Wednesday, October 21, 2009

READ THIS: The Absolutely True Diary Of A Part Time Indian

The Absolutely True Diary Of A Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie sat on my shelf, unread, for over two years since I first bought it. When I first started to read it, it felt quite alike to various other problem books I had read so I put it down. I was surprised to find one of the freshest, funnest and best books I've read this year. This week, for whatever reason, I finally read it. The book tells the story of Junior who has grown up on a reservation but decides to leave the reservation school to seek a better life in a school of all white students. The good thing about Junior is that being a Spokane Indian, that is not taken as his main character trait. By this I mean he is a normal boy growing up in difficult circumstances. description of life on the reservation is quite sad and desolate. The escape from the reservation Junior goes through is uplifting in surprising non-cliched ways. It was truthfully fun to read this book. It is a testament to Sherman Alexie's talent how in a book with so much humor it is about thoroughly serious subjects. READ IT!!

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