The Toughest Indian in the World

The Toughest Indian in the World


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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.

Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, 2000.
ISBN: 9780871138019
Branch Call Number: J/ALEX
Characteristics: 238p. 22cm.


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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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