I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
STORY (true) - Life for Indians on "the rez" is a hopeless existence of poverty and prejudism that passes from generation to generation. Most of the tribe eventually die of alcoholism. Arnold Spirit has things even worse, being born with an enlarged head and a hydrocephalic brain. The story takes place during his freshman year in high school when he decides to break the bonds of hopelessness and attend an off-rez school where he will have a better chance at success in life. It is a coming-of-age story that is often sad but ultimately heartwarming and triumphant.
PERFORMANCE - The author narrates his own work and does a good-enough job.
OVERALL (actual rating 3.5) - It's sometimes a bit rambly, but enjoyable. I don't know why it won an award for young adult literature and is rated for ages 11 through 13. I think listeners would need to be at least 18 to enjoy its adult themes.
AUDIBLE COMPLAINT - Why does Audible sometimes bite off the end of a book? This story ended with a touching "pregnant moment" which deserved just a tiny second of reflection to be properly appreciated. Unfortunately, the narrator barely got the last word out before Audible immediately butted in with "This is Audible. We hope you enjoyed the performance." Kind of spoiled it.
Sure, I'd love to hear your story....
Amazing book with real cultural significance. I am angry that I neglected this book all this time thinking that as a story for young people it wasn't going to be appropriate for me. How silly of me to underestimate the brilliant Sherman Alexie. Please treat yourself and crawl into the skin of a lonely geeky indian kid; when you crawl back out you will be a wiser person.
Eliminate vulgar and profane references. Focus on what he did to improve his life. The part I did listen to, was not leading that direction, and was getting more and more vulgar and profane. I deleted it from my device, and refuse to listen to any more of this book.
not likely. Very improbable.
Any and all pornographic references, and crude language.
The premise of the Book is to elevate the awareness of the plight of Indian and Birth Related Brain Damage. As I was interested in how this author overcame the challenges he faced, This book does not do so in a positive way. I could not listen to more than 20 minutes.
Now I know what the criteria is for the so-called prestigious awards that this book has received. What a bunch of fictional trash that they are applauding and recommending to the young readers of our country. I am so saddened by what has been embraced as great literature. Yes our human plight can be painful and humiliating, but our sense of human value can only be degraded by embracing this type of filth.
I do not recommend this book for any reader, young or old.
What an amazing book! I grew up in a town half on the Rez, so I thought I knew a little bit about the Native plight. But this story threw in a first hand perspective that no text book, or even 2nd hand observation, can possibly deliver. If we ALL read this book, we would gain more compassion for the individual Native struggle as well as the possibility of eliminating the not so "nomadic" mentality that seems to keep Natives on the Rez. I was enlightened, to say the least. I really wish my entire school could have read this book.
Aside from the educational benefits of this book, the storytelling was phenomenal! I am SO glad I LISTENED to it! Sherman Alexie's perfectly Native sing-song voice added an extra emotion and depth that you can't get from reading! This story was meant to be listened to; in light of Native stories being mostly of oral origins Alexie's ancestors would be impressed and proud of his amazing skill as a storyteller! He nailed this one!!!
The character development was deep, the humor was spectacular, and the tragedy was very real. I can't say enough great things about this book. I hope people who might be hesitating to buy this audiobook just go ahead and get it...they absolutely won't be disappointed!
As for the topic of masturbation: well, I guess we have to talk about it with our kids at some point. I certainly wouldn't let it stop me from getting this book and sharing it with my kids. They deserve to get a REAL human story on this subject. Finally.
I loved the story. The writing was beautiful, the narrative real and compelling.
The narration, however, detracted from the writing. I was left wondering if the author was trying to save a buck or two by doing his own narration. It felt like he was yelling in the beginning--like someone told him to be sure to project well.
I would absolutely recommend this book, but I would read it rather than listen to it.
“I discovered books and read forever,” - John Adams
Loved having the story read by the author. Good peak into the younger generation's life on the red.
Smart, funny & poignant - Alexie's story style is so accessible & uncomplicated - and yet so profound.
I laughed & cried with the characters. I didn't want the story to end.
What an amazing window into what it means to live in poverty on a native reserve, surrounded by all the dysfunction of alcoholism and physical abuse, & yet the story is full of hope & reminds us that our attitudes real do shape the world we live in.