The Toughest Indian in the World

by Sherman Alexie

Grove/Atlantic | February 1, 2001 | Trade Paperback

The Toughest Indian in the World is rated 4.6667 out of 5 by 3.
A beloved American writer whose books are championed by critics and readers alike, Sherman Alexie has been hailed by Time as "one of the better new novelists, Indian or otherwise." Now his acclaimed new collection, ''The Toughest Indian in the World,'' which received universal praise in hardcover, is available in paperback. In these stories, we meet the kind of American Indians we rarely see in literature - the kind who pay their bills, hold down jobs, fall in and out of love. A Spokane Indian journalist transplanted from the reservation to the city picks up a hitchhiker, a Lummi boxer looking to take on the toughest Indian in the world. A Spokane son waits for his diabetic father to come home from the hospital, tossing out the Hershey Kisses the father has hidden all over the house. An estranged interracial couple, separated in the midst of a traffic accident, rediscover their love for each other. A white drifter holds up an International House of Pancakes, demanding a dollar per customer and someone to love, and emerges with $42 and an overweight Indian he dubs Salmon Boy. Sherman Alexie''s voice is one of remarkable passion, and these stories are love stories - between parents and children, white people and Indians, movie stars and ordinary people. Witty, tender, and fierce, ''The Toughest Indian in the World'' is a virtuoso performance by one of the country''s finest writers.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 256 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 3.94 in

Published: February 1, 2001

Publisher: Grove/Atlantic

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0802138004

ISBN - 13: 9780802138002

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Alexie does it again!! Hot on the heels of his successful screenplay, "Smoke Signals" coming to life on the silver screen, Alexie returns with a witty collection of short stories. Alexie is a remarkable talent, going from poetry, to short stories, to novel, screenplays, and now back to short stories. "Toughest Indian in The World", is a witty collection of stories that deals with the sometimes maddening experience of the urban indian. It crosses many topics such as inter-racial dating, people who are two-spirited (Gay), and many other topics. Within the brilliant writing, readers are shown that today's Aboriginal people are no longer tawny children of the woods, or the Noble Savage. Alexie's words absolutely shatter the stereotypical indian image. Incredible stories from an incredible writer.
Date published: 2001-06-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Oh enit Sherman... Sometimes reading Sherman Alexie just annoys me. He's got that poor wounded Indian man thing (we used to be warriors! Now all we can do is dream about basketball and drink because we've been so cut down by colonialism!) down to perfection... I can say that cause I'm a happy full-blooded Iroquois woman. I think Sherman Alexie is better when he sticks to straightforward narration with just a soupcon of magic realism, when he's funny and intense and his insight cuts like a knife... when he starts going off on his little poemical tangents, he loses me. This latest collection has all of those elements, and his best stories are the ones that bite and chomp heartily on your soul. The fanciful ones... well, all I can say is, heckinnit, as we say on Six Nations. P.S. The stuff about Mohawk women being assimilated into the Spokane tribe? That's just wishful thinking!!!!
Date published: 2000-10-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read This Book! This collection of short stories is not for the faint of heart. Once again, Sherman Alexie wields his story-telling wand in a way that evokes unexpected emotions and may transform the reader's take on life as an American Indian in the year 2000. He creates magical metaphors with a little ink and a lot of courage, staring down a dozen or more ugly realities and everyday universal nuisances. And, he is direct and uncompromising in his portrayal of American Indians in real-life, non-stereotypical, and gutsy stories. Alexie has been selected by The New Yorker as one of the best American fiction writers under 40. Read this book and get in on this 'best kept secret' in American fiction writing today. You will be transformed.
Date published: 2000-06-20

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The Toughest Indian in the World

by Sherman Alexie

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 256 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 3.94 in

Published: February 1, 2001

Publisher: Grove/Atlantic

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0802138004

ISBN - 13: 9780802138002

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A beloved American writer whose books are championed by critics and readers alike, Sherman Alexie has been hailed by Time as "one of the better new novelists, Indian or otherwise." Now his acclaimed new collection, ''The Toughest Indian in the World,'' which received universal praise in hardcover, is available in paperback. In these stories, we meet the kind of American Indians we rarely see in literature - the kind who pay their bills, hold down jobs, fall in and out of love. A Spokane Indian journalist transplanted from the reservation to the city picks up a hitchhiker, a Lummi boxer looking to take on the toughest Indian in the world. A Spokane son waits for his diabetic father to come home from the hospital, tossing out the Hershey Kisses the father has hidden all over the house. An estranged interracial couple, separated in the midst of a traffic accident, rediscover their love for each other. A white drifter holds up an International House of Pancakes, demanding a dollar per customer and someone to love, and emerges with $42 and an overweight Indian he dubs Salmon Boy. Sherman Alexie''s voice is one of remarkable passion, and these stories are love stories - between parents and children, white people and Indians, movie stars and ordinary people. Witty, tender, and fierce, ''The Toughest Indian in the World'' is a virtuoso performance by one of the country''s finest writers.