Also by this author: The Lone Ranger And Tonto Fist Fight In Heaven
Published by Hachette Digital, Inc. on 2012-01-10
Genres: Adolescence, Native American, People & Places, Social Issues, United States, Young Adult
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Available for the first time in eBook format-a deluxe, four-color edition of Sherman Alexie's National Book Award winning, bestselling young adult debut novel!Bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.Heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which is based on the author's own experiences, coupled with poignant drawings by Ellen Forney that reflect the character's art, chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he was destined to live.With a forward by Markus Zusak, interviews with Sherman Alexie and Ellen Forney, and four-color interior art throughout, this edition is perfect for fans and collectors alike. Special note: four-color illustrations will convert to grayscale on black-and-white devices.
Y’all, I read banned books. The Absolutely True Diary of A Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie is a beautifully written book about a teenage boy named Arnold ‘Junior’ Spirit, who leaves his Indian reservation school to receive an education at the white school. We see Junior face problems many of his real life contemporaries face, such as poverty, alcoholism, and racism. Yet, what underlies the book is a strain of hope. Junior has so much pain in his life, more than I can imagine, yet he remains resilient. I have to wonder, why someone would ban such a wonderful character.
Sure, sexuality is consistently talked about in The Absolutely True Diary Of A Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie. Junior is written as a real boy, not some sanitized version of a kid. He gets boners. He thinks about boobs. Then Junior and his friend Rowdy banter derrogatory names used for gay people back and forth. However, I saw this as illustrating how society feels when two men are close friends. It’s like, you can’t even cry as a male without being emasculated. It’s fascinating.
Right, so why is Junior so wonderful? He’s artistic. Throughout The Absolutely True Diary Of A Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, there are these illustrations, which were done by ‘Junior’, and they absolutely enhance the story, adding a whole new dimension making this almost a graphic novel, but not quite. Junior, is fairly self-actualized. I mean, this character is just so well done. We see his strength. His weakness. You can totally get a sense of him, and true insight. Plus, I can’t help but look up to him. He has so much working against him, but he refuses to give up. He refuses to go down this path of alcoholism, like so many of his tribe. To me, how can you not want kids to feel that kind of hope. I mean, I can’t help but cheer for Junior.
There are scenes in The Absolutely True Diary Of A Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie that shattered me. Then there are scenes that made me cry, but in a happy sort of way. Also, it is genuinely funny, but in that way that you sometimes just have to laugh even though what is happening is so sad.This book is very well done. I would put it in my top three for the year.
Here’s a few quotes that spoke to me:
“It sucks to be poor, and it sucks to feel that you somehow deserve to be poor. You start believing that you’re poor because you’re stupid and ugly. And then you start believing that because that you’re stupid and ugly because you’re Indian. And because you’re Indian you start believing you’re destined to be poor. It’s an ugly circle and there’s nothing you can do about it. Poverty doesn’t give you strength or teach you lessons about perseverance. No, poverty only teaches you how to be poor.” -pg. 13
Preach it, Alexie, preach.
“There’s always time to change your life.” I almost gagged when I said that. There’s never enough time to change your life. You don’t get to change your life, period. Shit, maybe I was trying to write a romance novel.” pg. 40
“But you should approach each book — you should approach life– with the real possibility that you might get a metaphorical boner at any point.” – pg 97