The journey begins as he's about to commit a massive act of violence. At the moment of decision, he finds himself shot back through time to awaken in the body of an FBI agent during the civil-rights era. It's only the first stop. He continues through time to inhabit the body of an Indian child during the battle at Little Bighorn and then rides with an 1800s Indian tracker before materializing as an airline pilot jetting through the skies today.
During these furious travels, his refrain is: "Who's to judge?" and "I don't understand humans." When he returns to his own life, he is transformed by all he's seen.
©2007 Sherman Alexie; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"Captivating...one quickly surrenders to Zits' voice, which elegantly mixes free-floating young adult cynicism with a charged, idiosyncratic view of American history. Alexie plunges the book into bracing depths." (Publishers Weekly)
I love listening and usually get in at least three hours a day. I like fiction, biographies and medical non-fiction.
The story for this was ok, but the narrator was very annoying. He had a laconic voice which could have passed for an alienated teen. He lost me when he mispronounced "cavalry" as "Calvary" literally hundreds of times in one passage. The story was intense and somewhat mystical, with a heart-warming (if unlikely) ending. The narrator ruined it for me, and I will avoid him in the future.
Sherman Alexie's uncompromising view if Native Anericans is always refreshing and is most evident in Flight. He shows the good and the evil of both the native world and the world of whites. Alexie proves again that he is one if our most important cross-cultural writers.
The story of Zits is equal parts bizarre and tragic. When he enters a bank and starts shooting people, we think his fate is obvious, but the universe has strange intentions for this sarcastic delinquent. Combining a touching coming if age tale with a warped adventure through time and space, Flight is unlike anything you have ever heard before. Adam Beach's narration is the perfect blend of raw youth, emotion, vulgarity, and stoicism.
Most of the time I was reading this, I heard myself categorizing it as “Young Adult fiction on a serious theme.”
For a while I couldn’t figure out why it felt so “young adult,” and then I found myself arriving at a definition for the term: Young adult literature feels as it does because its aim is to frame questions rather than analyze them. It’s real act of insight for a 12-year-old to frame the core questions of life: how do we deal with disappointment, with the awareness that we are not as central to the universe as we might like? How, given that, should we treat others? And how do we keep from despairing as we live in the space between all we could want for ourselves and the comparatively little that we do get?
It’s less insightful for an adult to come to such a question, particularly an author who’s explored the same themes – complicated by the particular fact of Native-American life in late 20th, early 21st Century America – more thoughtfully elsewhere.
In other words, this isn’t a bad novel, but it sometimes feels condescending. Zits is a generally uninspired kid. We’re not supposed to like him because he hates himself so much. Props to Alexie for giving us a protagonist who is initially so unlikeable, but the shape of the novel gives the impression early on that we’re going to see him redeemed. We know it’s coming, so the heart of the novel – his spinning “flight” across time and identity as he experiences the world from different perspectives – loses some of its effectiveness. He inhabits other bodies in a series of experiences that seem as much like a class syllabus as a genuine adventure.
I don’t want to ‘spoil’ the conclusion, but, if you’ve read a decent amount in your life, then you know what’s happening with it. And, again, it’s young adults who haven’t read all that much, so the book is clearly aimed at them.
Alexie has the capacity to draw scenes well, and that’s a virtue. He also gives his character a deadpan set of reactions – claiming things like “she was very pretty” or “I must have been crazy to think…” – that work against it.
I’m glad to see Alexie plumbing the life of a kid who’s torn between his Indian and white identities. It may well do good things for its intended audience, but I guess I’m looking for more myself.
This was assigned summer reading for my son. I picked it up so we could talk about it. Initially, I was put off by the intensity - but this book tackles all of it at once! All the big struggles about race, worth, family, fidelity, friendship, and so much more. It tees up these issues in all their complexity and lets you sit there and uncomfortably ponder. Must read!
This story will keep you hooked tell the very end, I wish I could see more of the characters after story but overall a thrilling and enjoyable read.
It's in my top 3 audiobooks for sure! It was fantastic!
This book was excellent! The characters are so vivid and real, it really puts you in the shoes of the main character. This book has a wonderful flow. I literally couldn't stop listening. What an amazing story, with twist and plot changes this one keeps you on your toes from beginning to end. It was fabulous! I would recommend this book to anyone! Bravo!
I'm a sucker for time travel stories, and this one is just ok. Time travel appears to be no more than a vehicle for the author to weave a story with moral relevance. It does have entertainment value, historic references and is rather craftily written.
However, what really disappointed me was the reading. Within a minute, I felt like I was listening to a stoner, or rather someone who was trying to speak like a stoner. The protagonist was not a stoner, and I actually found the delivery distracting. Other than that, he was articulate and clear, successfully assuming additional voices for other characters.
I am all about brutal honestly but when I have to teach this book to a group of 13 year olds for a Summer program this book is a little rough. As I had recently gone through a traumatic personal event I found listening to this book to be very difficult at times. And when I think of the students and their reactions I think the same thing. I would bring more hope at the end of the novel.
Not sure but something uplifting or funny.
No not particularly except questions why the Public Schools teach it.
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