He was born with Hydrocephalus a medical condition in which there is an build-up of cerebrospinal fluid within the brain. As a result Junior is small for his age, suffers from seizures, has poor eyesight, a lisp and a stutter. The poor guy is picked on by practically everyone on the reservation — his only friend is Rowdy, who is abused at home.
Share via Email The title tells it like it is. Sherman Alexie was born a Spokane Indian. He grew up where the book is set, on a reservation - the "rez" - in Wellpinit, Washington state.
He was, like his central character, hydrocephalic at birth, "with too much grease inside my skull". And in his teens he attended Reardan High School, off the reservation, near the rich farm town, where all the other students were white. Many authors hum and ha when asked if their fiction is in any way autobiographical.
This one makes no bones about it and yet skilfully manages to transform his actual experience into a novel. Arnold Spirit Jnr, known simply as Junior on the rez, speaks directly to the reader and is both narrator and illustrator, a cartoonist.
He feels like rubbish, gets beaten up as a matter of course because he lisps, stutters and looks like a freak, but with a pen in his hand he finds a sense of being "important". For example, he describes on one page how it "sucks to be poor", and on the next sketches portraits of his parents as they might have been if someone had paid attention to their dreams.
His could-have-been mother is smart in her suit, a community college teacher. His another-life father is hip, a professional saxophonist. He just uses a couple of words for that. She is an ex-drunk.
He is a drunk. In fact Junior only knows five Indians who have never drunk alcohol, one of them being his bandana-wearing grandmother: There is a graphic illustration of boy throwing a book at his white teacher and breaking his nose.
But then the wounded teacher comes to visit.
And he has some advice for Junior: So Junior makes the bold decision to leave his home turf and go to Reardan. He finds friendship with a geek, Rowdy, who teaches him the art of reading.
He gets to be the semi-boyfriend of the beautiful, milky Penelope, who wears her bulimia like a badge of honour. Even the jocks learn to respect him, especially when he emerges as a whizz on the basketball court.
The only problem is that the league schedule inevitably includes on-court battles against the team from his old school, whose star player used to be his best friend, who sees him as a traitor.
And so he must be warrior enough to face his people and defeat them. In his own words, this is "really weird".Sherman Alexie's The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is a short novel labeled young adult but more appropriate for adult audiences. A mere pages including comic sketches, Alexie details the plight of Arnold aka Junior, a 14 year old Spokane Indian living on a reservation/5.
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"The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian" by Sherman Alexie was about an Indian kid, named Junior, who lives on a reservation. That reservation is very poor and his family is a bit random, starting with his parents who can be alcoholics at times.
Oct 21, · Sherman Alexie has followed the success of his young-adult novel, “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” with a volume of short stories and poetry. Sherman Alexie's bio on his website sounds like a summary of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.
The book is quirky and funny and captivating in its improbability because it comes straight from the author's own life. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is Alexie's first foray into the young adult genre, and it took him only one book to master the form.
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