A university professor recommended this book to me, and I ordered it right away and loved it! Had to own the audio book since it was read by the author. I'll admit it took me a little while to get used to his voice/reading style, but that's not uncomon for me and I had already read it once and the voice "in my head" was a little different. Either way - don't listen to this on the bus, as people will stare at you when you burst out laughing every couple of minutes. The themes are sometimes sad and serious, but humor can be a useful tool when dealing with them, and Sherman Alexie sure knows how to do that.
Multicultural literature has a bad wrap with some people, and it's not completely undeserved. I don't think anyone should get a free pass for writing a horrible book, and writing (and publishing) a horrible children's book should be punished with 20 lashings with a wet noodle and a big, wet, stinky fart! Sherman Alexie does not disappoint with The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. Anyone who wants to read about succeeding against the odds, and staying true to your own values even when it means risking everything else needs to add this to their must read list. Anyone who enjoys good fart jokes and riffs about masturbation also needs to add it as a must-read.
Listening to the Audible version is great because Sherman Alexie reads the book, so you get to hear his accent for the full effect.
first book i listened in a long time that made me laugh out laugh outloud. very witty, smart, honest and endearing. a great insight into how a reservation indian lives, along with their thoughts and relations to whites. i think everyone should read it.
I laughed then I cried and sometime I did both simultaneously. A story of triumph that shows how where we are from can be a blessing and a curse, but it is what we are. I was sorry when this story ended.
This award-winning, amazing youth literature work is definitely appropriate for any adult. Sadly, this little book, beautifully read by the author Sherman Alexie, was over too soon. His reading incorporated the lovely lyric of his oral history into a book which should be required reading for all non-Native American population. The story he sets out so clearly, punctuated with how events created changes in his life, is delightful, sad, humorous, forceful and eloquent. I am glad I read it and I recommend it with a four star plus rating.
I like Sherman Alexie a lot, but this one I almost gave up on. From the start it felt very directionless, but I'm glad I stuck with it. Once it got going it flowed into Alexie's distinct voice and was very enjoyable and funny. I wish they would post more of his books. Flight is also great.
This book tells the struggle that one student had when confronted with the possibility of leaving the res(ervation). It is not a sentimental story, but a real recollection of what happened to one handicapped boy and his "adventure." It is just long enough, read well enough, and includes just enough insight into indian life that I was left informed, entertained, and happy with the experience.
I could not get far enough into the book to actually make a judgement of the story, the narrator sounded like he was on lithium. ALWAYS listen to the sample first!
Newly retired, I am a reading fiend! I like many types of books, both fiction and non-fiction, with the exception of romance and fantasy
Not just for YA audiences! I really enjoyed listening to this book and highly recommend it. I wish all the best for Sherman Alexie!