The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

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Blurb (as on Goodreads):

Bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.

Heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which is based on the author’s own experiences, coupled with poignant drawings by Ellen Forney that reflect the character’s art, chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he was destined to live.

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The first book of “The Banned Book Club”, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is a book that has been banned because of the author of the book- Sherman Alexie. The author was involved in a series of sexual abuses and the book has been described as “politically, racially and sexually offensive”

Here what I think about this book. I will be talking in points because it makes more sense 😛

  • The first thing I noticed about this book is the writing style. It is conversational and pretty damn straight. Junior, the protagonist knows how to make a point. He is direct not only with his emotions but his situation. He is a kid stuck in the Spokane  Indian Reservation. There are challenges associated with this, especially monitory ones but Junior also has other problems, brain damage being a prominent one. He is bullied every day. Now, you must think I am over exaggerating but that’s the story.
  • The characters in this book are one of a kind. Junior, his parents, friends, and classmates have been portrayed as characters who are complicated and sometimes, violent. Rowdy, Junior’s best friend is a bully, his parents are too busy finding money to survive, his girlfriend is the prettiest chick in the school, and then there are other people, but all of them eventually make Junior happy.
  • Junior is a fighter. He might be sick but his zeal to be great and learn as much as he can is prominent. He is ready to fight the system for a better life and his actions, however reckless they are, have proved it time an again, Junior is an adventurer and he wants to absorb everything around him. He is also a very positive person and keeps his head in the game.
  • The book is definitely sexually offensive. As a reader, I sometimes ignore statements as harsh as ones made in this book, especially sexual remarks, but this book has an abundance of it. Junior doesn’t like holding back his thoughts and that applies to all his thoughts. Racism is not something I noticed, as the story was merely mentioning the way the Rez society and their people behave. Its based on observation and pretty acceptable.
  • The cartoons are probably the best part of the book. It gave a more lively feel to the plot and is hilarious. Junior’s representation of his character and situations as comic element supports the plot in a positive way and makes the journey interesting. I recommend taking time to read the comics.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is a satirical tale of a world where people have to struggle every day and where poverty cannot be taken lightly. It is also the story of a boy who would do everything to secure a better life for himself, a boy who tries to find happiness among the worst of situation. The book is honest, sometimes brutal, but full of moments that we need to savor because the author has served the plot with a generous amount of unpredictability.

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Purchase Links:                           |Amazon Paperback|




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