Sherman Alexie did a great job on conveying the story of becoming an Indian in the modern time America. So many obstacles, so many stereotypes, so many misconceptions being broken down, so many truth being told. I love the story. Take a listen to it. It will open your eyes, if you're willing to that is.
Wow! What a great book! It's funny, poignant, and a fascinating glimpse into life on a reservation. The author's reading was perfect. You probably enjoy reading, but listening is the way to go with this book. Highly recommended!
I am usually a little nervous when I hear the author is reading the story. They generally don't do a good job. However, Mr. Alexis does an outstanding job, you can feel the emotion in his voice when he is talking about his grandmother, almost as if he is tearing up. I felt like j was just sitting there listening to a story, rather than someone just reading one to me. The story is funny, and is true to life what all weird And wonderful teenagers go through grow up and how they communicate with each other.
Really enjoyed this book. Very candid story of resilience and struggle. The story of growing a dream despite your circumstances and then pursuing that dream while trying to maintain a balance between your old world/reality and your new world/reality. Mr. Alexie does a good job of holding the reader interest and commitment to the characters.
The Theos Project
A coming of age story that manages to speak to something great, within out society and within the heart of human beings. Controversial. Comedic. From a writing standpoint I admire the challenge and juxtaposition of subtle observations with bold commentary - the author could do this so effectively through the eyes of a young boy.
I remember the first story I read by Alexie... I remember the nostalgia, sadness, hope, and shame that I felt. My familiarity with native culture is with Southwest Indians: Tera, Hopi, Navajo. And though there are major differences from the Pacific Northwest, reading Alexie is glimpsing into a world that has been subjugated to an existence of nostalgia, sadness, shame... but is painfully and beautifully accented by elements of love, hope, pride (every facet of that word), and family. There is a complexity in American Indian life (in general, but illustrated individually) that cannot be explained. Reading Alexie holds true to the STORY and and expresses brilliantly that which cannot be explained.
This is a kindly recounted story from a boy coming of age faced with many challenges. His humanity shines through with each chapter in his life and his gentle and often humorous voice. He was a brave young man at a time in life when that is hard to do. I am glad he let a wider audience into his life on the reservation and that people can learn and perhaps have more understanding of the loss suffered by Indian tribes and what life is like now (at least for some). My kids read this in school and I am glad to have listened to this recording.