Make a full-time effort to read 'Part-Time Indian'
BY LAURA DINOVIS, 19, Freestyle Staff Writer
Death, despair, harsh truth and hope are all great ingredients for a story. Luckily for those who enjoy books, there is one sitting on library shelves this very minute which includes these components.
Sherman Alexie's fictional story "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian" is about a young Native American named Junior, and it is a very compelling and enlightening read.
Alexie tracks this young man through his teen years. The story begins on the Indian reservation where Junior has grown up. It is a depressing place where pride and poor education have kept Junior's family members and neighbors in an endless cycle of depression and poverty.
The book brings to light the saddening situation of Native Americans living on these desolate reservations. History classes may teach students of Native Americans of the past, but little to no information is given about their state today. They have been forgotten, swept under the rug, and this book does a terrific job of bringing this lost people back into the light.
Alexie's tale is not only educational, but humorous. His talent as a writer is seen by his ability to convey jarring truths to his readers through his funny passages. There also is a great deal of sadness present in Junior's life, and the laughs interwoven with these moments come as a great relief. The novel is also very true to life. Alexie does not sugarcoat his story or try to make it something it is not. He tells his story honestly, and through his honesty comes a great book.
For those who wish to learn, be entertained and enjoy a well put-together piece of literature, this book is a must. It is not difficult or slow. It is captivating through the beginning, middle and end.