Heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian 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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©2007 Sherman Alexie; (P)2008 Recorded Books LLC
I think so - Alexie's narration definitely adds an element to the story, and it had me laughing out loud near constantly, something print books rarely do.
How startlingly honest it felt - nothing was inauthentic, and everything was almost cringingly blunt. Especially the talk about sex and friends etc.
I also really enjoyed the bleakness behind the comedy.
His pacing, while it takes a while to get used to, is hilarious once you're into the book. He's entertaining, and everything felt smooth and natural, like he was having a chat with you rather than narrating his book.
There were a lot - the part about Junior's sister, all the stuff with Rowley...there was a lot to feel actually. For every 5 laughs, there was a sad or bleak moment.
As soon as I finished, I wanted to listen again. This is now one of my favourite books, and I've recommend it to quite a few friends, who have also loved it.
Don't be deceived because this is young adult. It's smart and sharp and got a lot going for it.
Alexie's story whisks you away to the Spokane Indian reservation and invites you to be privy to the trials and tribulations of its people. Despite the unique blend of tragedy Junior finds himself surrounded by, he remains a relatable character.
I almost didn't expect much humour in this novel but actually there are plenty of moments that make me laugh out loud whenever I listen to the novel again.
The relationships Junior forms between his family, his friends and the other students at his new school are all wonderfully developed whilst still maintaining a very genuine and realistic feel.
There's something about listening to the original author reading the novel aloud that makes it a very personal experience. Alexie's voice is addictive. I found myself listening for far longer in a single sitting than I have for any other audio book.
I would recommend this audio book to anyone.
Sherman Alexie's unforgettable reading of his own semi autobiographical history is a treat. A hard look at a culture he felt he had to escape to succeed, the book is full of insight into the mind of a boy and the mind of someone who finds himself trying the almost impossible task of spanning two worlds. I can't believe that there have been attempts in the US to remove this book from schools and libraries. Everyone will learn something good from this book.
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