I love this book and I love the reading, but I wanted to use this with my class and I felt like I was back in the days of audiotape. The audio recording is not marked so I'd have to try to figure out exactly what time I left of for each class and find that spot again. I wish it was marked by the chapters in the book. That would be so much easier!
Sherman Alexie is a brilliant writer, funny, insightful, fresh and unrestrained. Not only does he write well, but his spoken delivery makes it all that much better. I laughed and cried and listened again to this novel. It was one of those books you wanted never to end.
This is the Native American version of Catcher in the Rye, a delightfully odd 14-year old hero, delivering a first-person narrative of an amazing life on and off the rez.
I have heard Sherman Alexie in person and he is just as sarcastically funny in this book performance.
I couldn't stop listening so, I listened a second time and it was even better!
As an Alexie fan since seeing him interviewed several years ago, I thoroughly enjoyed this "listen" and recommend it to anyone who's interested in the experience of today's American Indians on and off the "rez". We colonists look at the plight of these real Americans with a combination of pity, shame, guilt and disdain---or we tend to elevate these real people into a spiritual cloud of knowing something we wish we knew. My belief is that many of the indigenous people are more attuned to the important things in life, because their centuries of traditions, values of respect and acceptance for themselves individually and their "community" responsibilities. And many are not...just like us, colonists, immigrants. Sherman Alexie's enormous talent and his ability and willingness to "open a vein" on the page to share his experience with the rest of us is a national treasure hard to measure. Thank you, "Junior", and keep on creating....
I liked the story very much. The humor was great too. The narrator's voice got on my nerves and I had to stop listening and take a break often.
Sherman Alexie tells a story of a young reservation kid and his journey finding himself with the tribe. I loved it, ans Alexies voice is nice and perfect for the story.
Jr. of course, the internal dialogue cracked me up.
He made you feel like a friend right off the bat.
I really enjoyed this book. I thought the story was entertaining - there were parts that made me laugh and parts that made me think. You could relate to Arnold, his experiences, and his conflicts between the two worlds that he inhabited. I was particularly impressed with his open and honest assessment of Indian and White cultures. There were parts where I felt uncomfortable when he discussed how Indians were perceived by White people; that's how I knew that the author was right on target with his observations!!!! Even though it is geared to young adults, I definitely recommend this book for adults.
I listened to it through Audible, and I loved the narration; I felt it really added to the overall experience. I am not always a fan of authors who narrate their own books, but in this case, it was a very good thing. I saw some reviews that indicated the cartoons were excellent - so, I also got the book from the library so I could look at the cartoons as I went along. I thought they were very good, but I still think the audio version is the way to go. The author's portrayal of Arnold and his voice inflections were right on target.
I loved this book. Everything in it seemed honest and true. Supposedly fiction, but when you read the author's biography, it's very similar to that of the protagonist. I learned after reading it that it's considered "young adult" fiction. Glad I didn't know that because I probably wouldn't have read it if I had known. Great insights into living on "the res," and the tenacity and commitment of a teen who knew that to succeed, he had to get away and pursue a not ever easy education.
I enjoyed the unique perspective of a bright teenager growing up on an Indian reservation in today's world. I liked how he seemed to be able to separate himself from the tribe and point out the inconsistencies, the poor choices that people just fell into, and also the sense of community. Sort of the good the bad and the ugly of reservation life.
The grandmother's funeral. I loved how he talked about the laughter, and how it is appropriate at a funeral.
This was my first
Too much realistic teenage boy stuff for my taste--kept me from rating it 5 stars.
Short memoir about growing up on an Indian reservation in rural Washington while dreaming of breaking out, even if that means the scorn of everyone left behind. Moving, funny, just great. I've already shared the book with multiple friends. (I didn't realize it was a YA book until after I was finished. It's great for adults, too.)
I'm glad I listened to this instead of just read it because Alexie's narration only deepened my enjoyment.
This is an amazing book. I laughed and I cried. Although aimed at teens, I would recommend this book for anyone. He gives a true picture of the life of modern day Native Americans living on reservations.