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Posted December 13, 2007 at 4:40 PM via web

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Did you like the book?

What did you think of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian? Did you find the story fun to read and would you recommend it?

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charcunning | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Assistant Educator

Posted March 13, 2009 at 3:43 PM (Answer #2)

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I love this book!

I have recommended it to everyone. I literally laughed out loud at some of the passages in here.

I love how completely honest and frank that Junior is about his life and about the struggles that he went through. Alexie has done an amazing job of creating a character that seems very real.

Alexie came to the high school where I teach a few years back when this novel was first published, and he told our students about his childhood. It is very clear after reading this that Junior is Alexie! With all of those experiences, no wonder he's such an amazing writer!

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levesquee | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 8, 2009 at 5:39 PM (Answer #3)

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I did like the book. The style was very easy to understand but at the same time it was poetic and had a certain rhythm to it, which I really liked. Some books are so metaphorical that it's hard to understand anything about it. It was a fun read too. The subject interested me, since I've always been interested in stories about stereotypes and more serious subjects. The way the author put things was funny and sarcastic at times, but it ultimately has a very hopeful message.

Sherman Alexie is very blunt in his writing, so it's never hard to understand exactly what he is saying or what is going on. The subject matter can be controversial at times, so I don't know that I would recommend it to absolutely everyone. But I would definitely recommend it to teenagers and anyone older than that.

Overall it was a very good book. I heard good things about it before, and it lived up to my expectations.

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mageee12 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 12, 2009 at 6:39 PM (Answer #4)

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This was one of my favorite books that I have read in school. The language wasn't completely cryptic for once which was nice change. Although the writing was not that complicated I found that within his writing Alexie wove a lot of metaphors and chose his words very specifically to convey a certain point. I really enjoyed this style of writing.

I would defiantly recommend this book. It was a book that kept me entertained all the way through while also teaching me. Overall it was really great story that was very real and did not hide the truth which was very refreshing.

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cetaylorplfd | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted February 9, 2010 at 7:31 AM (Answer #5)

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I did enjoy the book and liked it even more after teaching it to sophomore students.  We collectively agreed that the use of visual images in the narrative helps the reader relate to Junior’s character—the drawing are intimate and serve as a window into Junior’s deepest feelings.  Junior even says at the beginning of the novel that a picture can often speak much more than words.

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slchanmo1885 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted March 15, 2010 at 2:00 PM (Answer #6)

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I loved the book, and I'm running around finding more Sherman Alexie books to read now. I think there was a lot of depth and layers to this novel. Its not a very long or hard book to read, but it captures so much of the human condition in a way that kids can understand. The cartoons revealed another aspect of Junior's personality, insights, and thoughts, and I liked that part of the novel a lot. Junior is really perceptive and relatable, and I appreciated that. I connected to his experiences and loved his sense of humor. His humor was the most important part of the book for me. If you have a sense of humor, you can tackle anything in life. Junior's humor got him through so many times. He was cynical, sarcastic, and yet poignant at the same time. Alexie writes with the right amount of wit and reality that none of it seemed forced. I'm really looking forward to reading more of Alexie's work. 

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copelmat | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted May 19, 2010 at 6:59 PM (Answer #7)

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I too love the book and love most all of Sherman Alexie's writing. The wit, humor, and insight into the human condition that are expressed both by Alexie and his characters are outstanding. His short story collection The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven is also one of my favorites.

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ktmagalia | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

Posted June 18, 2010 at 10:56 AM (Answer #8)

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I'm slowly becoming a fan of Sherman Alexie.  I really enjoyed reading The  Absolutley True Diary of  A Part-Time Indian finding the narrative mixed with doodling delightful.  I've read his essay "Superman and Me" in which he recounts how he learned how to read and appreciate literature. I highly recommend it.  And, if you haven't seen it yet, check out his interview on the Colbert Report.  Funny and insightful.  I've never seen Colbert speechless before, but it happens.

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