Reservation Blues: A Novel [NOOK Book]

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Winner of the American Book Award and the Murray Morgan Prize, Sherman Alexie’s brilliant first novel tells a powerful tale of Indians, rock ’n’ roll, and redemption
Coyote Springs is the only all-Indian rock band in Washington State—and the entire rest of the world. Thomas Builds-the-Fire takes vocals and bass guitar, Victor Joseph hits lead guitar, and Junior Polatkin rounds off the sound on drums. Backup vocals come from sisters Chess and Checkers Warm Water. The band sings...
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Reservation Blues: A Novel

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Overview



Winner of the American Book Award and the Murray Morgan Prize, Sherman Alexie’s brilliant first novel tells a powerful tale of Indians, rock ’n’ roll, and redemption
Coyote Springs is the only all-Indian rock band in Washington State—and the entire rest of the world. Thomas Builds-the-Fire takes vocals and bass guitar, Victor Joseph hits lead guitar, and Junior Polatkin rounds off the sound on drums. Backup vocals come from sisters Chess and Checkers Warm Water. The band sings its own brand of the blues, full of poverty, pain, and loss—but also joy and laughter.

It all started one day when legendary bluesman Robert Johnson showed up on the Spokane Indian Reservation with a magical guitar, leaving it on the floor of Thomas Builds-the-Fire’s van after setting off to climb Wellpinit Mountain in search of Big Mom.

In Reservation Blues, National Book Award winner Alexie vaults with ease from comedy to tragedy and back in a tour-de-force outing powered by a collision of cultures: Delta blues and Indian rock.

This ebook features an illustrated biography including rare photos from the author’s personal collection.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781480457171
  • Publisher: Open Road Media
  • Publication date: 10/15/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 306
  • Sales rank: 125,534
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Sherman Alexie

Sherman Alexie is the author of, most recently, Blasphemy, stories, from Grove Press, and Face, poetry, from Hanging Loose Press. He is the winner of the 2010 PEN/Faulkner Award, the 2007 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, the 2001 PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story, and a Special Citation for the 1994 PEN/Hemingway Award for Best First Fiction. Smoke Signals, the film he wrote and coproduced, won both the Audience Award and the Filmmakers Trophy at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival. Alexie lives with his family in Seattle.
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  • Posted October 29, 2009

    Great book

    This book is amazing, it starts off with a man named Thomas. Thomas is a lonely guy, mostly because he is always repeating stories to anyone that will listen. He lives on a Spokane Indian reservation, where he has lived all his life. Not very many travelers come through the reservation, but one day a black man named Robert. He supposedly sold his soul to "the gentleman", and is seeking out big mama to help him reclaim his soul. Robert claims he sold his soul so he could be the best guitar player ever know, and when Thomas gives him a ride to the mountain where big mama lives, he leaves the guitar with Thomas. He has some friends from the reservation that ask him about the guitar, and if he can play, he replies that he can, but Victor and Junior smash the guitar on the ground. After hearing Thomas play, they decide to form a band and set off on the road to stardom. This is a great book, and I recommend it to anyone who doesn't mind the occasional profanity.

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  • Posted April 11, 2009

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    Great!

    I loved this book, there is so much behind the characters. This book brings in characters from Alexie's other works and gives them a new aspect of personality appropriate for the situations they are in.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2013

    Kevin

    What will i get in return?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2013

    Sage

    Hey. Can you tell everbody in res 6 to come here? Im locked out.

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  • Posted October 29, 2009

    just for you travis

    this appears to be a good book. acoordin to my friend he really enjoys this book. it is entertaining and keeps you interested.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2008

    Sucks

    I thought the book was boring and I barely read it in my 12th grade AP Literature Class

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2003

    Too good a book!

    I read this book about 3 years ago for my class on American Diversity. It was my first encounter with Native-American fiction and, honestly, one of the most powerful experiences.The poetry is beautiful, even though, sad....I watched Smoke Signals after that (it's based Sherman Alexie's books and, if I remember correctly, directed by him) and enjoyed it too. The music in the last scene is awesome. This is the music that I heard while reading the book. Totally recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2001

    Magical

    I find all of Alexie's work magical and can't get my hands on enough of it. Reservation Blues is no different. The characters are complete and the story entertaining as well as pegagological. But the magic is in Alexie's narrative. The way his words fall off the pages and into the imagination will never cease to amaze me!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2001

    Sad

    This was a sad book. Not that the truth shouldn't be told as it is, because that is exactly what this book does, but it is put in such a 'life is hopeless' way that I didn't want to leave my room for all the wrongs in the world.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2000

    Outstanding

    This is one of the best books I have ever read and I would gladly give it tens stars if were possible

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