The Absolutely True Diary of A Part-time Indian

The Absolutely True Diary of A Part-time Indian

Downloadable Audiobook - 2008
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National Book Award winner Sherman Alexie delivers a captivating, semi-autobiographical account of one Spokane Indian's struggle against incredible obstacles. Born poor and hydrocephalic, Arnold Spirit survives brain surgery. But his enormous skull, lopsided eyes, profound stuttering, and frequent seizures target him for abuse on his Indian reservation. Protected by a formidable friend, the book-loving artist survives childhood. And then--convinced his future lies off the rez--the bright 14-year-old enrolls in an all-white high school 22 miles away. "... delivers a positive message ..."--School Library Journal, starred review
Publisher: Prince Frederick :, Recorded Books, LLC,, 2008
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781440791666
144079166X
Branch Call Number: DOWNLOADABLE AUDIOBOOK
Characteristics: audio file,rda
1 online resource (1 sound file (04 hr., 53 min., 56 sec.)) : digital

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Cheryl_JHL 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.

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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.
~Alexa

SchroederTribe Jul 11, 2015

An unusal perspective, honestly wrought.

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AlanaS
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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Hokansonh
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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