Saturday, May 29, 2010

Sherman Alexie

My sister lent this book to me.

sherman alexie

I can't even tell you how much I loved this book. SO GOOD. [And it doesn't hurt to say that I finished reading this book in 2 days.]

And I have to give a HUGE shout out to Ellen Forney for her incredible and HILARIOUS illustrations in this novel.

I know that a 2-word book review from a chucklehead blogger such as myself really isn't good for much, so here are the professional reviews of this book:

From Booklist
Arnold Spirit, a goofy-looking dork with a decent jumpshot, spends his time lamenting life on the "poor-ass" Spokane Indian reservation, drawing cartoons (which accompany, and often provide more insight than, the narrative), and, along with his aptly named pal Rowdy, laughing those laughs over anything and nothing that affix best friends so intricately together. When a teacher pleads with Arnold to want more, to escape the hopelessness of the rez, Arnold switches to a rich white school and immediately becomes as much an outcast in his own community as he is a curiosity in his new one. He weathers the typical teenage indignations and triumphs like a champ but soon faces far more trying ordeals as his home life begins to crumble and decay amidst the suffocating mire of alcoholism on the reservation. Alexie's humor and prose are easygoing and well suited to his young audience, and he doesn't pull many punches as he levels his eye at stereotypes both warranted and inapt. A few of the plotlines fade to gray by the end, but this ultimately affirms the incredible power of best friends to hurt and heal in equal measure. Younger teens looking for the strength to lift themselves out of rough situations would do well to start here. Chipman, Ian

"A Native American equivalent of Angela's Ashes." (Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Sure to resonate and lift spirits of all ages for years to come." (USA Today)

"Realistic and fantastical and funny and tragic-all at the same time." (VOYA)

"The line between dramatic monologue, verse novel, and standup comedy gets unequivocally-and hilariously and triumphantly-bent in this novel." (Horn Book)

"What emerges most strongly is Junior's uncompromising determination to press on while leaving nothing important behind." (BCCB)

"Few writers are more masterful than Sherman Alexie." (Los Angeles Times)

"Alexie's humor and prose are easygoing and well suited to his young audience." (Booklist)

"Fierce observations and sharp sense of humor...hilarious language." (Newsday)

"Exceptionally good....Arnold is a wonderful character." (Miami Herald)

"[Alexie] has created an endearing teen protagonist in his own likeness and placed him in the here and now." (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

"Deftly taps into the human desire to stand out while fitting in." (BookPage)

"Nimbly blends sharp with unapologetic emotion....fluid narration deftly mingles raw feelings with funny, sardonic insight." (Kirkus Reviews)

"This is a gem of a book....may be [Sherman Alexie's] best work yet." (New York Times)

"Breathtakingly honest, funny, profane, sad....will stay with readers." (KLIATT)



Sherman Alexie, you are a hell of a writer. Keep it up. And I hope to marry meet you some day.


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32 comments:

Claire Kiefer said...

I'm so happy to see you doing this book review, because I LOVE Sherman Alexie. I first fell in love with his poems (if you can find his poem "Capital Punishment," do!), and then started reading his novels, and now I'm one of his biggest fans. I think he's one of the greatest writers today (and certainly most versatile). Thanks for spotlighting him!

Dancing Branflake said...

Haha! A two word book review is amazing but I appreciate the professional take on it. I would totally read this and I am so intrigued now. And I hope you get to marry him and have smartie pants children.

Alisa said...

Oooh, I will check this out! Thanks, I need a new book.

Christiejolu said...

Cool I will have to chaeck this out. I love discovering new artists.

Jenny. said...

I love Sherman Alexie! I went to one of his readings and he was so hilarious! Then I had him sign my book and made a joke that fell flat on Shermans intelligent ears. Sigh.

sherri said...

this looks really good!

Heather Taylor said...

Looks like a good read, thanks for the recommendation!

Kass said...

Sherman read (I should really say performed) at our neighborhood bookstore. It was standing room only. He was hilarious. I have read his books of short stories and they are great. Now I will have to read this. Thanks.

Alisa said...

Ok, so I checked this out from the library today and have been reading it all day. It is so good! Funny, sad, witty... The drawings are a nice complement. Arnold is my hero!

Iva said...

ummm your review trumps ANY review in my book {err no pun intended} and that goes for anything...not just books!

I hope you are having a nice weekend!

Lady Ren said...

I will totally check this out- I love finding new great authors- I wrote a review on a book called Rock Bottom- You might like that book-

E said...

Oh man, this totally sounds like my type of reading. Adding to the book list..

WendyB said...

Thanks for the recommendation!

Jessica said...

Sounds good. I'll have to look into this one. As for your comment on my blog I'd recommend The Hitchhikers Guide you should read the book first before watching the movie for sure.
Plus I'm not likely to be getting any myself though if Texas and Florida were closer it would be a different story. Figures I find a guy he's just half way across the country. Bah humbug.

sanjeet said...

this looks really good!
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Martwa Marta said...

great post! i haven't heard of the book before, even of the writer as well... i just need to check if it is available in my country - it just seems to be very very absorbing!

Georgina said...

I've heard about this book and that it was quite well received. I ended up reading 'The Life of Pi' years after everyone else had and regretted that I didn't read it sooner. It was awesome. Sounds like I should get my hands on this book too! Thanks for the heads up! - G

Emily said...

Just in time- I was about to start making a summer reading list- this goes at the top... -e

Missy said...

Great book review! Will check it out!

Andhari said...

the title made me giggle as well! Gotta check it out :D

Haute World said...

Oh I'm intrigued.... I've been searching for a new book to read (one that isn't in the chick lit or cheesy crime category as most books seem to be long to these days). I'll have to pick this one up!

Alisa said...

I loved it! My book had preview of another of his books, Radioactive Love Song. I am going to look for it. Happy Sunday!

Sam said...

Oh wow! That sounds like a really fun read! Will keep an eye out for it! Had a click on the illo site - nice work!!! :0)

Char said...

sounds a lot like a southern writer i like, rick bragg.

great recommendation

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You are the n-th person saying this book is great, so I think I have no choice but to read it. And since I love your "chucklehead" blogging, I hope you'll review more books for us.

vint junky said...

Good woman yourself! I love book recommendations, i will be buying xxx

SabinePsynopsis said...

Holiday read when I finally get through Anna Karenina. Mr Tolstoy is really taking his time...

Jill said...

Thanks for the recommendation. I love hearing about great books!

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I am have to read this book now when you wrote a post about it. I heard of it before but I didn't pay too much attention to it until my friend said it was great. And now you say the same, I am going to buy it.

Pretty Little World said...

I love, love, love Sherman Alexie!!

Asylum Dolly said...

Ah yes! I've heard of this book, and the title alone intrigues me. I must read it then!
I LOVE when a book grabs hold of me and i can't put it down. I just did a 2 day-er myself with "blueeyedboy" by Joanne Harris.It was a bit sinister, and had a terrifying ending!

I hope you get to marry Sherman Alexie too :) And then get him to introduce me to his clever writer friends. Writers are HOT.

undomestic chica said...

I read a book of his short stories but it sounds like I'll enjoy this one even more. Thanks for sharing!