This was one of the best books I ever read/listened to. It was truly wonderful.
Great read for the money - got it for $1/hr. It was fun and short, and well told. It's about relationships, family, culture clash, alternative perspectives, inclusion and exclusion, love of ethnic background with all it's positives and negatives, yet reaching out to explore life's alternative paths. It's about courage, persistence, and life's struggles. Recommended for men and women. The narration (as well as the prose) gave it authenticity.
I listened to this book with my 11-year-old son and we both enjoyed it so much that we didn't want to get out of the car each day. At first, the narration was somewhat difficult to listen to, but after just a bit, we found that it was the PERFECT voice to bring the main character to life. The story itself was well written and interspersed with humor, sadness, and hope. When the book ended, my son and I both groaned... and immediately started looking for another by Sherman Alexie. I would recommend this book to any parent who is looking for a good, solid book to share with their pre-teen or teen. It is entertaining and insightful, and it provides many opportunities for discussions about life, death, love, hatred, friendship, failure, and perseverance. Amazing!!
A very simple, well told and honest story.
At first I thought I was not going to like this book because of the reader's unusual voice. However, after awhile, I was hooked. The voice was perfect for the character.
I would certainly recommend this book to anyone.
True to life
Junior/Arnold – the protagonist and narrator –because he was brave, honest, and funny.
Don't have a single favorite scene.
I had two. The first was to the reader; I found his voice and inflections hard to get use to at first. When I got used to it, it was perfect.
The second was recognizing (yet again) how difficult it is, in so many ways, to escape upbringing, especially when that upbringing peripheralizes one from birth and because of birth. And even when opportunities do exist to escape, those who choose/are able to do so have also, often, to leave behind family, friends, community. So hard.
The narrator was fantastic. His true vibrancy was a tribute to the character, Arnold Spirit, in the story. I've caught myself using the some of the twang of his verbal pronunciation.
Why, Arnold Spirit, of course. But I did love the way he found his way in the all white school. The way the children were good to him, despite his differences and the way he describes people in a way I've not necessarily seen them before, but in a way that I have, as well. I'm listening to it again.
No I haven't but I sure will.
The way Arnold Spirit spoke of the way some white dad's can be in the room but never really there.
This is the first book my 17 year old daughter and journalism student has ever listened to on audio and caught her attention and to enjoy enough to listen to.
What a great book! Sherman Alexie uses his own sing song speaking style to tell a story so close to his own. It's about a boy who doesn't know much about the world outside his own but is certain that he doesn't belong where he is. Strangely, it reminded me of Gordy in Stephen King's The Body. The boy needs to leave his home to become who he truly is.
He tells his story with the emphasis on certain sections that you wouldn't know or necessarily put on your own. His voice is unique and genuine.
Absolutely - it would have been a completely different experience if I had just read it. The narrator-author
Funny thing about this book. While Junior is a Spokane Indian teenager living on a reservation, his story helped me to better understand the struggles of the inner-city youth my boyfriend works with in Chicago. Some stories are just universal. The down-side of listening to the audiobook is that you can't see all of Junior's cartoons (illustrated by Ellen Forney) which are as much a part of the story as the text. The advantage of the audiobook is Alexie's reading of it, which is awesome. I don't think you'll regret giving this one a chance.
Enjoyed it very much. Like all his writing, it was excellent, and the narration by Alexie was a special treat. Just wish it were longer.