The Absolutely True Diary Of A Part-Time Indian- Sherman Alexie

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian is a young adult novel written by Sherman Alexie. Semi autobiographical it tells the story of a native American boy, Junior, living on a reservation. It deals with the stereotypes associated with native American’s poverty and alcoholism, in a refreshing and direct manner. It is unapologetic in its portrayal of reservation life.

I heard a bit of a buzz going on about this book and several blogs recommended it. I read it in two sittings and would like to read it to my monkeys. My older son could read it on his own but I feel they would both benefit reading it with me there to answer the questions that undoubtedly will arise. I have recommended this to Dr. J and he has it on his bedside.  This is one of those novels that after I finished I wished I could have a chat with the author over coffee.

Whenever I read I use post its to bookmark passages I want to remember.
Here are a few that stood out for me:

I wanted to hate Dad and Mom for our poverty.
I wanted to blame them for my sick dog and for all the other sickness in the world.
But I can’t blame my parents for our poverty because my mother and father are the twin suns around which I orbit and my world would EXPLODE without them.
The world, even the smallest parts of it, is filled with thing you don’t know.
She went searching for her dreams, and she didn’t find them, but she made the attempt.
The novel also features art work in the style of hilarious cartoons done by Ellen Forney. 


sherri said...

I read about this book somewhere else and now I want to read it after reading your take on it.

totally - sorta unrelated - but the author's name makes me think of sherman's march the documentary by ross mcalwee, and how if you haven't seen it, you must

Alisa said...

I loved it!

The Zhush said...

Reminds me of a more grown up version of the Wimpy Kids Diary.

Bossy Betty said...

Love this book!

tulpen said...

Oooh. Looks great!

Luna said...

Thanks for this - I'll look out for it.

drollgirl said...

glad you liked this book! i loved it!

Lovely World said...

This is sitting on our bookshelf. None of us has read it yet. Thanks for reminding me. I think I'll read it first, then see is my daughter is ready for it.

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