The Absolutely True Diary of A Part-time Indian

The Absolutely True Diary of A Part-time Indian

Audiobook CD - 2008
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Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.
Publisher: Prince Frederick, MD :, Recorded Books,, [2008]
Edition: Unabridged
Description: 5 audio discs (5 hr.) : digital, stereo ; 4 3/4 in
Copyright Date: ℗2008
ISBN: 9781428182974
Branch Call Number: TEEN SWCD Alex


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ArapahoeStaff29 Oct 29, 2017

Sherman Alexie is just plain awesome.

Oct 18, 2017

Sherman Alexie really hits all my favorite writing points. Self depreciation with a healthy dose of hubris. Little sexy, little depressing, and a lot of criticism of America. Oh, also, well written.

Cheryl_in_IT Jun 02, 2017

Poetic and wise and crass and hilarious and completely heartbreaking. I loved it even more the second time listening, and am glad I to own my own copies in both paper and audio.

Lots of life lessons in here on friendship, loyalty, perseverance, and honesty. There's a very strong focus on poverty and alcoholism (and a bit on racism).

Parent Heads-Up: there's a bit of (funny, blunt) commentary on masturbation. I'd personally put the age level around 14 or 15+, but every kid is different.

Alexie narrates, and the narration is fantastic.

WCLSDemingLibrary Dec 14, 2015

I have more good things to say about this title than I have room to post. I appreciated how most of the characters were multidimensional- it made them feel real and relate-able. And Junior is hilarious! I highly recommend the audiobook. Alexie reads it himself and he is brilliant.

Jul 11, 2015

An unusal perspective, honestly wrought.

Oct 03, 2009

After a couple false starts with the print version of the story, I gave the audiobook a try. When done, I have to admit that I enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought I would. There were parts of the story that would make me laugh, despite being sad at the same time. A story that is filled with both sadness and hope at the same time, which is a rare thing to find. Would highly recommend for people to read of any age to read.


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Jul 30, 2010

When Junior announces that he wants to attend the white school off the reservation he is not only ostracized, but tormented by his own people. As he dips one foot into the strange world of white people and keeps the other firmly planted on the reservation he feels torn between the better life he glimpses at his new school and the life he has always known.

This novel is simultaneously hopeful and hopeless. Junior is one boy out of an entire reservation who is able to break the pattern that has so firmly gripped his family and friends. At the same time, the reader meets all those who Junior loves and loses. Those who don’t break the cycle, and the reader can see why Junior says “Indians have LOST EVERYTHING. We lost our native land, we lost our languages, we lost our songs and dances. We lost each other. We only know how to lose and be lost.”

In the end, Junior receives his best friend Rowdy’s blessing which he needs to head out into the world, but both know it will be a bitter-sweet departure. Alexie brilliantly portrays the whites whom Junior meets as having problems that might be different from his, but are problems none-the-less. A must-read for both teens and adults.

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