26 December 2009

War Dances; Sherman Alexie

War Dances War Dances by Sherman Alexie
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another collection of short stories from Mr. Alexie, and another chance to laugh (sometimes shamefacedly) at the tragic humor. His stereotyping of Indians is, at times, difficult to read (is it "natural causes" when an Indian dies of alcoholism?) but that makes his words all that more powerful.

His tale of his menengioma struck home because a friend had one; his did not require surgery, hers did. Other stories hit in different ways, none terribly comfortably. Luckily, they're always short enough that the discomfort doesn't reach the 'put the book aside' level, and there's always humor mixed in.

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