Tuesday, June 14, 2005

"..And Feel Like Hurting Somebody"

“If Crazy Horse, or Geronimo, or Sitting Bull came back...They would start a war....They’d listen to some dumb-shit Disney song and feel like hurting somebody....”

Someone in another blog recently posted a review of the Sherman Alexie book Indian Killer.

"..if the Ghost Dance worked ...All you white people would disappear. All of you. If those dead Indians came back to life...They’d kill you. They’d gut you and eat you heart."

Pocohantas fans beware. New Age wannabes, step off. It could get ugly.

Indian Killer is probably my favorite novel by Alexie. It's a murder mystery set against the backdrop of contemporary Indian politics and cultural clashes in Seattle. It's got enough "whodunit" to keep everyone reading, and enough challenging in-your-face politics to make you really think. I highly recommend.

I'm hesitant to say this, but I heard the movie version is in production. Anyone know if that's true? Even if it is, that does *not* mean you should wait for the movie to come out. Alexie's writing style is one of the joys of reading his works.

And don't be dismayed if your were taken aback by the quotes above. The book may challenge you, but it's not so easily dismissed as Angry IndianTM.

"Indian Killer tells this story without preaching or yelling. We follow characters we genuinely care about, whether white or native, because nothing is black and white even the so called enemies are interesting and human. Even the thugs who are beating up the vagrants are shown as more then just three dimensional bigots. In the end this just makes their actions all the more disturbing."

And who doesnt like disturbing?


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