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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (Jan. 1 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446673706
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446673709
  • Product Dimensions: 2.7 x 13.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #324,798 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nicely done. Made me wonder why First Nations people don't actually have any serial killers out there... why don't First Nations people 'snap'? Hmmm. Most resilient people in the world.
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By fangkuifu on Oct. 26 2003
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As I read the first half of Indian Killer, I found that I was not that interested in the story. Maybe it was the soap-opera-like writing style, switching from person to person and setting to setting, that caused me to have a mild dislike for the novel. Never once was I able to fully experience things through the mind of one of the characters, because the next chapter would undoubtedly switch characters and settings in an attempt to portray things from another perspective. But, in the end, I think that this is one of the most endearing aspects of the novel.
The novel could be said to be an exploration of how racial perceptions would play themselves out in a particularly trying circumstance. In order to show how different groups of people would react, Sherman Alexie switches from character to character. The usefulness of this approach is that one immediately sees how a person's setting, history, and ethnicity impacts his or her perception of reality. Perhaps Alexie wrote the novel to explore, in his own mind, the motivations and perceptions of different people. In fact, while Alexie does paint people in fairly broad brushstrokes, he does consistently add fine touches and nuances to give characters more depth. Depth is very important because, in real life, people are multi-faceted and can often see things from different points of view. This is especially true for people who are torn between two different worlds, i.e. American Indians who must decide between being materially successful in a white dominated world and devoting themselves to preserving their cultural heritage.
This leads me to another aspect of the novel. That is that choices do not always present themselves in an objective manner. Each person perceives events differently depending on his or her background.
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By A Customer on Oct. 14 2003
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As a quater Cherokee I was interested what a current Native American piece of literature written by an actual Native American would be like. Would it be boring? Just like any other book about Native Americans? Or something different? I got my answer within the first few chapters. A racy, intrigueing, and ultimately surprsing book about a Native American's struggle with identity and closure with societies steroetypical white man. A true thriller right down to the last page.
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By Depp on Oct. 14 2003
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This is a good book and i would recomend it to someone with a short atention span. This book will wrap you up and you will not wantto put it down. The auther did a very good job with introduceing new people into the story. this is a mystery that will will keep you guessing untill the end. it is about the murders of white men you are being scalped and left for dead. this sends the city of seattle into an uproar acussing every person with an idian backgrond of being the murderer.
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This book is great, it may seem slightly lengthy before you start reading, but it moves very quickly. I gave it 4 instead of 5 stars because it is a little on the crass side for me, nevertheless it is extremely interesting and it will make you think. Sherman Alexie is an excellent writer, and I would recommend any of his books for mature readers.
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By A Customer on June 23 2003
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Although this book is from the mid-90s, it has relevance that reaches beyond the last part of 20th C. America.
Still, it has its limitations. Alexie, unwittingly paints a portait of natives as being tragic and broken, perpetuating the idea that we are the "vanishing race." He reuses a few too many points leftover from "First Indian on the Moon" and echoed later in "Toughest Indian in the World."
One of the weakest points was portraying John Smith as a possible schizophrenic, meaning the mental instability stemmed from his lack of identity or that it was the sole cause of his troubles. Would Smith have been as angry, lost, or destructive if he had been sane?
Marie Polatkin is just a cardboard cut-out of his similiarly named, oriented characters. "Beautiful" is a word he continues to use to describe her with, so much so that it loses its meaning. All natives are supposed to be beautiful, untouchable creatures for display and romanticization, eh?
Alexie knows how to write, and he knows how to write about native americans. He's probably the best, most influential writer working today. Actually, if you haven't read his other books, read this one because it says it all.
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By Josh M. on March 19 2003
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Sherman Alexie is an excellent author, whos books touch those who have read them. Alexie's way of writing is a unique and uninhabitabal island, in which only he has the key. Indians are illisrtated in this book as people who have been mistakened as bums and unlawful individuals. On the otherhand indians are also demonstrated as racially targeted individuals who have been put out into the sparring ring of an up and coming bull fight. Indian Killer is an excellent book Alexie's writing techniques allow him to place pictures directly into your mind while leaving you breathless.
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Sherman Alexie's mystery novel "Indian Killer" grabs the readers attention from page one. One finds themselve looking over their shoulder while reading thinking that they may just be the next victim. The title of the book itself conveys a dual message to the reader making one reconsider who is commiting the horrible crimes inside the book. This Native American novel appeals to both male and female readers of all ages because it deals with controversial issues that are very much prevelant in today's society.
John Smith, an Indian raised white, yearns desperately for his lost heritage as he seeks to find his true identity. In Seattle John meets Marie, an Indian rights activist at the local university, who together grow inraged at the local people who try to act Indian such as writer Jack Wilson. Murders throughout the city are taking place which appears to be committed by an outraged Indian who leaves behind two owl feathers. The local bigoted disc-jockey creates a division amongst the whites and Indians. His programs incite violence and before long...the Indian Killer strikes again.
"The killer saw the fear in the white man's blue eyes. The man's fear inspired the killer's confidence. The killer slid a hand beneath the jacket and felt for the knife."
This novel will keep you on the edge of your seat just wondering who is murdering these innocent people. This is a great novel that not only stimulates the mind but also educates. I give it a big thumbs up.
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