Thursday, June 24, 2010

Desired but not needed Adaptations: Reservation Blues by Sherman Alexie

Somewhere on the seam that lies on the border between April and May a friend of mine was about to graduate from the same university from which I graduated in December. As we sat and allowed the light from 2008's Iron Man to glow on our faces, we discussed some of the classes he had taken in the semester that I missed. The one that we kept coming back to was American Novel.

At one point he said, "Aaron, I don't usually like contemporary literature, but I couldn't put this book down. I think you'll love it." I asked him what it was and he ran upstairs and brought down a copy of Reservation Blues by Sherman Alexie. A book that I took a while to get to, but when I did, I devoured. It is a novel about a rock band called Coyote Springs, made of five American Indians. Three Spokane Indians (from Washington) and two Flathead Indians (from Montana) It is hard to describe some of the happenings in the novel, it is an enjoyable though not always...kosher...read.

Its about stories. Its about desire. Its about sex. Its about friendship. Its a powerful book with the kind of dialogue that would make any cinephile salivate. The film could be visually stunning, though it wouldn't have to be. It could be an intimate portrayal of these young people's lives and the way that their lives were able to rise and fall with the times and circumstances. This is a film that I would like to see made. But if it never comes to fruition: worse things have happened.

22 comments:

婉婷 said...

河水永遠是相同的,可是每一剎那又都是新的。.................................................................

江婷 said...

死亡是悲哀的,但活得不快樂更悲哀。......................................................................

貴寶 said...

向著星球長驅直進的人,反比踟躕在峽路上的人,更容易達到目的。............................................................

鄭湘定 said...

人有兩眼一舌,是為了觀察倍於說話的緣故。............................................................

Starleigh Grass said...

If you liked the book you might like the movie that he wrote, Smoke Signals. Reservation Blues is the first Alexie book I read, but by no means my favorite. My top three picks by Alexie are The Toughest Indian in the World (short stories), Flight, and a book of poems that he did (can't remember which one. Whichever one had The Farm in it).

Starleigh Grass said...

Ooh, I almost forgot to mention that someone made a short film out of one of his short stories. Mr. Potatohead is one of the characters. You can find it here http://twinkleshappyplace.blogspot.com/2010/02/south-by-southwest-movie-by-sherman.html Like most of Alexie's work it's both absurd and profound at the same time.

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吳婷婷 said...

留言支持好作品~加油!期待進步和更新..................................................................

吳婷婷 said...

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曹初帆張武茜 said...

Make hay while the sun shines...................................................

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凱v胡倫 said...

河水永遠是相同的,可是每一剎那又都是新的。............................................................

偉曹琬 said...

享受你自己的生活,不要與他人相比。......................................................

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316 said...

Quality is better than quantity...................................................................

48684 said...

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張佳穎 said...

這一生中有多少人擦肩而過?而朋友是多麼可貴啊!......................................................................