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8vo. VG/VG. lightly exposed DJ spine in faint yellow, with black handwritten-style capitals for title and author follows in uppercase black above black publisher with icon. front panel is mostly illustrated, blue/white and red/black coloration to the background for the generated uppercase red/black titling made to look handwritten. small yellow band along bottom edge has black uppercase author. aging and handling visible along perimeter. a rough weave of light and dark blue threads apparent on medium blue spine and panelboards, much abraded at spine ends and boards have heavy edgewear and worn corners and spine ends. ivory unmarked endsheets. generally read through but unmarked and all corners neat. 223 pp. ISBN # 0871135485. Rockville.
Very Good in Good dust jacket. Signed by author in blue ink on title-page under his name, inscribed and signed again under that: "for Bruce and Amy Peace "10/31/94 Seattle". Inside rear panel of DJ waterstained. Wrinkling to DJ edges. Award label on front. Outside edges foxed.; 8vo 8"-9" tall; 223 pages; Signed by Author.
Disappointingly depressing collection. I liked much better TEN LITTLE INDIANS, which also showed the difficulties Indian face in America, but less grimly.,
May 3, 2007
The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fist Fight in Heaven
The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fist Fight in Heaven is a collection of short stories that has a little magical realism from Gabriel Marquez, the humor of Wodehouse, Native American Spirituality, some of the hopelessness of Kafka, and the tragedy of Shakespeare. It is an excellent book and yet to me the stories are missing something. For a long time I couldn't figure out what was missing. I am not Native American. The stories have a longing for a real Native Spirituality and the characters always fall short. It as if they are trying to recover the Native American Culture and refuse to accept that tragic as it might be, part of culture is gone forever. There is a failure on the part of the characters to recognize what cannot be recovered and create for themselves what their culture should give its people to survive in today's world.
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