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The Only Good Indians (utgåvan 2020)

av Stephen Graham Jones (Författare)

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"Peter Straub's Ghost Story meets Liane Moriarty's Big Little Lies in this American Indian horror story of revenge on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. Four American Indian men from the Blackfeet Nation, who were childhood friends, find themselves in a desperate struggle for their lives, against an entity that wants to exact revenge upon them for what they did during an elk hunt ten years earlier by killing them, their families, and friends"--… (mer)
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Titel:The Only Good Indians
Författare:Stephen Graham Jones (Författare)
Info:Gallery / Saga Press (2020), 320 pages
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This book is astonishingly good. So astonishing that I struggle a little to explain what makes it good. The story, four Indian men marked for death and pursued, ten years after the act that doomed them, by what initially seems like guilt but becomes a vengeful spirit, isn't an original concept but the execution is breathtaking.

These are immersive stories. We get a ring-side seat on what's happening inside each man's head as his doom approaches.

We start with a man on the run from home who meets his death in a parking lot that is filled with balletic violence. The incident seems almost like not-unexpected bad luck except you know there's something more, something not quite natural, something linked to this man's past that has dressed punishment as misfortune.

Then we meet a man who has spent ten years building a life for himself with his white wife. A man who reads. A man who knows that he and his wife are saving each other. A man who is still haunted by guilt for what he did ten years ago. A man who, as strange things begin to happen, reasons carefully but whose reasoning slowly starts to incorporate myths and magical thinking that walks so close to madness that, by the time the destruction of his life comes, he accepts it fatalistically and is thankful for the ten years he had beforehand. Watching this process is painful, partly because it's so plausible

In the second hall of the book, back on the reservation, things become more complicated. The vengeful spirit becomes visible and sets up and feeds off conflict caused by the distrust and anger and grief of the two doomed men.

In each story we get a version of Indian men struggling to find a place for themselves. Overcoming what feels like a deeply rooted sense of doom. Attaching their hope to luck or to a woman who will rescue them or a daughter who will be better than them. When they lose everything, it feels like an outcome that they had always been waiting for, a second shoe that had to drop, an expiration date that they couldn't read but knew would come due.

All of the men are flawed, have made bad decisions, but they are all trying, in their different ways, for something different and better either on or off the reservation. The sadness in the book comes from knowing that these are not bad men but also knowing that they are unlikely to survive to live the lives they want to live. Although the story is one of supernatural vengeance for a wrong done, it felt as if this was just one possible version of the doom these men were under and that, spirit or no spirit, they face daily the chance that some act or decision or inaction will take everything away from them.

The ending is wonderful. Original. Full of hope but not fluffy. It's a hope based on courage but tempered by compassion and powered by the refusal of one young girl to be doomed or to doom anyone else.

This is a stay-up-late-to-finish-it book that is also a don't-skim-anything-cos-it's-all-too-good-to-rush book. I'm sure there's some clever structural stuff in there that's making this happen but I couldn't see it on the first read-through because I was being swept along by an immersive storytelling style that felt immediate and urgent while still being almost conversational in tone. As if you were catching up with someone you grew up with but haven't seen in a while and who has had some strange things happen in between that you need to know all about.

This is a full-length novel that feels like an oral story. Sometimes it's a story told at a bar to a friend. Sometimes it's a story you tell yourself in your head to convince yourself it's all going to work out OK, probably. Sometimes it's a legend told by an elder to children so that they can know threats when they see them and have the courage not to back away.

I can't explain why the prose works but I love it and I want more of it.

My advice: read the audiobook version of this book. The narration is perfect. It makes the prose dance. Click on the SoundCloud link below and listen for yourself.

https://soundcloud.com/simonschuster/the-only-good-indians ( )
1 rösta MikeFinnFiction | Apr 8, 2021 |
I am giving up. So many people that I respect really enjoyed and were moved by this book but it just wasn’t doing anything for me. I just couldn’t take the story seriously for some reason. I won’t rate it because I didn’t finish it. I wouldn’t discourage anyone from reading this novel. I am just calling it a DNF for me. ( )
  ChrisMcCaffrey | Apr 6, 2021 |
After a group of young male friends slaughters elk where they shouldn’t have, the spirit of Elk Head Woman comes after them. While racism and poverty structure their lives and explain something about why they did it, Elk Head Woman doesn’t care. Warning for gore. ( )
  rivkat | Mar 22, 2021 |
If this were a 1970s horror B movie, it would be called “Revenge of the Elk Head Woman”, which more or less sums up its central narrative idea. Just before Thanksgiving, four friends – Ricky, Lewis, Cassidy and Gabe – all members of the Blackfeet Nation, take part in an elk hunt, which leads them out-of-bounds to an elders-only area of the reservation. On that fated day they do not just break the law. They go against a more ancient, natural code. In the heat of the kill, Lewis shoots a young, pregnant elk cow. Her death is slow and painful. Lewis, immediately feeling guilty, promises the dying animal that nothing was going to spoil…no part of her could go to waste. He tries hard to keep his word – ten years later, despite having settled down with a white wife away from the reservation, he still holds on to the cow’s fur. Evidently, this does nothing to appease the soul of the elk, or whatever spirit animates these creatures.

The four friends are marked by this deed which, tragically, is less heinous than plain unfortunate. The novel starts with Ricky’s death at the hands of a group of drunk, white roughnecks, hardly a supernatural event. Yet, in his last moments what Ricky glimpses is the unexpected image of a great herd of elk, waiting. It is a warning of things to come. A decade after that memorable hunt, the elk cow returns as half-human, half animal monster, to seek out the three survivors and mete out her revenge.

All supernatural tales expect us to suspend our disbelief, but they still tend to follow an internal logic, one that is easy to fathom in the context of the story. The shapeshifting entity created by Jones, however, is hard to pin down; the mechanics of its manifestations difficult to explain. Is the Elk Head Woman an anthropomorphic, physical entity? Is it a human reincarnation of the killed elk? Is it some sort of collective representation of “elkhood”, engaged in a cosmic battle between Man and Elk, hunters and hunted? Or could it be a projection of guilty consciences? Are its powers merely physical? Can it mess with its victims’ minds and with Fate itself as is suggested by some of the narrative twists? The Elk Head Woman is all this and more. It is significant, in fact, that when the characters in the novel come across this monster, their first reaction is rarely fear – and is more commonly surprise and confusion. Jones here takes a risk which pays off. The elusive nature of the Elk Head Woman could have made it seem less immediate, less threatening. But it doesn’t – if anything, it adds to its/her creepiness.

My reference to B Movies isn’t coincidental. There are some stomach-churning scenes which are clearly influenced by splatter movies and which, to be honest, are not generally my line of horror. But I still found the novel gripping, especially its concluding chapters and the final, nerve-racking showdown between the Elk Head Woman and Gabe’s teenage daughter Denorah.

What makes this novel special is its use of the indigenous context and its insightful social commentary about the challenges to Indian identity. Its characters grapple with what it means to be Indian in a contemporary society. They bear the weight of injustices suffered over the centuries and the white prejudice they still face. They feel bound to honour their tradition while struggling to understand how to do so in the here and now. When Gabe and Cass decide to hold a traditional sweat, or purification ceremony, Gabe asks whether it may be held at night. To which Cass replies, “Let me check the big Indian rule book…” This exchange is typical of the dark wit which flashes (alongside the violence) throughout the novel. But it also highlights a central theme of this book – what is it that makes “a Good Indian”?

Significantly, Stephen Graham Jones is himself Blackfeet and has first-hand knowledge of the world he portrays and the challenges facing young Native Americans. In this novel, the Indian context is not just opportunistic cultural appropriation or an exotic backdrop to a horror yarn, but is skilfully woven into the fabric of the narrative and animates its social concerns.

https://endsoftheword.blogspot.com/2020/08/The-Only-Good-Indians-Stephen-Graham-... ( )
  JosephCamilleri | Mar 5, 2021 |
omg what da fuq did I just read? It is so bad it took me almost a whole month to get through it. Halfway through I even went back to read other readers’ reviews to see if there was someone saying it was crap, but it seems it is just me.
It is choppy and so weirdly written! I don’t know how to explain it, but the style is so awful and unlike anything I have ever come across. It is so bizarre that most of the time I had no clue what or who the author was taking about. Some bits seem to go on forever and that just made me loose interest. The horror part? I am still trying to find it. There were some gory bits, but that was all. Just gore.
Super disappointed with this book. The blurbs were great, but the book is definitely not.
This is a strange story about 4 friends who ten years ago shot a herd of elk in a section of the reservation that is supposed to be just for elders. Ten years later, they are haunted and persecuted by their actions on that day and it all goes to shit quickly. Sorry, but that is the only way to put it.
Save yourself a month and read something else. Anything. Thank me later. ( )
  AleAleta | Mar 1, 2021 |
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"Peter Straub's Ghost Story meets Liane Moriarty's Big Little Lies in this American Indian horror story of revenge on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. Four American Indian men from the Blackfeet Nation, who were childhood friends, find themselves in a desperate struggle for their lives, against an entity that wants to exact revenge upon them for what they did during an elk hunt ten years earlier by killing them, their families, and friends"--

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