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The Boy and the Dog Are Sleeping

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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  116 ratings  ·  26 reviews
Nasdijjâs critically acclaimed, award-winning memoir, The Blood Runs Like a River Through My Dreams, took the literary world by storm. âœAn authentic, important book,â raved Esquire. âœUnfailingly honest and very nearly perfect.â Now, this celebrated Native American writer has given readers a powerful, brave, and deeply moving memoir of the unconditional love between a fat ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published February 4th 2003 by Ballantine Books (first published 2003)
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Kim
I loved this book - the writing, the story, the message until I found out that the author is a fraud - a former porn writer who fabricated the story. Such a disappointment as he is a good writer who could have marketed this as fiction instead of passing it off as a memoir. With that I have to give it zero for fraud.
Nan
Sigh. Here's another book I won't finish. I knew nothing of Nasdijj. I'm not much for memoirs and haven't followed some of the scandals that have shaken the already shakey publishing word. I picked up the book because I liked the first page --

"I want the mad ones. The children mad enough to struggle and survive. I want the children who have seen war...The children who have had everything taken away from them. The children who are broken and mad enough to attempt to repair themselves. The childre
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Dwroblew
I had to read this for med school. I remember finding him creepy and feeling a little sad I was so cynical. And then the author was revealed as a hoax, right around the same time James Frey was imploding into a million little pieces, JT Leroy was revealed as a middle-aged woman, that genius kid had her book ghostwritten, etc... So yeah, Nasdijj is really a creepy lying liar white dude who made it all up, all the while stealing Navajo cultural tradition.
Ruby Hollyberry
Yes, it was a fraud. He used to write gay porn, and decided to start writing "memoirs" of being many things he is not, like Native American and the child of migrant workers. I appreciate that it is offensive to many people that he did this. But I thoroughly enjoyed all of them, and thought that he did in fact have stories to tell that were perhaps best told this way. If he had presented them as what they are, as fiction, what would have been the reaction? Not good, I expect, for the same reasons ...more
Erika
I didn't know what I was getting into when I bought this book from Logo's, my old favorite used bookstore in Santa Cruz, California. I thought it was about a Native man adopting a Native boy. But it's about desperate need, inexplicable ability to care for someone against all odds, and a voice so honest it pierces my heart and shocks me into a whole new perspective.
Luke
Hmmm, I was torn between whether I actually liked this or was it simply 'okay'. I have to be honest and say that I have quite mixed emotions about Nasdijj. This was my first of reading him seeing as how I didn't read his much praised debut memoir, and seeing as how this touching and tragic story is also memoir, he seems to have pigeon-holed himself. Parts of this were incredibly endearing and tender. Parts of it were rather heartbreaking. And parts of it were rather infuriating. Is it good writi ...more
Luke
Hmmm, I was torn between whether I actually liked this or was it simply 'okay'. I have to be honest and say that I have quite mixed emotions about Nasdijj. This was my first reading of him seeing as how I didn't read his much praised debut memoir, and seeing as how this touching and tragic story is also memoir, he seems to have pigeon-holed himself. Parts of this were incredibly endearing and tender. Parts of it were rather heartbreaking. And parts of it were rather infuriating. Is it good writi ...more
Bath-sheba Lane
One of my favorite books of all time. It is a story about a man who adopts a boy who is going through a lot of medical issues. It's super interesting and has compelling characters, thus I loved it.
Kristen
I enjoyed this book, but after doing a bit more research have just learned that this author's other memoir has been exposed as a fake, not a true memoir. Disappointing...
Alyssa Arnz
A simultaneously very easy and very hard read. The language is rhythmic and flowing. The pages turn quickly. But the content sucks you in and makes the experience anything but light.
Molly
I liked this book, but then found out it joined the masses of fake memoirs. "Nasdijj" is a white guy from the Midwest and sources say not of any Native American decent. The report I read also stated that while this man (and I think his wife) did in fact adopt a sick boy, he didn't have AIDS and they ended up surrendering him back to the state. So disappointing!
Angela
The book is beautifully written and, despite it's difficult subject matter, is kind of inspiring. Unfortunately, it's not true. Nasdijj doesn't exist, but is the pseudonym of author Tim Barrus. Having read it as a memoir, I'm now feeling kind of cheated. This makes the world we live in, not the characters in the story, a little less beautiful.
Brendan
Sep 25, 2007 Brendan rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
i really liked this book before i found out that it is a total fraud. nasdijj is actually some white writer who tried to tap into the market by pretending to be a navajo who adopts a child with aids. its written as a memoir but its just a callous attempt by some fool to make money. it was really disappointing to me cos i bought into it.
Whitney Oaks
This will forever be listed as one of my favorite books.
I cried through most of this book. Awee's illness is one that I had never read anything about. It opened my eyes to what people with AIDS suffer through. Especially the children.
What an inspiring and heart-wrenching novel. I can't wait to read more by Nasdijj.
Kate
really more of an experience than it is a book. i don't have words for how beautiful this poetry is. the last chapter is at the same the best and worst thing that i've ever read (best writing, saddest story). i read and re-read the lines over and over due to the tears. wonderful
Mum
When I read this one, it was a "memoir," but it turned out to be fiction. I think it is a great story, even as fiction. It has stayed with me, years after I closed the book. If I had known it was fiction, I think I would have liked it more as I read it.
Rebekkila
Nov 29, 2011 Rebekkila marked it as to-read
I registered a book at BookCrossing.com!
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Jessica
Dec 01, 2007 Jessica rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: adults
This books an interesting look into HIV/AIDS related to health care patients receive. Some people may find his parenting strategies a little odd.
Robin
This may be the mist beautiful and touching book I have ever read. Buy a big box of tissues before you even crack the cover.
Kelly
This book took me a long time to read. The story is interesting, but often hard to follow at times.
Katie
I always felt guilty that I didn't like this, but when "Nasdijj" was outed as a fraud, I felt much better!
brooke sellers
heartbreaking. The story of a Navajo man who adopts an HIV-positive 14 year-old boy.
Warren
I really liked this book.Too bad the author was found to be a hoax.
Sally
What a sad story. Supposedly a memoir-some are not so sure.
Taylor
I think I cried about five times or more through this entire book.
Judy
Loved it.
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