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Flight

A Novel
Alexie, Sherman (Book - 2007 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Flight


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The best-selling author of multiple award-winning books returns with his first novel in ten years, a powerful, fast and timely story of a troubled foster teenager -- a boy who is not a "legal" Indian because he was never claimed by his father -- who learns the true meaning of terror. About to commit a devastating act, the young man finds himself shot back through time on a shocking sojourn through moments of violence in American history. He resurfaces in the form of an FBI agent during the civil rights era, inhabits the body of an Indian child during the battle at Little Big Horn, and then rides with an Indian tracker in the 19th Century before materializing as an airline pilot jetting through the skies today. When finally, blessedly, our young warrior comes to rest again in his own contemporary body, he is mightily transformed by all he's seen. This is Sherman Alexie at his most brilliant -- making us laugh while breaking our hearts. Simultaneously wrenching and deeply humorous, wholly contemporary yet steeped in American history, 'Flight' is irrepressible, fearless, and again, groundbreaking Alexie.
Authors: Alexie, Sherman, 1966-
Title: Flight
a novel
Publisher: New York :, Black Cat :, Distributed by Publishers Group West,, c2007
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 181 p. ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Sherman Alexie
ISBN: 0802170374
9780802170378
1435228170
9781435228177
Branch Call Number: FICTION ALEXIE
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Report This Sep 13, 2013
  • mondaysomeday rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I'm very impressed by the way this book takes the reader through many perspectives on violence, revenge, and repeating cycles of self-destructive behavior. It's not as funny as Alexie's other books (which are often equally macabre) which is totally fine.

Report This Dec 12, 2012
  • BTVS rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This is indeed an excellent coming of age story of a mixed aboriginal/Irish youth raised in foster care. He is very angry and is on the cusp of either punishing society and himself for this anger or coming to terms with the faults of his social and personal history.The author uses an interesting literary tool of 'time travel' to draw the charachter towards his own redemption. An heart felt story, well balanced with humour and sad reality of a neglected child. I would like to see this on high school cirriculum.

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Report This Mar 08, 2011
  • bingo1912 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

From beginning to end a very fast read. I'm not sure about all the hype, but there were some good images here as well as a learning experience. I always like a good ending. but I'm not sure why this book deserves "questions for discussion" at the end. perhaps meant for high school class discussion, if that is the case it should be noted that there is a fair amount of foul language in this book. I suppose it could be included for authenticity but as I have always taught my kids. Anyone can use language like that. It takes a better mind to use more descriptive language.

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