Sherman Alexie: The Toughest Indian in the World

(842 words)
  • Martin Kich (Wright State University )

In his second collection of short stories, The Toughest Indian in the World, Alexie presents two more stories about reservation life, “A Good Man” and “Saint Junior”. In six of the other seven stories, Alexie shifts his focus from the reservation to Native Americans living in urban settings. Most of these urban Native Americans are relatively successful and lead materially comfortable lives – especially in comparison to their memories of hardship and impoverishment on the reservation. Taken together, the stories in this collection offer a less polemical but no less meaningful perspective on many of the themes treated in the novel Reservation Blues. Moreover, in their structures, these stories are, on the …

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Kich, Martin. "The Toughest Indian in the World". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 08 December 2007
[, accessed 30 September 2016.]

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  1. Native American and Canadian Writing