Wow, this book is GREAT - having heard about it, I bought this with my grandson in mind but I love it myself. Now I want to get all of Sherman Alexie's books.
Smoke me a kipper; I'll be back for breakfast.
Certainly my favorite autobiographical work. The book covers about a year in the life of the author as high school student - and his transition to a "white school." He speaks about the sad as well as beautiful aspects of growing up on the reservation and in his Native American family. I appreciated his approach to telling us enough of the aspects of living in this culture to get a feel for the unique challenges. While there are many sad moments, he cuts it with funny stories and touching moments. I suppose I found the book somewhat more interesting because I lived on and off in the Spokane area. While I definitely recommend this to any adult, I think it's especially poignant for young men.
Listening to the audio book made this an even more authentic experience. He talks about having an accent from growing up on the reservation and you get to hear this in his reading. He did an excellent job with reading his book - getting into the excitement and pain and humor perfectly.
It was okay read sometimes it sounds like a sob story, but really funny most of the time. Would recommend that people give this a listen or a read.
Amazing that people are so ignorant...Children are far more sophisticated than these kinds of parents are willing to admit. Pretending that a harder, more turbulent, world does not exist beyond the boundaries of their suburban fairytale will not protect them from the harsh realities of life. There's nothing to censor in this book, it's honest and well written. Just typical, intelligent, boys living on a poor American Indian reservation
I can't say enough how beautifully told this story is. I laughed, cried and thought about so many aspects of life. This is such a gorgeous sharing of how life is full of pain yet joy.
The performance and the writing were both excellent. After it was done, I wiped away my tears and took some time to marvel at the ability of this talented writer.
How could a series of described moments affect me like that? Amazing.
The Author has a way of making you feel his experience with him. I laughed out loud and even cried. Books are usually not able to provoke those emotions in me but this one did. The author as narrator was a good choice for this book. I don't think anyone else could have done the book justice.
I learned that some of my beliefs about Indians on the reservation were far from the truth. Enlightening story.