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Flight: A Novel av Sherman Alexie
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Flight: A Novel (urspr publ 2007; utgåvan 2007)

av Sherman Alexie (Författare)

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Flight is the hilarious and tragic story of an orphaned Indian boy who travels back and forth through time in a charged search for his true identity. With powerful, swift prose, Flight follows the troubled teenager as he learns that violence is not the answer. 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 resurface in the body of an FBI agent during the civil rights era. It's only the first stop. He continues traveling back to inhabit the body of an Indian child during the battle at Little Bighorn and then ride with an Indian tracker in the 1800s before materializing as an airline pilot jetting through the skies today. During these furious travels through time, his refrain grows: "Who's to judge?" and "I don't understand humans." When finally the young warrior comes back to his own life, he is transformed by all he has seen.… (mer)
Medlem:abeaman92
Titel:Flight: A Novel
Författare:Sherman Alexie (Författare)
Info:Grove Press, Black Cat (2007), Edition: 1, 181 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
Betyg:****
Taggar:fiction, american indian, young adult, coming of age, cascadia

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This book made me cry. It was more like 4.5 stars but I decided to round up because of the tears. It follows the journey of Zits, a fifteen year old foster Indian foster child who has no place to call home. ( )
  Tosta | Jul 5, 2021 |
Zits is a fifteen-year-old in the Seattle foster care system with a bad case of acne. His Native-American father abandoned his Anglo mother shortly after Zits' birth, and his mother died of cancer when Zits was six. He's had dozens of foster homes since, and routinely gets into trouble. He meets another boy in a holding cell who later gives him a real gun and a paint gun.

Zits goes to a bank intending to shoot people there, and seems to get shot and die, but instead starts experiencing a weird series of reincarnations and time travel. He becomes a white FBI agent confronting Native Americans on a reservation in the 1970s; a mute Native American boy at Little Big Horn, a older white tracker leading the U. S. Army to a Native American village in the late 1800s, a white pilot who inadvertently trained a terrorist, and his own alcoholic father. He knows that he has changed, but he has no control over the actions of the person he embodies. With each change, he learns some things that ultimately change him when he returns to his (still alive) true self.

I didn't like this book as much as Alexie's The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (and note that review #1052 is a reposting of this review). While I don't think Sherman Alexie intended this to be a young adult novel (I can't find a current website for him), I think it would work for very mature teens who can handle the violence and swearing. The paperback copy I had of Flight had 44 discussion questions and suggestions for further reading. ( )
  riofriotex | Jul 1, 2021 |
I'm still taking a little time to process this book. It was a super quick read--I read it in a day--but it certainly packs a punch. It's a story about Zits, an orphaned and awkward half-Indian kid covered in serious acne and dealing with some severe loneliness. He's passed from foster home to foster home and has been arrested so many times he knows the officers around Seattle by name. As he goes to commit a mass murder, he is suddenly transported into several points of the past, primarily violent moments in American Indian history, where he experiences the pain and complexity of war (both literal and figurative).
I really enjoyed the several embodiments the character takes in the novel, and as with any good writing on war, Alexie effectively creates compassion for both the "good" and "bad" guys while blurring the line between "good" and "bad". He creates vivid settings for every scene no matter how quickly he bounces around time. I particularly enjoyed the exposition on how the Little Bighorn camp smelled...never really thought about the smells before. And as with The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian, I think he has a great talent for using an adolescent voice. I hope he might continue writing like this--this is a unique and underrepresented voice in young adult literature. However, this book might be a little intense for some teens.
What I can't quite figure out is whether the story is too simple. Even though I don't think I'm spoiling much (the jacket does read that "he is mightily transformed by all he has seen"), it's not much of a surprise that, when Zits finally returns to the present, he understands the error of his ways. The events he partakes in certainly would melt even the coldest of hearts (some scenes got me a little weepy), and even though I pretty much knew how it was going to ultimately end, the various experiences continued to captivate me throughout. But I still feel like something was missing...perhaps it was because I knew there was going to be a more or less "happy" ending. It felt more like a fable. Maybe this is a good thing? I haven't read a book like that in long time; plus it gives hope that a very lost kid might somehow find a way. Also, since there was so much time-travel packed into so few pages, we jump to the next story when I want to hear more about the previous one. In a way it kind of keeps in line with the fast-paced environment kids grow up with today and definitely falls into the helter-skelter life Zits has had to lead, but as a reader I wanted even more detail. Good thing I have more Alexie books to turn to. ( )
  LibroLindsay | Jun 18, 2021 |
This book is everything. Sherman Alexie has a way of taking the people our society hates and looks down on and showing us their humanity. I don't know what I can say that would be worthy of this book. Just read it, and give it to every adolescent you know. ( )
  librarymeanslove | Oct 1, 2020 |
I think Sherman Alexie's ability to create characters that allow readers who are completely different from them relate so much and have such a deep understanding of their inner selves. ( )
  SSBranham | Sep 17, 2020 |
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Flight is the hilarious and tragic story of an orphaned Indian boy who travels back and forth through time in a charged search for his true identity. With powerful, swift prose, Flight follows the troubled teenager as he learns that violence is not the answer. 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 resurface in the body of an FBI agent during the civil rights era. It's only the first stop. He continues traveling back to inhabit the body of an Indian child during the battle at Little Bighorn and then ride with an Indian tracker in the 1800s before materializing as an airline pilot jetting through the skies today. During these furious travels through time, his refrain grows: "Who's to judge?" and "I don't understand humans." When finally the young warrior comes back to his own life, he is transformed by all he has seen.

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