And all with the inauspicious beginnings of an Indian boy, growing up on the Spokane reservation in Washington. Poverty, disappointment, failure, alcoholism, depression There was that movie "Smoke Signals" based on one of the stories in this book and possibly the television show "Northern Exposure" but that is it, ladies and gentlemen.
Hence, these stories are infinitely readable and distressing.
All I can say then is that this book is beautiful. In it, a character's mother mentions that her son's stories are always kind of depressing.
He said that he was loving the book and "laughing like a madman. This is the book to read when you ask yourself, "What author haven't I ever read before. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to be challenged by a dark yet colorful description of the Native American life.
It was published by Grove Press and has a total of pages in the book. Should be required reading for any American. This leaves the reader with an uneasy sense of optimism that arises from the narrative's suspension of conventional norms about how to communicate or interact with others.
Couldn't anything be possible when there are no apparent guidelines about how to live a life. 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,a dn most poetically, between modern Indians and the traditions of the past.
I mean, where in popular culture do you ever come across a modern day Indian. I then asked him "How the hell am I supposed to review this. I'm really grateful Sherman Alexie got his chance to speak to the universe. But through his introduction and throughout all the stories in this book, one word ran through my head continuously; brilliant.
I loved his writing, his crisp, bone simple and straight style. It is eminently readable and Alexie displays a style that combines poetry, mysticism, and an understanding of the human condition that is remarkable.
The descriptions and the characters are very realistic, the names and places are not very fictionalized, and it makes me feel right at home. I felt for his finely etched characters, a handful of them--especially one named Victor, presumably the author's stand-in--recurring throughout.
The first thing that struck me about Alexie's writing is that although there is much humor, it is a kind of humor that elicits guilty laughter:. Omniscient Point of View in “This Is What It Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona.
Omniscient Point of view in “This Is What It Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona” The story “This Is What It Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona” by Sherman Alexie is a fictional narrative that reflects his experiences during his past and present life.
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Writing Exercises. Play It Again, Sam: Revision. Re-Vision. Worry It and Walk Away. Sherman J. Alexie’s “This is What It Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona” has multiple interconnecting themes and symbolic ideas throughout his story. Alexie’s story can be simplified as the death of a father changed his son’s life.
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Understanding the message that Alexie is trying to display to his readers can vary in many ways and depends on the reader 's understanding of the story.The faults of arizona in the story that is what it means to say phoenix arizona by sherman alexie