The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven

by Sherman Alexie | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0802141676 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingMelydiawing of Rockville, Maryland USA on 7/1/2022
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3 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by wingMelydiawing from Rockville, Maryland USA on Friday, July 1, 2022
This was left over after a Heart of Maryland chorus book exchange.

Registered in Rockville, Maryland, USA.

Journal Entry 2 by wing6of8wing at Rockville, Maryland USA on Friday, September 9, 2022
I stole this book from Melydia tonight. I am trying to decide between giving it to Zippy to release at the LFL at the National Museum of the American Indian or putting it in a LFL by me that tries to focus on indigenous issues.

When I read the book in 2019 I quite liked it (see copy of review below). I am a little conflicted now because Alexie has done so much for indigenous literature, but it came at a price, as we learned during the Me Too period. It is hard to know when you jettison the art and not just the artist.

My 2019 review: In 1998, I went to the movie theater and saw Smoke Signals, which had won the Audience Award at that year's Sundance Film Festival. I went with my good friend, who is Cherokee and Ojibwe. I laughed and she laughed and sometimes we laughed at the same things. That began my relationship with Sherman Alexie. Since then, I have been to 2 conferences where he was a key note speaker and felt the same connection. I read two of his other books (Reservation Blues and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian) and loved the second one so much that I signed up to give away 25 copies for World Book Night that same year. He is, in my mind, as The New York Times said, "one of the major lyric voices of our times." It doesn't hurt my relationship with him that we both attended Gonzaga University at different points in time and both loved Dick's hamburgers, or that I have visited the Spokane reservation where he grew up, so that I feel bonded to the geography of his stories.

All that being said, this book, which contains the roots of what became the movie Smoke Signals (highly recommend) is not what the movie was based on. They contain some of the same characters and some of the stories, but not all of the things I loved in the movie are in the book. Both are glimpses into what being a Native American from the Spokane Tribe is like, both are funny and sad and infuriating and poignant. I don't know that I can pick a favorite of these stories or can explain the book beyond what I have already written. They are pieces of a patchwork quilt of life from this perspective and the book has been fit like a piece of an even larger quilt into my understanding of Alexie's world and the world of Native Americans and of America and of humanity. It is like one of those ever widening panoramic shots at the end of an epic movie. It is worth the time to view up close and will impact your relationship to the wide shot.

Journal Entry 3 by wing6of8wing at Silver Spring, Maryland USA on Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Released 2 mos ago (9/14/2022 UTC) at Silver Spring, Maryland USA


Passing this along to SqNutZips (Zippy) for release at the NMAI.

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Journal Entry 4 by wingSqNutZipswing at Silver Spring, Maryland USA on Wednesday, September 14, 2022
6of8 dropped this book by my house this morning to release at the NMAMI the next time I am in DC.

Journal Entry 5 by wingSqNutZipswing at Silver Spring, Maryland USA on Wednesday, October 5, 2022
Planning to rlease this book at LFL at the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) tomorrow.

"Sherman Joseph Alexie Jr. is a Spokane-Coeur d'Alene-Native American novelist, short story writer, poet, screenwriter, and filmmaker. His writings draw on his experiences as an Indigenous American with ancestry from several tribes. He grew up on the Spokane Indian Reservation and now lives in Seattle, Washington".
from Wikipedia

Released 1 mo ago (10/6/2022 UTC) at National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, District of Columbia USA


Released into the LFL at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI). The LFL at the museum seems to change places regularly. Currently the LFL is located on a windowsill in the small coffee shop on the ground floor. If U cannot find the LFL ask at the info desk or ask one of the docents.

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