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bhannah | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 10, 2010 at 12:00 PM via web

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What do you think are the differences between The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian and real life on Indian reservations in the USA?

What do you think are the differences between The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian and real life on Indian reservations in the USA?

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cetaylorplfd | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted June 10, 2010 at 1:45 PM (Answer #2)

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Sherman Alexie has based some of the novel on his personal experience, so if we as readers find him a credible and trustworthy writer, then we can reason that some of the experiences in the book are true to life.  Be aware, however, that life on reservations will vary depending on the location and circumstances of the reservation, and the novel does not make any claims to being representative of life on Indian reservations overall.  The novel is centered around Junior's life on his own reservation.

I have watched documentaries about some Indian reservations that portray the levels of unemployment as being much more serious than what is shown in the book.  Further, I have read some stories (both fiction and nonfiction) that are set on Indian reservations in which the tone is more despairing than that evoked in The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.  Junior as the narrator is a pretty upbeat kid; I wonder what the book would be like if it were narrated from Rowdy's perspective?

So, there are differences between Alexie's novel and other texts that I have read/viewed about Indian reservations.

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