Review: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

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

Ever since I started college, spring brings with it a new ritual—laying out on the quad and sunning myself like a cat as I read a book. While I don’t like the gender essentialism that comes with it, I’m always reminded of Jan Morris’ theory that women have a thinner barrier between them and nature and respond to nature accordingly. In any case, I stretched out on the first sunny day I could on the quad with The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. Now, as I’ve mentioned, most of the books for my children’s and young adult literature class can be hammered out in an afternoon, and this was no exception—but because of its compulsive readability, not just because of its length and target audience.

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