The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie

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The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie is a collection of interconnected short stories with recurrent characters. In the title story, one of the main characters, Victor Joseph, describes his deep-seated frustration as a Native American when he goes to Seattle to live with a white girlfriend and then returns to the Spokane Indian Reservation. The entire collection deals with the Native American experience both on the reservation as they deal with relatives and friends and outside the reservation in their interactions with the white man's world.

The Lone Ranger was originally a radio show and later a popular television program. Its main title character was a masked white hero who rode around the Old West fighting outlaws. He was accompanied by a Native American companion named Tonto who was always faithful and obedient and spoke only a few words of a sort of pidgin English. Many people, including many Native Americans, feel that the...

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