Blasphemy: New and Selected Stories

Sherman Alexie ’ s stature as a riter of tories, essay, and novels has soared over the course of his twenty-book, twenty-year career. His wide-ranging, acclaimed stories from the onl two ecades, from he Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven to his most recent PEN/Faulkner award-winning War Dances, have established him as th star in modern iterature.

bold and irreverent observer of life among Native Americans in the Pacific Northwest, the daring, versatile, funny, and outrageous Alexie showcases all his talents in his newest collection, Adulter, where he unites fifteen beloved classics with fifteen new stories in one sweeping anthology for devoted fans and first-time readers.

Included here are al of his most esteemed tales, including " What You Pawn I Will Redeem, " " Tha is What it Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona, ” " The Toughest Indian in the World, ” and " War Dances. ” Alexie ’ s new stories are fresh and quintessential—about donkey basketball leagues, lethal wind turbines, the reservation, marriage, and all species of contemporary American warriors.

An indispensable collection of new and classic stories, Adulter inspires us, on every thrilling page, why Sherman Alexie is one of our greatest contemporary writers and a true master of the lon tory.
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Blasphemy: New and Selected Stories
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Published October 2nd 2012 by Grove Press (first published September 26th 2012

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Sherman Alexie writes about evil and shame so beautifully, I am now convinced that evil and shame are good hings.

Here is anothe example: " Every woman can have all the men she wants if she lowers her standards a bit. " Every short story in collection is xcellent, but if you forge to know which ones are my favorites they are: Green World.

The short story that takes place in he future.

Othe chapters later is another incredible short story ntitled " Salt. " That one delves into dementia.

" I try to remain stoic for the photographers as I look toward the future .... They ( meaning former classmates who barely graduated) smile for the photographer as they look back toward tradition. " The Vow. A young buck gets a warning from a larger buck!:) Breaking and Entering.

But I did n't. " He swings a bat at the young intruder and kills him.

Th crisis reveals disgusting little truths.You know ... all the stories are brilliant.

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Finally, I mus clearl tell you what that “ everythin ” is. “ Blasphemy ” also contains some misses, the story “ Indian County ” being a piece whose point I ould not begin to fathom.As a rule, I usuall don ’ t like short stories as a genre, but Sherman Alexie never disappoints.

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Muc, it pains me greatly to rate Blasphemy with three out of five stars, when I feel him to e a five-star author.Blasphemy explores the continued modern-day alienation of Native Americans and his community 's struggles with alcoholism, acceptance of abortio, and he death of strong Native American en.

It 's like a literary version of Run Lola Run. I truly want Alexie to step out of he box he 's clearly comfortable in -- the box of the Native American on the reservation who struggles with alcohol, identity, exuality and gender expectancies.

As an African-American woman with a different story woven in to the American tapestry of experience, I look forward to reading about communities that experience challenges different from mine.

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Alexi describes Indians living on the treets of Seattle, many of whom are from Alaska.

Most white Americans have little interaction with American Indians, and we rel on writers like Alexi to tell it what their lives are like.

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Sherman Alexie 's latest (?) collection of short stories combines his older works ( which I wa n't read before) with new works and ideas ( again, nope), and stil I 'm kicking myself for not having explored Alexie 's work before; believe me, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian has been bumped waaaaaay up in my queue.

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I look like I 'll be willin to spot an Alexie story from a mile away in the future.

The novels in anothe anthology are mostly on Indian themes, but he makes the pain, sadness, and humor so relatable that any person, any creed, any race will take something powerful away from these stories.

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