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Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
...I'm not talking a Rez'd out voice "ayyye Cuz, init?!" But at least an urban Ndn? I was trapped driving 20 hours with nothing else to listen to so I had to stop at a Starbucks and download a Sedaris book. This may seem petty but there are so few Ndn books on audible (besides the White Indian Expert books) I had high hopes for Rez Life.
-This narrator sounds so white and so grating I had a hard time listening sadly, as the themes are ones white america needs to hear especially after all the hype from shows like Diane Sawyers' expose on reservation poverty and the current trend again, of taking children away from parents because they are poor- POVERTY DOES NOT EQUEL NEGLECT. Init.
Would you be willing to try another one of Peter Berkrot’s performances?
Did Rez Life inspire you to do anything?
Become an Ndn audio book narrator.
Any additional comments?
More books by American Indian authors narrated by American Indians. NOT pandering pap poet Sherman Alexie.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
This book was great, very informative and entertaining. The other reviewer is correct in pointing out that the reader doesn't sound Ojibwe, which in some portions of the book is fine - and then you get to the repeated mispronounciation of "Anishinaabe" as drawn-out "Anishi-knob," or any other moment where he has to read Ojibwe language, and it sounds like he's been hit on the head all of a sudden. For readers who are familiar with the sounds of Ojibwe it's jarring and insensitive; for those who have never heard it before It's teaching them incorrectly. It's also unintentionally funny, because the author might be talking about how beautiful the language is or how fluent someone is, and then the reader performs it like his mouth is full of rocks. For those who haven't heard Ojibwe being spoken, disregard how it sounds here - it really is a beautiful language when spoken knowledgeably.
That aside, I'm from the same area and this book taught me a lot. I'm so much better informed about tribal law, treaties, and Native history now. And not just Ojibwe; while that tribe is the focus, we hear a lot about many other tribes, nationally and into Canada as well. And on top of that, it's good, engrossing writing. Highly recommended!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful