Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Someone is killing, scalping and kidnapping white people in Seattle. It's assumed that the killer is Indian and white yahoos respond by attacking natives. The physical violence mirrors the cultural violence inflicted upon Indians by whites. I get that but I regret to say that this novel did not live up to my expectations. Though I wanted to like it I thought all the characters, white and native, were one dimensional. The anger and violence didn't turn me off, the unsympathetic, unreal characters did. All the hype had led me to expect more of this author. I'll give Alexie another go but I can't recommend this book.