How they did To me an achievement of his writing is that whoever you are, you will gain unforgettable insights into the realities of being Native American here and now, while both laughing and gritting your teeth and possibly crying, too. Do I dare to open this door? Oh, yes, well worth it. Format: Paperback Verified Purchase. The focused reader will note that all of Alexie's stories are to some degree autobiographical, as much as he would deny it, and all very repetitive in characters and motifs.
It is, as such, very easy to mix up any two of his short stories. Those are all my qualms about Alexie's writing. By the same token, he is also an amazing writer, who can drown the reader in the emotion of the story, and of the narrator, so that you can almost feel the suffering, or the isolation, or the existential crises of the stories.
Alexie explores issues of identity and culture unabashedly and beautifully, and this selection of stories is very representative of his best writing. He may be controversial, but not many others are stepping up to write on these matters as viscerally as him. You can quibble about the selection of older stories and the odd order of the TOC--no logic of any kind seems to guide it. But if you are a fan of Alexie's short fiction, this book is a must-have. The new stories--some of them very short, some very long--are memorable and well-written.
I read through in the order presented, skipping only a couple of stories I have read numerous times. Even those I read parts of. Alexie's work is uncompromising. He's beholden to no group--his Rez, NA activists, etc. He;s kind of fearless so you have frank sexuality and multi-sexuality, LOL moments, and emotionally moving passages that mostly seem earned. He takes on some hard subjects as usual--addictions, racism, masculinity, fathers, the complexities of being a member of a colonized partly assimilated people. These's a lot of basketball.
This book is a good intro to his short fiction but does not replace readng The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, his first and most consistently great collection. The stories from this book in Blasphemy are all good, classics of a sort. Selections from his other collections are mostly well chosen, though there are a couple I would not have included.
This is inevitable for this type of collection. Obviously I am a fan. If you have read him and are not a fan I'd not recommend it; if you are a fan, you should read it. See all reviews. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. This item: Blasphemy: New and Selected Stories.
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