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S a Vietnam veteran who has survived the war but is having troublesurviving the peace on a reservation where every. Some of the stories in this book continue the stereotypes of Indians and it really bothered mebut a LOT of it really makes you think Just be glad that you don t have to live on a reservation The end of the book is very interesting as it is articles from various newspapers on Indian issuesand the last is a very cleverironic play written by the author

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Walking the Rez Road

One is broke and where the tribal government seems to work against the interests of the reservation folk Throughou. Since reading several books of the genre I have become to feel like what I would be classified as the white enemy But I still can empathize with the characters and appreciate the writing Even white people are victims of the government they created and their own societyThere is beauty in the telling of the everyday life bingo harvesting rice and even the sad drunk has its beauty These are peopleCourage is garnered in reading each new chapter of experience of the main character Despite all he lives he goes on with integrity and aplomb Somehow his circumstances are better than the last chapter He has not lost himself He has risen over and above I m not sure how but it seems through uiet integrity and strength of character

Summary Walking the Rez Road

Walking the Rez Road contains forty short stories and poems featuring Luke Warmwater as a central character Luke i. The stories are very loosely connected While the blurb on the back puts a lot of emphasis on the effects of the protagonist s experiences in Vietnam on his post service life I found that only the first third of the book dealt with the war at all After that the stories had to do with Rez life generally Not that that s a bad thing at all and I did enjoy the expanding of Luke Warmwater s identity especially since we only catch glimpses of him across decadesThe stories themselves are short anecdotes taken seemingly at random from a whole lifetime of experiences They cover everything from being a soldier to playing Bingo with his wife to harvesting wild rice They are slice of life stories mostly without a specific point at least at a surface reading other than to simply exist in that moment I enjoyed the writing style which has a strong narrative voice as well as the sense of humourI was really impressed by a few of the poems too Several of them packed uite an evocative punchThe edition I read also had a number of non fiction articles by the author which helped to provide some of the context and subtext for the preceding storiesOverall this is a fairly short read but an interesting one Northrup s individual perspective on Rez life is a valuable one


10 thoughts on “Walking the Rez Road

  1. says:

    Pretty straightforward account of day to day adventures of Ojibway denizens of the Fond du Lac rez in Minnesota Alternately

  2. says:

    The stories are very loosely connected While the blurb on the back puts a lot of emphasis on the effects of the protagonist's experiences in Vietnam on his post service life I found that only the first third of the book dealt with th

  3. says:

    Walking the Rez Road is an insightful journey into parts of this country that are essentially hidden in plain sight Rez of course refers to the reservations that many of our Native American citizens live on Northrup has a pull no punches writing style that depicts in vivid poetry and prose both the darkness and the humor which are inextricably woven together of day to day life as a reservation dwelling native son His forays back i

  4. says:

    I love this book of short stories and poems by Anishinaabe writer Jim Northrup His humour is just sparkling and the tales of the characters on

  5. says:

    I really enjoyed this collection of stories and poetry I have rarely ever highlight books basically only if they were assigned for classes but I found myself reading so many of Northrup's hilarious and witty one liners as well as astute observations that I had to highlight them so that I can go back and find my

  6. says:

    Some of the stories in this book continue the stereotypes of Indians and it really bothered mebut a LOT of it really makes you think Just be glad that you don't have to live on a reservation The end of the book is very interesting as it is articles from various newspapers on Indian issuesand the last is a very cleverironic play written by the

  7. says:

    This is a must read for those who want to know what Indian life in the 21st Century is like If what Paul Chaat Smith associate curator of the National American Indian Museum a Smithsonian Museum says Everything You Know about Indians Is Wrong his book title is true then this book Walking the Rez Road small and lyrical pa

  8. says:

    Since reading several books of the genre I have become to feel like what I would be classified as the white enemy But I still can empathize with the characters and appreciate the writing Even white people are victims of the government they created and their own societyThere is beauty in the telling of the everyday life bingo harv

  9. says:

    0513 page 145 820% Very funny and an interesting look at attitudes towards the law on the part of Native Americ

  10. says:

    I am thoroughly enjoying this book of short stories interspersed with prose poems The short windows into Native life on the Fon du Lac reservation in Minnesota whether fiction or semi autobiographical in addition to occasional ruminations on a

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