The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Introduction

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is a first-person narrative novel by Sherman Alexie, from the perspective of Native American teenager Arnold Spirit Jr., also known as "Junior", a 14-year-old budding cartoonist.[2] The book is a coming of age story, detailing Junior's life on the Spokane Indian Reservation, and his decision to go to an all-white public high school off the reservation. The graphic novel includes 65 comic illustrations that help further the plot.[3]

Despite the novel's high acclaim and several achievements, The Absolutely True Diary has also received a lot of objections and has consistently appeared on the annual list of frequently challenged books since 2008.[4] The controversy stems from the novel’s discussion of alcohol, poverty, bullying, violence, sexuality, profanity and slurs related to homosexuality and mental disability. As a result, some schools have banned the book from school libraries or inclusion in curricula.[5]


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