Good. 0816616302 Good, clean text, paperback binding, light to moderate wear to corners and edges, may have previous owner's signature, remainder mark, sticker/residue, and/or other minor aesthetic flaws. Satisfaction guaranteed. Last Word Books & Press is an Infamous Independent Bookstore and Print Shop located in Olympia, Washington.
Very Good in Wraps: shows indications of very careful use: considerable shelf-soiling along the bottom edge; very light wear to the extremities; mild rubbing to wrapper covers; a touch of riffling at the corners of the first few pages of text; binding square and secure; text clean. Remains close to 'As New'. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 8vo. 158pp. First Ed thus; unstated. University Press Paperback. This is a rather odd novel, broken down into a series of stories, vignettes and (mis)adventures involving various members of the Browne family, `mixedbloods' from an Indian reservation in northern Minnesota. As the title suggests, Vizenor is deeply interested in trickster themes, here borrowed from Native American and (to a lesser extent) Chinese oral traditions. Also, the concept of mixedbloods is the overriding leitmotiv of the entire book-often symobolized by mongrels. The style varies, and this is a very postmodern literary experience, but that shouldn't stop anyone from reading it. Generally this is a rewarding book: the narrative, if difficult to follow at times, is often humorous, yet behind this light-hearted veneer there is quite a bit of scathing commentary.
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Publishers Weekly, 1988-07-15 In his superbly written satirical tales, Vizenor draws readers into the world of the Native American tribal trickster, ``a warrior on a coin that never lands twice on the same side.'' The author imaginatively recounts the escapades of a family of Mississippi Chippewa tricksters living on a reservation in northern Minnesota, beginning with the grandfather, Lusterbow, ``the Baron of Patronia.'' The grandchildren include Slyboots Browne, a ``wild avian dreamer'' who manufactures airplanes and trains Chippewa pilots ``for an airborne revolution''; Tune Browne, founder of the New School of Socioacupuncture at the University of California at Berkeley; and Ginseng Browne, who is named on a federal warrant after supplying ginseng to the Communist Chinese. What inspires Vizenor are the adventures of each grandchild and, by extension, the uneasy relationship of contemporary Native Americans to society at large. The stories could be dogmatic in a lesser writer's hands, but Vizenor imbues ethnic commentaries with humor. Tune, for instance, makes comic use of his heritage by ``improving his poses on late-night television shows'' and ``cocking his cheekbones higher . . . to mimic old western photographs.'' A member of the Minnesota Chippewa tribe, and a novelist and poet with several published works, Vizenor, a masterful storyteller, also lyrically evokes tribal myths. Illustrated. (September)
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