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 listened to this book on a road trip w my 11 year old son. The themes and language were mature so I'm glad we listened to it together and often stopped to talk about issues and viewpoints that came up. It was a valuable book that portrayed a marginalized teen with great compassion. Seeing a "troubled kid" and those in his orbit with this type of dimension and humor instead of in a flat meme is important and it was written and read so beautifully we were both riveted all the way to Portland.
I love Sherman Alexie - but I didn't love "Flight" that much. The theme is very important - what leads people to act out in violence and how does one come to understand the potential each of us has to hurt others and to step away from doing so. But the story is not the least bit sophisticated and goes after the theme in such an obvious and clumsy way that there is never any mystery where the story is going or how it will end up. The jacket cover description of this story says that it is "hilarious and tragic..." - I would say it is tragic but I didn't find anything hilarious about it.
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 not a big fan of time travel scenarios in story because I'm a realist, but I suppose Sherman used the device in Flight in order to get "Zits" to learn from others' points of view. It was a fairly enjoyable read but I was hoping for a more realistic storyline.
Slurry. Odd. Ethnic.
Sherman Alexie has crafted an entertaining and insightful story that takes readers into the history and current conditions of Indigenous peoples in North America. Told through the experience of young man as he travels through time in search of his identity, Flight had me engaged from beginning to end.
Adam Beach is a great actor. His performance of Flight brings this story to life.
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.
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