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Reservation Blues: Introduction
Reservation Blues: Plot Summary
Reservation Blues: Detailed Summary & Analysis
Reservation Blues: Themes
Reservation Blues: Quotes
Reservation Blues: Characters
Reservation Blues: Symbols
Reservation Blues: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Sherman Alexie
Historical Context of Reservation Blues
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- Full Title: Reservation Blues
- When Written: 1995
- Where Written: Washington, U.S.A.
- When Published: 1995
- Literary Period: Contemporary Fiction, Native American Fiction
- Genre: Magical Realism, Native American Literature
- Setting: Wellpinit, Spokane Indian Reservation, WA
- Climax: The climax of Coyote Springs’ underdog tale comes when the band is called upon to play at Cavalry Records, hoping to make it big—but it becomes more of an anticlimax as Victor’s guitar rebels and the band falls apart.
- Antagonist: Unsupportive Tribe Members (like David WalksAlong), Racism, Alcoholism, and Poverty
- Point of View: Third person omniscient
Extra Credit for Reservation Blues
ABA Honors. Reservation Blues won an American Book Award in 1996.
The Globe. Alexie was born with hydrocephalus, a condition that occurs when an excess of fluid builds up in the cranial cavity. Because his head was larger than other children his age, he was nicknamed “The Globe” in elementary school.