National Book Award, Young People's Literature, 2007Sherman Alexie delivers a captivating, semi-autobiographical account of one Spokane Indian's struggle against incredible obstacles.
Born poor and hydrocephalic, Arnold Spirit survives brain surgery. But his enormous skull, lopsided eyes, profound stuttering, and frequent seizures target him for abuse on his Indian reservation. Protected by a formidable friend, the book-loving artist survives childhood. And then - convinced his future lies off the rez - the bright 14-year-old enrolls in an all-white high school 22 miles away.
©2007 Sherman Alexie; (P)2008 Recorded Books
"Delivers a positive message." (School Library Journal)
The plot itself is simple and deliberately that way, and the story is narrated by a 12 year old Spokane Indian boy. It's beautifully written and emotional without seeming melodramatic or manipulative. If you feel that the accent is jarring a little at the beginning, I urge you to hold on for a bit and you'll soon feel that you made the right choice by listening to it and not reading it. Definitely recommend it, more so for the perfect narration.
An effing amazing book. I tried to write "perfect" and leave it at that but the review box requires at least fifteen words. Our narrator squeezed my heart with his dogged openness to life. He became a hero in the truest sense by telling of a 22 mile journey that traversed universes.
Very educational for non Indians about tribes and reservation life. Moving and emotional written in the first person
As always, Alexie coaxes the soul from its hiding place with his masterful storytelling. I laughed out loud and dropped tears a few times. Alexie does not simply read his book to us, he is telling us a story. Much like being a passenger on a road trip with a driver you completely trust, I never questioned the turns or scrutinized the speed. Alexie fosters a trust that wherever he's headed, it will be amazing. So, we can just relax, ease into the seat, and enjoy the ride
I only found out after purchasing that the book was for young adults. I still enjoyed it---I have an interest in books about American Indians---and laughed out loud a few times. The performance is stellar. I'd read another book by the author and hopefully there are more on audible that he narrates.
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