The Toughest Indian in the World

The Toughest Indian in the World

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“Stunning” short stories by the National Book Award–winning author of The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution).
In this bestselling volume of stories, National Book Award winner Sherman Alexie challenges readers to see Native American Indians as the complex, modern, real people they are. The tender and tenacious tales of The Toughest Indian in the World introduce us to the one-hundred-eighteen-year-old Etta Joseph, former co-star and lover of John Wayne, and to the unnamed narrator of the title story, a young Indian journalist searching for togetherness one hitchhiker at a time.

Countless other brilliant creations leap from Alexie’s mind in these nine stories. Upwardly mobile Indians yearn for a more authentic life, married Indian couples push apart while still cleaving together, and ordinary, everyday Indians hunt for meaning in their lives. The Toughest Indian in the World combines anger, humor, and beauty into radiant fictions, fiercely imagined, from one of America’s greatest writers.
This ebook features an illustrated biography including rare photos from the author’s personal collection.

Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, 2000
ISBN: 9781480457188
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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mvkramer Feb 25, 2017

This collection is an intimate tour through human pain. As usual, Alexie's characters are very real, but his stories lean away from the funny side in this volume and more towards the tragic. The story that stuck with me the most was "The Sin Eaters" - a dystopian vision in which Native Americans are rounded up so white people can harvest their bone marrow. Yeeesh.

WVMLStaffPicks Jan 22, 2015

Fantastic short stories about the North American Indians that we rarely meet in literature: the middle and upper class professionals, the bureaucrats, and poets falling in and out of love and struggling to find their true identity. Told with great passion and humour.

lindycat Dec 23, 2014

This is a worthwhile read. Sherman Alexie is a good storyteller. His stories stay with you. You won't be disappointed.

Jul 30, 2014

Really good collection of short stories. While the tribes and locations kind of repeat themselves, the people and struggles faced are all very different. I especially recommend the last three stories. John Wayne, set in the future as a sociologist records the memories of the last Native American, is reason alone to pick up the book.

Sep 08, 2013

Absolutely wonderful!! Must read. The stories that will stay with me for a long time are Saint Junior and A Good Man. Alexie's stories reflect life's true nature: we are constantly floating through moments of joy, sorrow, happiness, struggle, excitement, enlightenment and beauty. I plan to read all of Alexie's works.

Jul 04, 2013

Another collection of short stories, this one grimmer in tone than some of the others. “The Sin Eaters” is positively horrific. Yet, as I’ve come to expect from Alexie, the writing is earthy and beautiful, and the stories stick with you and make you think. This collection leaves me unsure how to react, except to read everything the man has ever written.

Jun 29, 2011

Terrific collection of short stories, ranging from sweetly adorable to crushingly depressing. I would especially recommend the stories St. Junior, The Toughest Indian in the World, and (if you're up for it) The Sin Eaters. Gorgeous work.


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mvkramer Feb 25, 2017

Frightening or Intense Scenes: The entirety of "The Sin Eaters".

mvkramer Feb 25, 2017

Sexual Content: Frank discussion of sex. Marital infidelity.


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Jul 07, 2016

I wanted to open up his dictionary and find the definitions for faith, hope, goodness, sadness, tomato, son, mother, husband, virginity, Jesus, wood, sacrifice, pain, foot, wife, thumb, hand, bread, and sex.


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