The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
Sherman Alexie
Literature
Aug 19, 2018
Drawing on Sherman Alexie’s personal experience growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is a young adult novel that has more to say about big virtues like tolerance than a whole shelf of earnest adult tomes could ever manage. The book’s unflinching candor, irreverent comedy, and fierce alertness to difficult issues have made it a subject of controversy and a frequent target for book-banning school boards. But what’s most valuable about it is that Alexie’s novel is controversial in the way life itself is controversial: unsettled, uneasy, of two minds about itself and nevertheless ongoing, devastating one day and comic the next.
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Nov 28, 2018
Heartwarming and heartbreaking and hilarious at the same time.
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Mar 10
Agree. Unique perspective and so well-written. Just wish i could separate Alexie’s sexual harassment issues from his works.:(
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Cute, easy-to-read and somewhat quirky Young Adult novel from the perspective of an adolescent Native American boy.
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Humorous while achingly sad.
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