Sherman Alexie is one of our most acclaimed and popular writers today. With Ten Little Indians, he offers nine poignant and emotionally resonant new stories about Native Americans who, like all Americans, find themselves at personal and cultural crossroads, faced with heartrending, tragic, sometimes wondrous moments of being that test their loyalties, and their notions of who they are and who they love.
Sherman Alexie has with engaging humour and acuity tilted at the self-serving myths of nobility or stoicism projected on to Indians (not “jewel-on-the-forehead” but “bows- and-arrows”), a term he prefers to Native Americans.
The author is able to portray gender, poverty, humor, grief and death throughout these stories. It is impresseive the way that the author is able to accurately portray women and give them a voice through his own. There’s a truly understanding of what it is to be human and what it is to live – to live darkly, to live humorously, to live with grief, to live with love.
Awesome book. Very funny, deadpan. Also eye-opening, in that I had no idea there was o much anti-Native racism in the Northwest. His dialogue is fantastic, especially when people talk past each other.
Alexie has made a career out of breaking apart white stereotypes of Indian characters, building stories which are honest, surprising, challenging and complex. Each collection has delivered a different world, full of humour and poignancy, rage and atonement but Ten Little Indians, despite its title, is the first book he’s published where being Indian has been incidental.