It is she who faces down the three thugs who mean to attack the homeless Indians. The Killer is very specific with their weapon of choice and they practice with the knife for long stretches of time. What is the result of the ambiguity at the end? He continues to be one of my favorite authors. They'd read books by assholes like Wilson, and they would start killing themselves some white people, and then kill some asshole Indians too. Most of the novel also takes place at night which makes people uneasy. Both a splendidly constructed thriller—and a haunting, challenging articulation of the plight and the pride of contemporary Native Americans.
But the killer also saw the more subtle signs of unhappiness. Do you find humor in the book? It is neither hopeful nor trying to mend the relationship between Native Americans and the white society of the U. And, to focus the issues and themes of cultural domination and destruction through the p This novel is a ghost story, a murder mystery, a psychological thriller, and a historical narrative reflecting the slow erosion of the native peoples of North America. They are the ones turning their heads trying not to see or hear. What is your view on the controversy? Mather, then with the university president and finally with the police restates the central argument of the novel, that white involvement with American Indians is destroying their culture. You think Indians are so worried about peace and beauty? The closer to the end the book got, the faster the pace. Talk about her insistent provocation of Dr.
I have an undeniable fondness for Alexie I'm already planning how to teach his The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian at the beginning of the next school year. I was a bit apprehensive as I started reading, afraid I'd get nightmares or something, but the book quickly drew me in. The Killer is a manifestation of everything the Indians hope to accomplish. Alexie's two main questions seem to be: 1. Talk about the anger of Indians toward whites and whites toward Indians. Otherwise, they are cardboard cutouts.
The characters in this book attempt to hurt others -- or actually do it -- to remedy their lives. But both forms have much in common: frustration, anger, loss, etc. Although his parents, Daniel and Olivia Smith, are themselves benign, their efforts to nurture a positive Indian identity in John adds to his torment. . She wanted every white man to disappear. Alexie writes his books in such an order that the reader always knows more than the characters but at the same time is forced to feel the pain felt by the characters. I'm all for genre-bending, but this was one of the least satisfying endings I've ever read.
Too many Indians, this gives the Indian Killer motive and some even believe that he is a manifestation of the Ghost Dance. Sympathetic characters die or are threatened. A recent exception to this is Sherman Alexie's Indian Killer, though I feel it is not nearly as good as it would have been had political voice not been the driving motivation behind it. He knew Wilson claimed he had some Indian blood, said so inside the book. The slight hesitation before opening a door. There's also the fact that it's a mystery without a solution.
I can imagine Alexie took a lot of flack from certain quarters. Would that Indian Killer lived up to the social realist experiment that it seems to be! Read his I've heard Alexi disavow this book publicly, so I don't feel bad giving it a negative review despite adoring the author. Some drink alcohol and others Diet Pepsi. But the killer also saw the more subtle signs of unhappiness. Therefore the use of feathers shows a reference to the spirit world within Indian culture. It is about Native Americans but it is void of Native American clichés unless cliché is used to criticize cliché not trying to give you a headache here. Alexie has published 18 books to date.
It reads more like a contemporary fiction or political novel. The true target is mystery novelist Tony Hillerman, whom Alexie goes so far as to parody in his book. I just finished it and really did enjoy it, pretentious literary ambitions and all. A serial killer in Seattle sets off a cascade of reactions and violence in and against the Indian community in Seattle. Or the two-legged, four-legged, and winged. He fights for a sense of belonging that may never be his—but has his alienation made him angry enough to kill? The title of the book, Indian Killer, implies that there is going to be a killer and that killer is going to kill Indians.
And you know, as the reader, that people are being treated this way today. Mather believes that he is truly painting a positive picture of the Indians and he believes he is helping them. It's well written and characters well developed. Just look around at the world. But that was the novel--snippets of characters, snippets of plots, nothing fully developed except for fear and hate. There's the white man who romanticizes the idea of Indians and considers himself an expert on Indians. I write this to preface my thoughts about this novel compared to the others I have read by him.
At the academy, Officer Peone figured he would be fighting bad guys. Part thriller, part magical realism, and part social commentary, Indian Killer. Bottom line: Do yourself a favor and pass on this one. John decides though that he must kill the white man that made everything go wrong. Some believe that a serial killer feels strongly attracted by a specific physical characteristic in the victim.
Were treated this way yesterday. John attacks Wilson, slashing his face with a knife. I hope you read it. There are no easy answers in this book. To Marie, any interference is damaging, and the thought of whites co-opting her culture is especially galling. I think, though, that Alexie's rage is waning and that he's found a way of not necessarily forgetting what happened, but refocusing on other issues that affect 'people' rather than this or that race. The title itself made me question my thought processes, as I immediately envisioned a book replaying and displaying the historical themes of colonization and genocide against Native Americans in a modernized plot.