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Fresh off his National Book Award win, Alexie delivers a heartbreaking, hilarious collection of stories that explores the precarious balance between ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 4.000
Ellyb

Always angry, always humorous

by Ellyb on Aug 8, 2011

Alexie certainly has a fallback type for his characters; angry and funny. While I recognize that this is a recurring pattern, I still respond to these characters. Perhaps I am his ideal reader, identifying with every manifestation of witty/pissed off narrator he offers up. But it may also be because of his plain yet pointed style of prose, which is just so effortlessly readable. I think he could tell any story about any person and I would just drink it in. Many of the characters in War Dances fit this pattern, and it might become a little wearing for those who do not automatically respond to that type of narrative voice. However, he is a keen observer of human nature. I think his ability to put his finger on the source of these characters' anger is what makes him so worth reading.

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