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The Last Rattlesnake Throw and Other Stories Ralph J. Salisbury

The Last Rattlesnake Throw and Other Stories

Ralph J. Salisbury

Published September 1st 1998
ISBN : 9780806130880
Hardcover
245 pages
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Ralph Salisbury tells stories of violent conflict and the triumphant will to live, as experienced by Cherokees in contemporary America. The realities of war and its ongoing effects, racial injustice, crime, disharmony between the sexes, and a senseMoreRalph Salisbury tells stories of violent conflict and the triumphant will to live, as experienced by Cherokees in contemporary America. The realities of war and its ongoing effects, racial injustice, crime, disharmony between the sexes, and a sense of rootlessness and alienation are balanced by a questing for love, a will to resist both inner and outer evil, and a determination to endure.Salisburys prose, digressive and complex, is reminiscent of the writing of William Faulkner. His blending reality with dream and fulfillin a storys narrative are in a few brief pages evoke the tales of Jorge Luis Borges. Salisbury challenges the reader with allusive imagery and surprising turns of phrase, yet maintains a down-to-earth language and an ironic, frequently humorous tone.Grounded in tradition, the Cherokee, often mixed-blood, protagonists of The Last Rattlesnake Throw and Other Stories struggle to maintain harmony in a world full of upheavals and contradictions.