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The Toughest Indian in the World

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2004

    The Book Was Excellent!!!!!!

    I've read the book twice and I loved it! The book portrays Indians as regular every day normal which is who they are. Just like you and the next regular Joe. I will probably read it over and over again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2002


    I had high hopes for this since I thought 'The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven' was maybe the funniest book I've ever read... but it didn't really live up to my hopes. Some of the stories are good, some others I just gave up on completely. On the plus side, Alexie always does a neat job of writing about Indians in all walks of life - professional, homeless, city, rural, etc.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2002

    kind of a mixed bag

    this collection of stories contains some gems and some that are pretty bad. it's tough to judge sherman alexie on this collection. 'Assimilation' is a story that had a lot of potential until it started to become choppy and just ended. 'toughest indian in the world' was a good story until the end, when it took a homosexual twist for no purpose at all. and in the closing words of the story alexie seemed to be trying to say something, just not anything the reader will pick up. 'south by southwest' made some sort of attempt at being profound gay fiction but failed almost as miserably as the plot. 'the sin eaters' is by far the best piece in the collection. it's what kafka would have written if he were indian. this story is a rarity in the collection, it starts off well and doesn't fizzle out. 'saint junior' is a sweet story about love that just isn't interesting. 'dear john wayne''s tough to figure out just what alexie was trying to do here. 'one good man' is another sweet story about the love between a father and son, that, like 'saint junior' just isn't interesting, though the candy hunt passage was good. i can't say not to purchase this collection, because you should read 'the sin eaters' but maybe you should borrow it if you know someone who has a copy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2001

    A must-read

    I didn't know what to expect when I picked up this book, since I usually don't read short story collections...I ended up reading the entire book during the drive home from a camping trip--I couldn't put it down. Alexie's writing is powerful and evocative; as an aspiring writer, I found myself envious of his talent when I read some passages. He definitely knows his craft. The bottom line? Whether you're American Indian or not, these stories will leave you with a new perspective on life, love, and race.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2000

    Alexie's best book since The Lone Ranger and Tonto

    Sherman Alexie's dramatic novel containing several powerful stories. An excellent book that I highly recommend to anyone into Native American Literaute, or anybody looking for a good contemporary author.

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