Monday, February 27, 2017

War Dances by Sherman Alexie

Hardback Edition
Alright, I've been a fan of Sherman Alexie's writing since I read his book, 
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian a few years ago. I've since read Sherman Alexie's novel Flight, which I loved reading as well. 

I have even had the wonderful opportunity of hearing Sherman Alexie speak at the 2016 Bay Area Book Festival with Daniel Handler. It was awesome to have Sherman Alexie sign copies of my his novels while at this event.

So, this year I decided to read War Dances by Sherman Alexie, which is a collection of poetry and short stories written by Sherman Alexie.

I love Sherman Alexie's writing and as much as I enjoyed reading War Dances, it isn't my favorite book by Sherman Alexie to date. 

The following short stories from War Dances are my favorites: 'Breaking and Entering', 'War Dances', 'The Senator's Son', and 'Salt'. 

"If it is true that children pay for the sins of their fathers, is it also true that fathers pay for the sins of their children?" is one of my favorite quotes from War Dances, which came from the short story 'The Senator's Son'.  
The following is a summary for War Dances by Sherman Alexie from Amazon:
In his first new fiction since winning the National Book Award for The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, best-selling author Sherman Alexie delivers a virtuoso collection of tender, witty, and soulful stories that expertly capture modern relationships from the most diverse angles. War Dances brims with Alexie’s poetic and revolutionary prose, and reminds us once again why he ranks as one of our country’s finest writers. 
With bright insight into the minds of artists, entrepreneurs, fathers, husbands, and sons, Alexie populates his stories with average men on the brink of exceptional change: In the title story, a son recalls his father’s “natural Indian death” from alcohol and diabetes, just as he learns that he himself may have a brain tumor; “The Ballad of Paul Nonetheless,” dissects a vintage clothing store owner’s failing marriage and courtship of a Puma-clad stranger in airports across the country; and “Breaking and Entering” recounts a film editor’s fateful confrontation with an thieving adolescent. 
Brazen and wise War Dances takes us to the heart of what it means to be human. The new beginnings, successes, mistakes, and regrets that make up our daily lives are laid bare in this wide-ranging new work that is quintessential
I am giving War Dances by Sherman Alexie a rating of 4 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!

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