The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven is an inspiring book of short stories that tells of the tragedies and miracles that occur on the Spokane Indian reservation. These stories are told from the perspectives of many different characters such as Junior, Victor, and Thomas-builds-the-fire. Some of the things that these stories document are everyday life on the reservation, tragic deaths of family members, and miracle children. Each story is completely different, so you will just have to read them all to hear all of the stories.
I really enjoyed reading this book. The stories, although they were sad, were very interesting and entertaining. As usual, Sherman Alexie has crafted a masterpiece of stories and melded them together into one outstanding book. I think everyone should have a chance to read this book. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.
This book is a collection of stories which revolves around downtrodden has-beens and their mishaps on the Spokane Indian Reservation. The main characters are a group of men dealing with their woeful struggles: Alcoholism, failed marriage and their ex-stardom. Thomas-Builds-the-Fire was a great storyteller who has been forgotten and ignored by the people on the reservation. Junior’s life has fallen apart ever since his wife left him. Victor was a well-known basketball player and legend on the court who is now trying to keep sober. Even though this is a depressing subject, Sherman Alexie manages to make this book funny and include many dark but humorous moments.
Sherman Alexie created a good piece of fiction, because he made it seem realistic, while educating the reader about how hard life can be on the res. I like this book because it’s descriptive, funny and life-like. Even though this book had its moments, I had a hard time connecting with it because I thought the stories dragged on.
Summary: This book is a collection of short stories by Sherman Alexie about life on the Spokane Indian Reservation.
It goes through the lives of Thomas-Builds-The-Fire who is a storyteller that always gets ignored, Victor who was a basketball
hero but now is a recovering alcoholic, and Junior whose wife left him and later had to raise a child who wasn’t his own. Sherman Alexie does a great job of summarizing each of these character’s lives in only a few chapters. This humorous novel will make you laugh out loud.
Review: This is the third book of Sherman Alexie’s I’ve read, and really enjoyed it. He is able to tell a story that hooks you right from the beginning. I also felt like I was able to connect to the characters really well and could feel what they were feeling. Alexie has a style of writing that reaches the reader through humor, sadness, and adventure. Even though this wasn’t my favorite of his novels, I would definitely reccomend it.
Rating: 3.5 stars
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