Spokane Indian story-teller Thomas Builds-the-Fire embarks on a magical musical tour
with his motley all Indian band after a visit from bluesman Robert Johnson. The quest, which leads the group to Seattle, New York and home as each member meets his/her "cross roads."
Funny, sad, poignant narrative of contemporary Native American life.
I really enjoyed this book. The story is fun because the Indian main characters are trying something new and exciting, namely becoming famous musicians, and these characters feel like real people. I was cheering for these people all the way through, and I hoped they would make a killing as rock and rollers and return to the reservation in triumph.
There are downers, like too much drunkenness and a cursed guitar that has a touch of the devil to it. There are sad stories for some of the characters, and none of them get out of the novel unscathed.
The writing is crisp and moves right along, but I only gave a nod to Sherman's skill with words. It was the characters who lift the story right off the pages and into your imagination. Read "Reservation Blues."
I loved the way the characters talked and reacted to each other. It was a good story, but I didn't like the ending...
Clichéd and done better by others.
Sherman Alexie has been on my radar ever since reading "The Absolutely True Diary of A Part-time Indian." Alexie's power as a writer doesn't come from intensive world-building, but from the emotional effects of the environment (the Spokane Indian Reservations) that his characters inhabit. This book is no different. You will laugh and cry with the members of Coyote Springs as they play the blues, tour, and battle their own personal demons. Readers gain rare insight into being a modern-day Indian. Some of their struggles any member of a minority group will relate to. The juxtaposition of legend, magic, humor, social issues, and dark realism, make this novel a must read.
Alexie soars with originality as he takes us on a crazy road trip with Coyote Springs, a Native American rock band from the Spokane Indian Reservation. The poignant humour and pathos of modern Indian life are brilliantly evoked -- and the characters are wild, woolly and wonderful.
Thomas Builds-the-Fire is back! My favorite Alexie character ever forms an R&B band with Victor Joseph and another Spokane Indian in this book. This follows the band’s career, delving into the pasts and families of the band members. As I’ve come to expect from Alexie, it is by turns hilarious and tragic, with vivid gritty characters and scenes. A very satisfying read.
Reservation Blues ---- by Sherman Alexie c - 1995 ---- Excellent read! ---- Humor at its' best, the writing is very good. ---- Enjoy! ---- RichardPaul
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