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Rigin and direction as are the characters of his plays making Taylor’s singular collection of fictions uite intentionally much than the sum of their parts By degrees dramatic shocking tender chilling affirmative and tragic each story takes on a different cliché or “common sense understanding” of inter racial and inter cultural relations all of them suffused with the incomparable wit gentle and generous humour mercilessly critical edge and profound emotional empathy of a master story tellerNo uarter is gi Some are funny some are heartbreaking but all are g Listening Woman by Tony Hillerman Summary & Study Guide uite intentionally much than the sum of their parts By degrees dramatic shocking tender chilling affirmative and tragic each story takes on a different cliché or “common sense The White Nights of Ramadan understanding” of inter racial and inter cultural relations all of them suffused with the incomparable wit gentle and generous humour mercilessly critical edge and profound emotional empathy of a master story tellerNo Beyond the Pale uarter is gi Some are funny some are heartbreaking but all are g

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Internationally acclaimed as a playwright screen writer comic and sardonic commentator on the endless gaffs absurdities and the profound and painful misunderstandings that continue to characterize social interactions between aboriginal and non aboriginal peoples Taylor’s stories in Fearless Warriors are a full frontal assault on stereotypes of all kinds and an edifying affirmation of humanity unlike anything else in fictionEach of these stories is as remarkably different in terms of its uniue narrative tone o I often struggle with short stories with the feelin

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Ven nor is it taken Native stereotypes of White culture are as fair a species of game for this writer as any other Ultimately each of these narratives becomes a bridge of understanding between cultures giving its readers access to the seemingly inexplicable actions of characters at the distant edges of our imaginations even just one of these stories “The Boy in the Ditch” does to illuminate the tragedy of the pre teen gasoline sniffing culture of Davis Inlet than any number of Royal Commissions will ever do I’ve been meaning to read Drew Hayden Taylor for


4 thoughts on “Fearless Warriors

  1. says:

    I often struggle with short stories with the feeling that I'm barely getting to know a character before my association with him or her is done yet Taylor managed to pack so much into each of these narratives that I never felt my usual loss Perhaps part of the reason is the way each story ends right in the middle of the action as though the story has continued but we've simply reached the end of what we can definitively know but there's also a grace to the way he details the uirks and foibles of individual characters that helps build a really remarkable whole In many ways there was nothing particularly new in these stories the perspective on reserve life on government schools on untimely death on the economics of living on Indian land of religious conflict all of these have been explored in other books by Native authors and often in greater depth Still I enjoyed visiting Little Otter enormously and particularly relished the couple of stories that were a new take on a complicated history the boy who takes his life because his teacher tells him he can't be an astronomer for example; the Oji hawk wrestling with homophobia and grief as he tries to understand what happened to his father in VietnamLooking forward to reading Taylor's other works


  2. says:

    Some are funny some are heartbreaking but all are good


  3. says:

    I’ve been meaning to read Drew Hayden Taylor for a while now I didn’t know much about him or his writing so I didn’t know what to expect and to be frank I was a little disappointed at firstThis collection of loosely connected short stories starts out uiet Enjoyable but uiet I’m a sucker for anything set in a small town I’m from one and miss it terribly now that I live here in the metropolis so I fell in love with Otter Lake First Nation pretty uickly But it all felt a little light the characters the plot the writing There wasn’t enough to sink my teeth intoBut after the third story I started to taste the meat People reappeared and I got to know them I learned to recognize Taylor’s shy sly wit The plots built on each other in a slow steady satisfying way Read patiently be willing to work for the payoff and ‘Fearless Warriors’ will reward you with a rich poignant funny experience


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    I enjoyed the fact that as with some of Sherman Alexie's and Thomas King's collections of short stories there is a thread tying the narratives of these stories together that provides a sense of cohesion I enjoy in novels without taking away from the ability of each of these stories to stand on their own As a teacher I appreciate that these are stories that are less enigmatic than some of King's work without being painfully obvious Hayden Taylor certainly still touches on the themes and experiences that many of my students particularly those of First Nations ancestry will find relevant but he does so in a voice that any any reader who has lived in any small town in Canada can relate to on some level Oddly I find that there are freuently examples of lack of understanding between males and females in Drew Hayden Taylor's works than there are between representatives of various cultures although an argument could be made one supposes for gender roles to be so different that they can feel like different cultures Nonetheless I can't imagine a bookstore putting DHT's books in the Gender Studies section simply by virtue of having grown up on a reservation he is automatically relegated to the 'genre' of Native Writer and categorized as such Although his characters are usually Native though or are married to were married to or are connected to Native characters the majority of the conflicts and the differences in perspective that they evidence have less to do with racially based cultural division than they do with gender and sex based differences guys who are in conflict with their girlfriends spouses and ex spouses trying to figure out how to navigate the world post divorce fearless warriors trying to figure out how to end a life mercifully guys trying to be both tough and be honest about their emotions people healing from the pain of love gone awry homophobia the willingness to risk everything for love These are not conflicts and challenges that are particular to Canada or to Native people of any place on earth but they are often the struggles of males and females as they try to come to terms with their roles in any given society and to navigate day to day life with each other even when they view and experience the same experiences entirely differently Amusing and thought provoking at times I like these stories for their basic humanity than for their content about any culture But hey it's nice to have things on an approved list for First Nations content And it's even better to remind people that sometimes content of stories is the content of human experience and we share that regardless of the colour of our skin regardless of what sides of battles our ancestors stood on and regardless of the pain of trauma we carry Those things are valid and impact the present but they are not our only stories and all stories are important as we move forward perhaps to actually build a true partnership between nations of people none of whom are going to disappear and all of whom have things to offer each other starting with stories


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