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  1. Casey Casey says:

    This is one of my favorite books to teach I give it to my tenth graders We do most of it as a read aloud We do most of it as discussion My students enjoy this book because they don't think they'll be able to connect with native americans on the west coast when they're alt school kids on the east coast but then they're amazed Some themes poverty alcoholism depression love passion sex confusion loneliness isolation are universalThis is one of the few books that I have read with a class had a student go to jail during the reading and come back asking to read the book and tell me about how he picked up another book about native americans while in jail because he missed LRTFFiH so much That's probably the best endorsement I can give a book


  2. Nathan Nathan says:

    I finished The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven last night on the way to a speech Alexie was giving I had enjoyed it well enough—Alexie was consistently funny and thought provoking through the entire collection—but it wasn't until afterwards in a book signing and meet and greet that I actually got it As I got up to the table it became clear that I was a bit anxious I don't do well in crowds and I was a bit star stuck by his presence So as I rambled through my words he finished signing and offered to take a picture with me Because my hands were shaking I've never been the kind of person who's cool under pressure he grabbed my phone cracked a joke about how awkward I was acting made a funny face and snapped a photo It turned out well It's this combination of humor and kindness that's almost ashamed of itself that makes Alexie so readable He writes proud people people who are afraid to seem vulnerable and afraid to be close to others I think of Jimmy ManyHorses who even on his deathbed refuses to be totally open and trusting with his wife I think of Norma who flees from both Jimmy and Junior when they each show her what they consider to be their deepest self I think of Victor who repeatedly shuts Thomas' kindnesses out because his sense of dignity doesn't make allowances for support and real friendship In these flawed portraits there are moments where the realness of the people he's created shines through The cores of each person's identity—in terms of race family and overarching humanity— are repeatedly exposed here and at each instance it's clear how deeply Alexie knows that putting out in the open unexpressed pieces of oneself can just as easily feel painful beautiful or both at once I'm still amazed that Alexie was only 26 when he wrote this I'm ridiculously excited to dive into of his work


  3. Mariel Mariel says:

    We have to believe in the power of imagination because it's all we have and ours is stronger than theirs Lawrence ThorntonMake me jealous If you can make me jealous I am yours I was kinda jealous of the community because they HAD one despite tearing itself down in the no past and no future I kinda loved these stories I was almost belonging to it Sometimes I felt lonely from the possessiveness of their heroes That kinda sucked because I've been trying hard to avoid loneliness Sometimes I understood the loneliness that caused that and I'd have uncomfortable thoughts about why I don't feel community and communicativeThe possessiveness is what kept them connected and also what kept them down The lower points were fascination in what happened My highs were the fascination in the stories of what could be The imagination MarielThe Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight In Heaven is the second recommendation I've tried from karen's readers advisory for all group karen's project for school is to help readers think about what they are looking for in a book helping other readers find their deepest book desires Like the kinds of books you REALLY hope to find but seldom know about how to go towards discovery since I'm nuts I just call them my fetishisms to myself The criteria can get really specific I asked for recommendations for short stories that would make me feel as Winesburg Ohio did in my woefully lacking in real reaching out words The feeling of Winesburg being the connected best way as souls turned inside it's hard to put it how I mean it I wanted short stories because it is hard to take that kind of closeness for long Sometimes you can't bear to be in that life prison for well lifeChristy she hasn't read Winesburg suggested reading 'Tonto' Thank you Christy Check out her great review of this book that is much much better than mineI know how all my dreams end anywayI was not a fan of the introduction by the author If you ever read the ass patting praise uotes on the back of book jackets? Alexie gave me major vibes of buying into that The great new voice 'Tonto' was published in 1993 There was an indie film version Smoke Signals MIRAMAX DID IT It played at SUNDANCE Y'know ROBERT REDFORD'S Sundance Gasp I haven't seen it That'll show those guys who used to insist I'd seen everything since the '70s I clearly haven't Blah blah it was in its tenth publication He wanted to give a fuck you to this lady agent who didn't think the stories were ready yet that they needed work Um The book is very good But I don't like the feeling I get from the great new voice stuff I think the book should live as best it can and not worry about being scene changing What the hell is that anyway? If you got published and it all worked out why worry about some lady agent from freaking years ago but not nearly long enough to be considered a classicAnyway I thought that Alexie should have taken Thomas Builds the Fire's advice and live for the now I really liked Thomas I got the trying to know how other people felt through stories feeling from him The inventing your own reasons to live by knowing others around you through imagining what could matter to them Community type stuff thereAlexie also wrote in the introduction that his detractors didn't approve of the alcoholism of his stories I'm totally with him on that just being autobiographical Do they really think that writing stories about people who drink is the problem in the situation? Really?My mom was always calling my dad a drunk Indian he died of drink as did five of his six brothers The other surely will do the same His father was Cherokee I'm about as Cherokee as Johnny Depp is I guess That and thinking he had a Jesus beard were my earliest impressions of him Not that my mama spared me the abuse stories She didn't My mom might have meant it as a slur But she STILL sighs over how good looking he was these days I think he looked like a prototype hipster My mom would totally be one of those annoying white people written about in 'Tonto'I did wonder if the introduction bitterness had to do about himself being one of the heroes who made it That would be a funny feeling To be a hero


  4. Pamela Pamela says:

    We need authors like Sherman Alexie Being Native American in the US is like living in our own foreign country within a country No one besides an Indian REALLY knows what it is like to live on a reservation Alexie vividly paints this picture in a no nonsense brutally honest way I love that I wish general joe public had of a grasp of what growing up Native American is like instead of applying the age old stigmas of uneducated diabetic drunks who run the casinos and play BINGO I love my heritage and am desperately trying to keep it alive with my children We are a dying breedonly a shell of what we used to be before the Europeans cameand yet so rich in culture and tenacity I appreciate how Alexie captures this in his writing Today is a good day to die I found myself remembering some of the lingo from the rez and way it is spoken I love how Alexie brings this inenit and yahey I could feel the beat of the drums through each story Echoing in the wind where ever I amcovering me in a blanket bringing me peace While on the reservation there always seemed to be drums in the air I would step outside the hospital during my night shift for a break and hear drums beating in the distance Like a lullaby An instant stress reliever A soft breeze combing through the hairs of my arms ComfortThis is what Indians are good at Living for today Living the NOW Becausetoday is a good day to die ORtoday is a good day to read a book Today is a good day to read Sherman Alexie Bring it on dude


  5. Christy Christy says:

    Alexie's collection of linked short stories is a tale of life on an Indian reservation; it is an exploration of the ways in which Indians deal with the pains and the joys of their lives storytelling dance basketball food alcohol; it is a reflection on the relationship between past present and future; and it is a meditation on storytelling as a means of bearing witness and as a means of creation and changeThe first story of the collection Every Little Hurricane introduces both the functions of storytelling and the interconnectedness of pain and joy Told from the perspective of a nine year old boy Every Little Hurricane describes a scene at a party in which the young protagonist watches his uncles fight in the yard He could see his uncles slugging each other with such force that they had to be in love Strangers would never want to hurt each other that badly 2 Immediately we are shown this connection between hate and love between the specific and beautiful and the dangerous and random 5 The young boy Victor does not really take part in the action of the story however He is merely a witness They were all witnesses and nothing For hundreds of years Indians were witnesses to crimes of an epic scale 3 The second story A Drug Called Tradition takes up the uestion of time Three young Indian men try a new drug together one that gives them visions of a glorious past horse stealing music dance only to be warned in the end against the seductive appeal of this past as Thomas tells them not to slow dance with their skeletons 21 This is explained further Your past is a skeleton walking one step behind you and your future is a skeleton walking one step in front of you 21 Sometimes these skeletons can trap you or they may try to tempt you but what you have to do is keep moving keep walking in step with your skeletons and no matter what they do keep walking keep moving And don't wear a watch Hell Indians never need to wear a watch because your skeletons will always remind you about the time See it is always now That's what Indian time is The past the future all of it is wrapped up in the now That's how it is We are trapped in the now 22 The past tradition can be glorious Thomas warns the young men but looking only backward is dangerous; similarly looking only forward to a potential future is dangerous Both are dangerous because they prevent a clear vision and an actual experience of the actual present real world In Imagining the Reservation Alexie presents a formula that is key to the entire book He writes Survival Anger X Imagination Imagination is the only weapon on the reservation 150 He notes the limitations of imagination asking Does every Indian depend on Hollywood for a twentieth century vision? 151 and How can we imagine a new language when the language of the enemy keeps our dismembered tongues tied to his belt? How can we imagine a new alphabet when the old jumps off billboards down into our stomachs? 152 But he also ends the story with a call for imagination for imagination that has concrete resultsThere are so many possibilities in the reservation 7 11 so many methods of survival Imagine every Skin on the reservation is the new lead guitarist for the Rolling Stones on the cover of a rock and roll magazine Imagine forgiveness is sold 2 for 1 Imagine every Indian is a video game with braids Do you believe laughter can save us? All I know is that I count coyotes to help me sleep Didn't you know? Imagination is the politics of dreams; imagination turns every word into a bottle rocket Adrian imagine every day is Independence Day and save us from traveling the river changed; save us from hitchhiking the long road home Imagine an escape Imagine that your own shadow on the wall is a perfect door Imagine a song stronger than penicillin Imagine a spring with water that mends broken bones Imagine a drum which wraps itself around your heart Imagine a story that puts wood in the fireplace 152 3 The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fist Fight in Heaven is a book that is not without hope but it is a hope that is thoroughly aware of what has lost that cannot be regained and of what losses may be sustained in the future It is a hope that dares not look into the future at the expense of the present or the past Alexie writes in the final story Witnesses Secret and Not that sometimes it seems like all Indians can do is talk about the disappeared 222 asking at what point do we just re create the people who have disappeared from our lives? 222 At what point is the storytelling and the memory a new creation and what is the cost of this memory and this creation? Imagination the key component of both this kind of memory and of storytelling he seems to say is both a burden and a tool


  6. J.K. Grice J.K. Grice says:

    What's not to love about Sherman Alexie??? Funny and wicked sharp


  7. Xueting Xueting says:

    This is one of his earlier short story collections and I think Sherman Alexie definitely got better at writing later on in his career Several of the stories here left me skimming because I was confused bored or both Some ended too abruptly In some it felt like Alexie was going a bit too experimental on the structure and I got lost But most of the stories were so excellent That's why short story collections are so hard to review for me because they can be pretty uneven or inconsistent like this one The second half in the collection had much better stories than the first half I like the stories that had Thomas Builds the Fire especially the Phoenix Arizona story The first story Every Little Hurricane was a great opening story the one with that crazy long title the longest one that mentions Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock was also good The standouts to me are Imagining the Reservation the My favourite tumor story the titular story and Witnesses Secret and Not I find Sherman Alexie a remarkable and special writer because of how he blends sharp humour with the realism of life as a Native American on a reservation His humour is so self aware and not too serious to be a satire such that I can actually enjoy thinking about the real political and cultural issues behind each story Even if the characters don't seem to have hope I want to hope for them That's really rare and so skilfully done here


  8. Betsy Robinson Betsy Robinson says:

    The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman AlexieMany years ago I worked in a hub for indigenous peoples and storytellers from all over the world and I think they taught me a lot—most of it not through ordinary words Whether they were Native Americans or African shamans or People of the South American Forests or Aboriginal Australians the thing they had in common was an inclusive view of all life everything is alive; there is no division between all that is life or between incarnate and spirit In white people's terms there is no difference between metaphor and common reality dreamland or awake time imagination and history; they are one in one flow and interchangeableAlthough The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven is an uneven collection of short stories some immaturely written others mature what I appreciate is that Sherman Alexie wrote straight sharing life on the reservation and his people and their point of view without explaining or in any way trying to package it for white culture Some stories are pure expressions of despair; some are funny; some are like free verse poetry and all of them express what it is to live in white culture but to be made in and of a culture that has been assaulted for centuries a culture that sees things differently so that one's experiences are different This alone makes this book worth reading and learning from—even if you can't follow things like a man becoming a pony in the 1800s and then floating around in time The reservation doesn't sing any but the songs still hang in the air Every molecule waits for a drumbeat; every element dreams lyrics Today I am walking between water two parts hydrogen one part oxygen and the energy expelled is named Forgiveness p 150 Imagining the Reservation


  9. Evonne Evonne says:

    OMG So glad that I'm done with this book


  10. Christine Christine says:

    Maybe Alexie's best book rough and elouent sweet and brutal smoky and colorful and moving always honest made we want to write so bad it hurt I found it in City Lights in SF when I was on a 300 Tercel no air conditioning but a pup tent honeymoon It's a book I always go back to Have been following his work sincegod a long time First went to a fiction panel he was on at WritersWork then in bright white Park City My husband was the only native in the audience maybe in the building maybe in Park City Everything I write I write to spite the white people who had set me up to fail he saysan opening of sorts White people in audience said things like If I want to learn about Native Americans I go to white people because they're objective and unbiased HOly mother of god I live on the same planet with these people? And we're stuck within the same atmosphere you say? But Alexie held his own with the little chimps and we David and I had a new hero At one point white guy with cough cherokee grandma said I once sat in a ceremonial circle with ten traditional Lakota medicine men and Alexie says If you once sat in a circle with ten traditional Lakota medicine men they were neither Lakota nor traditional Or SOMETHING like thatdon't uote me on it Hubby and I were in love with Alexie immediately and forever Of course I already had a good start having read Lone Rangeroh and poetry before that I think still in Moscow Idaho I thinkBut I'm still reading his most recent Over the long long long holidays my husband read ABSOLUTELY TRUE DIARY on his side of the bed while I read THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GOD on mine Our conversations just not with each other Oh Oh Oh god Fuck me Oh my fucking god Amazing So beautiful One One paragraph Wow One page Just one one one one Had to turn the radio on so our children wouldn't hear Too stunned for sex we'd just try to sleep like that book closed finally knowing we've got too much work to do am looking at the ceiling anyhow hands buzzing head buzzing thinking of all the lovely possibilities and tongues of phrase Thinking of all we could let go of to find that thing Alexie found or Zora foundthat evocative elixir that makes you want to simultaneously die and live and pull like taffy not like THATI'm a girl nothing to pull but the longitudes themselves then just slice off that way uietly left to think ourselves to bliss But now it's my turn for ABSOLUTELY TRUE So good night


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The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven ➶ [Reading] ➸ The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven By Sherman Alexie ➫ – Thomashillier.co.uk In this darkly comic short story collection Sherman Alexie a SpokaneCoeur d'Alene Indian brilliantly weaves memory fantasy and stark realism to paint a complex grimly ironic portrait of life in and ar In this darkly comic short story collection Ranger and Epub â Sherman Alexie a SpokaneCoeur d'Alene Indian brilliantly weaves memory fantasy and stark realism to paint a complex grimly ironic portrait of life in and around the Spoke Indian Reservation These interlinked tales are narrated by characters raised on humiliation and government issue cheese and yet are filled with passion and affection myth and dream There is Victor who as a nine year old crawled between his unconscious parents hoping that the alcohol seeping through their skins might help him sleep Thomas Builds the The Lone PDF \ Fire who tells his stories long after people stop listening and Jimmy Many Horses dying of cancer who writes letters on stationary that reads From the Death Bed of James Many Horses III even though he actually writes them on his kitchen table Against a backdrop of alcohol car accidents laughter and basketball Alexie depicts the distances between Indians and whites reservation Indians and urban Indians men and women and most poetically between modern Indians and the traditions of the past.

  • Paperback
  • 242 pages
  • The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven
  • Sherman Alexie
  • English
  • 05 January 2015
  • 9780802141675

About the Author: Sherman Alexie

Sherman J Alexie Jr was born in Ranger and Epub â October A SpokaneCoeur d'Alene Indian he grew up on the Spokane Indian Reservation in Wellpinit WA about miles northwest of Spokane WA Alexie has published books to date Alexie is an award winning and prolific author and occasional comedian Much of his writing draws on his experiences as a modern Native American Sherman's best known works in.