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Flight by Sherman Alexie
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Feb 19, 2012

really liked it
Read in February, 2012

** spoiler alert ** Alexie works well to develop the voice of the main character. He tells the story through the eyes of a confused and angry 15 year old orphan and you are reminded of that consistently through Alexies's use of pop culture references and vocabulary - Zits is surprised when the body he inhabits uses the word 'flabbergasted.' The character is full of teenage arrogance, yet he is constantly showing his nativities and his vulnerability to manipulation. At first I had trouble understanding how a child with so much intelligence and street smarts could be so easily led astray, but Alexie answers these questions by skillfully weaving in Zit's troubled past in foster and group homes. All of the characters are made deep because Alexie chooses to show them in contradictory lighting and shades of grey. He plays with the thin line of morality, cause and incubation of hatred, and personal sense of justice - even naming a questionable character after the idea. Alexie has the reader feeling compassion for a variety of vulgar, violent, and vengeful characters. Like his other works, 'Flight' is full of sarcasm and self-deprecating humor. He does a good job with repetition spanning over chapters and symbolic parallels. The book is an easy read. I finished it in one sitting. I suggest it to anyone who enjoys dark humor, solemn themes, and endings that are almost too happy.

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