Fearless Warriors

Fearless Warriors

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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 fiction.

Each of these stories is as remarkably different in terms of its unique narrative tone, origin and direction, as are the characters of his plays, making Taylor's singular collection of fictions quite intentionally much more than the sum of their parts. By degrees dramatic, shocking, tender, chilling, affirmative and tragic, each story takes on a different clich#65533; 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-teller.

No quarter is given, 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 more to illuminate the tragedy of the pre-teen gasoline sniffing culture of Davis Inlet than any number of Royal Commissions will ever do.

Carefully re-edited, with its concluding story replaced, we are proud to release this new edition of unforgettable stories Talonbooks first published in 1998.
Publisher: Burnaby, B.C. : Talonbooks, c1998.
Edition: Rev. ed.
ISBN: 9780889225978
9780889223950
0889223955
Characteristics: 191 p. ; 22 cm.

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DonnaMeness
Oct 03, 2017

Fearless Warriors is a full frontal assault on stereotypes and an edifying affirmation of humanity. These dramatic, chilling, tragic, shocking, tender and affirmative stories of Native people caught between two cultures each take on a cliché of the “common sense understandings” between contemporary Native and non-Native peoples, yet Taylor’s deconstructions are suffused with his incomparable sardonic wit, his tremendous gifts as a storyteller, and his gentle and generous humour. No quarter is given, nor taken — Native stereotypes of white culture are as fair a species of game for this writer as any other. More than anything else, these stories shine with a wisdom of understanding of the human condition which is rare among writers of Taylor’s age. Ultimately, they become bridges of understanding between cultures, giving access to the inexplicable actions of characters at the distant edges of our imaginations—even just one of the stories, “The Boy in the Ditch,” does more to illuminate the horrors of the pre-teen gasoline sniffing culture of Davis Inlet than any number of Royal Commissions will ever do.

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