War Dances

War Dances

Book - 2009
Average Rating:
3
1
Rate this:
Fresh off his National Book Award win, Alexie delivers a heartbreaking, hilarious collection of stories that explores the precarious balance between self-preservation and external responsibility in art, family, and the world at large. With unparalleled insight into the minds of artists, laborers, fathers, husbands, and sons, Alexie populates his stories with ordinary men on the brink of exceptional change. In a bicoastal journey through the consequences of both simple and monumental life choices, Alexie introduces us to personal worlds as they transform beyond return. In the title story, a famous writer must decide how to care for his distant father who is slowly dying a "natural Indian death" from alcohol and diabetes, just as he learns that he himself may have a brain tumor. Alexie dissects a vintage-clothing store owner's failing marriage and his courtship of a married photographer in various airports across the country; what happens when a politician's son commits a hate crime; and how a young boy discovers his self-worth while writing obituaries for his local newspaper. Brazen and wise, War Dances takes us to the heart of what it means to be human. This provocative new work is Alexie at the height of his powers.
Publisher: New York : Grove Press, [2009], ©2009
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780802119193
0802119190
Branch Call Number: FICTION Ale
Characteristics: 209 pages ; 22 cm

Opinion

From the critics


Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment

j
jntsai
May 17, 2015

Does not fit in Lego star wars search BPL.

This was my first introduction to this author. I felt the chapters were inconsistent, some were really interesting and funny, some were not so well written and were more page flippers than page turners. The author is self depricating and realistic as well as insightful about his aboriginal background. He does not assume that he is the only one who has had a difficult upbringing, nor that all his problems are because of his ethnic origin. I will certainly read more by this author and recommend him to others.

Scout_WPL Nov 26, 2010

Pure voice of this author makes this book a must read.

Summary

Add a Summary

r
rudated
Jun 29, 2016

An interesting mix of poetry and prose captures with Sheman Alexie's wit the angst of growing up different while sharing universal truths.

Age

Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.

Notices

Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Quotes

Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Recommendations

Subject Headings

LibraryThing Series Information


  Loading...

Find it at CRRL

  Loading...
[]
[]
To Top