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THE SNAKE GAME.

Johnson, Wayne.

ISBN 10: 0394583353 / ISBN 13: 9780394583358
Published by KNOPF. NY 1990, 1990
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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First Edition. Very close to fine in a fine dj. (Trace of faint foxing at top edge. Mild corner crease on rear dj. flap) Author's well reviewed FIRST book. Bookseller Inventory # 8115

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Title: THE SNAKE GAME.

Publisher: KNOPF. NY 1990

Publication Date: 1990

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: First Edition.

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Chronicles the lives and fates of a group of Native Americans along the Minnesota/Canada border and the young white man drawn into their world

From Publishers Weekly:

In his first novel, Johnson evokes a community of disenfranchised Indians, the Ojibway and Chippewa, as its members slowly leave their cultural enclave over 30 years from the '50s to the '80s. Chronicling the defeatism, desperation and the violence of the neglected poor, using unabashedly spare language--a style that stringently avoids any excesses of emotion--Johnson creates an odd tension. Racism, murder, genocide and sexual passions are related as straightforwardly as sections detailing fishing, welding, the molding of love charms and baseball games. Each chapter is in fact like a powerful short story that could stand on its own. In "Coots," an Indian boy receives a gun for his birthday and, venting his long pent-up rage, starts shooting uneatable birds as the white man does, just for the fun of killing. In "Bear, Dancing," a young man, Bear, is asked to play Santa Claus before members of his tribe. Suddenly, his ho-ho-ho's metamorphose into a tribal chant and dance--to the priest's consternation. In "Arrival," a white girl attempts to seduce her father's Indian employee, whom she previously found repugnant, while not far off the same Indian's brother lies dead, his head blown apart in a "hunting accident" by a known bigot. A provocative, potent debut.
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