Toby’s review of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian > Likes and Comments

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message 1: by Patricia (new)

Patricia I am hooked on the audio. On the L I just start laughing, and his phraseology is so unique, somewhat self-defacing, but not really. I think my mind likes the pacing and close to monotone of the Native American oral tradition. When I heard Shanto Begay speak, I was mesmerized, found myself back on the mesa camping. Both speak at a pace that is soothing and makes me stop rushing and start reflecting. I suppose librarians love the "metaphorical boner" that one gets around all the great books in the library. I knew nothing about Alexie, but now I want to read come of his adult books too. I also have the printed book on my to read list, and will leave it there so I can see the cartoons he does.



message 2: by Toby (new)

Toby I didn't think about how Alexie's sing-song audio style is similar to traditional Native American storytelling, thanks for pointing it out. I wonder as you read what you think the point-of-view is accurate or too old for a 14-year-old?



message 3: by Patricia (new)

Patricia 14? Maybe we would THINK the voice too old, but kids think pretty deeply starting about age 11. Not all kids of course, but I am amazed at some of the sensitive writing I read from my sixth graders. When parents read what kids write, they too have a raised level of respect for kids. Besides, isn't the narrator "looking back" on the experience? So he is writing as he remembered thinking through things. And in high school he had plenty of time to think during that walk to and from, just like Abe.




message 4: by Patricia (new)

Patricia PLUS I want to meet this guy! I feel like I learn so much when I hear author's speak.


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