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

  • Category: Books, Literature,
  • Words: 343 Pages: 2
  • Published: 14 March 2021
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 herman Alexie is the author of “The Absolutely True Diary Of A Part-Time Indian” the plot is about Junior attending Reardan, an all-white school despite being Indian, trying to break away from his destined life to live in poverty. Despite the hardships that will prove as obstacles.  

The book takes place with his family and him living in the Spokane reservation in the United States, he figures out what it means to be an individual and a member of a community, and he struggles between two poles, Arnold in the East and Junior in the West. This novel has been banned in many communities, packed with teenage depression, and dealing with heavy themes, including the loss of loved ones, confliction of broken friendships, poverty, and racism. Regardless, Junior still manages to be the least interesting character in the book. The way he presents himself like an underprivileged rodent bores me. He never really expands on his personality, his persona deprives off being Indian, poverty, and poverty. All his conflicts have stayed still since chapter one, excluding losing his family. He brings some witty jokes every now and then but that’s his only redeeming characteristic. 

There are many ignored variables in this book, like how Junior indulges in Rowdy’s abusive behaviour towards others, he punches Junior merely for switching schools, and slams him to the ground simply because he laughed at him. Not to mention the complete dismissal of Penelope’s eating disorder, which is never mentioned again throughout the book. On finding out Penelope suffers from bulimia junior completely glosses this over! Never even addressed again throughout the book! 

Though I might sound crude, I can acknowledge the positive factors. It has an aesthetically pleasing font, the title is intriguing, and the thick compacted paper is quality made, I bet they manufactured that paper with more care than Sherman Alexie did writing this book.  

If you want to read a stretched-out story of a Native American boy residing in the reservation and perhaps gaining a better perspective of contemporary life on the reservation, I recommend this book to you. Contrary to what I’ve written you may enjoy this book, however I’d definitely never recommend this to a friend of mine.

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