Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

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I decided to do my book report on the Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie. This book is about a Native American boy who has to deal with various issues like racism, bullying, loss, health issues, and other more adolescent issues. In the beginning of the book Arnold tells us of his complicated birth and how he was born with too much cerebral fluid. This led to him having an abundance of physical issues as he got older, like poor eyesight, a rather large head, speech impediments, and seizures. Because of these issues he is frequently bullied and it is usually up to Arnold’s best friend Rowdy to protect him. Rowdy’s father abuses him and as a result he is very volatile and short-tempered. On Arnold’s first day he is…show more content…
Along with this Arnold has to deal with the death of his grandmother and soon after the death of his sister. Though as a result of this Rowdy and Arnold make up over a game of basketball. Rowdy tells Arnold that he always knew he would leave because like the traditional Indians he is “nomadic”. I was actually surprised that this book was on the reading list. We had read an excerpt of a Sherman Alexie work in our Bedford Reader and I liked it so I decided to give the book a read. It was not what I expected at all. For one thing it was short, probably around 200 pages or so, but what surprised me the most was the pictures. I honestly can’t remember the last time I read a book that had pictures in it. However seeing that the protagonist wanted to become a cartoonist it seemed fitting. Once I got past the fact that there were pictures (it really was deeply shocking for me) I found that I enjoyed the book. My favorite part of the book was the ending. Not in the “Oh, I’m glad THAT’S over.” kind of way, but in the “Oh, what a nice way to wrap everything up,” kind of way. It was when Arnold came to terms with his grandmother and sister’s death and made up with Rowdy. It was a happy but realistic ending, sort of bittersweet but more believable because of it. If I absolutely had to choose I’d say that I relate most to Arnold, he’s the protagonist so it’s only natural to identify with him the most. However, the
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