I read this book because it was on my son's school required reading list. In The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, there are at least four incidents that greatly affect Junior's family and friends that involved alcohol abuse: the death of Junior's sister, the death of Junior's grandmother, the death of Junior's dad's best friend, the physical abuse of Junior's best friend. The different relationship to violence on the reservation and in Reardan is further indication of the opportunity gap that exists between the two communities. More people need to know about this book because it has a strong message about racism and, along side, criticism. I loved the addition of the images because it adds another dimension to the mind of a teenaged boy.
Instead of helping these Indians, alcohol creates more problems. But I think that the reason these books are just eaten up by kids is because they can relate to the topics and can understand some of the emotions that the characters are feeling. One of them is the internal conflict that Junior has when he's debating whether or not he should transfer to Reardan High School, or to continue attending the reservation school. Poverty plagues most people who live on the reservation. Growing up I was not effected by poverty, but I know plenty of families that are. Junior feels like he's been robbed of his grandmother by the rampant alcoholism on the reservation — and rightly so. When it became public knowledge in the school that this was happening, teachers were pulling the book off my shelf to read themselves.
No matter what else happened between my tribe and me I would always love them for giving me peace on the day of my grandmother's funeral. This author has written some very good books, what happened here? Or maybe the realized they'd been cruel jerks. Those are the two primary reasons I wanted kids to read this book. This kind of domestic abuse is more common on the reservation than it is in Reardan. I knew it; all of those kids knew it. Junior refuses to let past suffering serve as an excuse to justify present mistakes.
What I received from this story is, in order to succeed a person may need to endure struggles that are not necessary but are in order to succeed. When a teacher pleads with Arnold to want more, to escape the hopelessness of the rez, Arnold switches to a rich white school and immediately becomes as much an outcast in his own community as he is a curiosity in his new one. The characters are believable, and readers will sympathize with Junior's plight. Alexie really did have hydrocephalus, 42 teeth and seizures. I love how persistant the main character is in his pursuit of an education. On every reservation there is alcohol abuse. But you get up and you try again and again.
It was a first time for me to leave my hometown. The author, Sherman Alexie, is himself a Native American and has said this book was semi auto-biographical. I highly encourage everyone to read this book because the plot of the story isn't confusing, this fictional story consists of humor with a bit of romance. They have lived on that patch of land ever since, although obviously some Indians have struck out on their own. Arnold and me have sacred places. He endured about seven deaths in one year in addition to the three described in the book and actually had several other brothers and sisters.
This is all on you now. Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Overall, the book was very well received by my students. The book won several awards. Not for elementary school children at school.
The novel is set in 2006 surrounding the life of a teenage Native American boy, Arnold also referred to as Junior. Alexie writes about these issues in such a way that show his heart behind the writing is good natured and educational. One of the theme is when Mr. But they stopped after my grandmother died. There is definitely some content in The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian that I would encourage parents to consider before letting their teen read it.
Why do you think this book should be taught in schools? Just because it doesn't align with white, western ideals doesn't mean it is an inappropriate book, it's just challenging and different. According to Junior everyone is depressed in the Rez, that is the reason why so many Indians become alcoholics, to flush away their pain. Flipping through it I found a variety of sexually related musings. Chipman, Ian —This text refers to the Hardcover edition. Junior is a fourteen-year old boy living on the Spokane Indian Reservation in Washington. If he went to Reardan, Junior had the possibility of actually being successful, and leaving the reservation, but that would also mean leaving his family, and his friends.
He was born with hydrocephalus water in the brain , which has led to a number of health problems. This book gives you a good perspective on how life is for kid's living on Indian reservations, it gives you a good picture of the struggles of their everyday life, and also involves you escaping your own comfort zone in order to accomplish things. And yet, every morning, I did get up and go to school. Physical Violence, Domestic Abuse, and Bullying From an early age, Junior is bullied because of the complications of his hydrocephalus—his lisp, stutter, and ungainly stature. Throughout the novel, Arnold describes many of the adversities that him and his loved ones have to face, revealing how it emotionally, mentally, and even sometimes physically, takes a toll… wonderful world. People had either ignored me or called me names or pushed me.