Hopp til hovedmenyen på siden Hopp til hovedinnholdet på siden

Logg inn til ditt område

The absolutely true diary of a part-time Indian

The novel opens with Arnold's explanation of the fact that he was born with an excess of cerebral spinal fluid in his skull (an event that he describes as being "born with water on the brain"). The brain damage that resulted from this and the surgery that he went through in order to remove some of the fluid left Arnold with many physical problems: He has forty-two teeth, is skinny, has an over-sized head, hands, and feet, has poor eyesight, experiences frequent seizures, stutters, and lisps. Mistreated by others on the reservation because of these problems, Arnold is regularly beaten up and given such nicknames as "retard" (for the brain damage that he has sustained) and "globe" (for his large head). His family, like the majority of the other reservation families, is incredibly poor: This point is emphasized when Arnold's adopted dog Oscar begins to suffer from intense heat exhaustion and Arnold's father is forced to kill Oscar with a rifle to avoid having to pay the expensive veterinary treatment necessary to save him.

Arnold's life on the reservation is brightened by his friend Rowdy, described by Arnold as being "the toughest kid on the rez." Rowdy's father abuses his son and wife; thus they are constantly and noticeably covered in bruises. Despite the hardships that he experiences and his cold, tough attitude, Rowdy stays true to his friend Arnold and cares a great deal for him.

On Arnold's first day of high school, his teacher, Mr. P, hands out textbooks to the students and Arnold realizes that his book is the one that had been used by his mother, who was thirty years old when she gave birth to him, thus making the textbook at least thirty years older than Arnold himself. Angered and saddened by the fact that the Spokane reservation is so poor as to be unable to afford new textbooks for its high school and feeling that his hopes and enthusiasm have been crushed, Arnold violently throws the book, which ends up colliding with Mr. P. The school suspends Arnold.

A week into Arnold's suspension, he is visited at the front porch of his family's house by a bandaged Mr. P, to whom Arnold apologizes. They speak about various things, such as why Arnold threw the textbook and about the fact that Arnold's sister (Mary Spirit, who is often referred to by the nickname "Mary Runs Away" and who spends most of her time in Arnold's home's basement) had a desire to write romance novels. Mr. P, having seen many bright Spokane Indians (among them Arnold's sister) lose hope and a desire to succeed after experiencing life on the reservation, believes that Arnold, a relatively bright student, deserves more than what he will get from continuing to live where he is now. He goes so far as to suggest that Arnold leave the reservation in search of a brighter future. Arnold, prompted by Mr. P's suggestion that he leave the reservation, gets some words of advice: "You can't give up. You won't give up. You threw that book in my face because somewhere inside, you refuse to give up." [2] Hearing that, he decides to transfer to Reardan-the school full of rich white kids in the countryside. Though Arnold's mother is an ex-drunk and his father a drunk, they do not wish their children to end up like them and, like Mr. P, believe that there is hope for Arnold off the reservation; thus they allow him to transfer to Reardan's high school. Arnold's decision brings harsh criticism and violence from Rowdy, who declares Arnold a "white lover" and attacks him.

On Arnold's first day at Reardan, his father drives him the twenty-two miles from the reservation to the school. The only Indian to attend the school, he is treated somewhat as an outcast by the other students, and taunting and threatening remarks from a group of boys eventually drive Arnold to violence. Despite his troubles, Arnold begins to enjoy Reardan, developing a crush on a white girl, Penelope, and making friends with a student named Gordy. Junior tries to talk to Rowdy, who he had been friends with at Wellpinit ever since they had been young kids growing up on the Spokane Indian reservation. He tells him about how he's falling in love with Penelope: "Hey Rowdy", I wrote. "I'm in love with a white girl. What should I do?" "Hey Asshole", Rowdy wrote back. "I'm sick of Indian guys who treat white women like bowling trophies. Get a life." [3] They had been fighting ever since Junior had left and Rowdy has gotten mad every time they had communicated, even when Junior went to knock on Rowdy's door to give him a picture he drew of the 'good old times'. His father answers the door and is just as rude as Rowdy himself, saying: "Yeah, I'll give it. Even if it is a little gay." [4]

As time goes by, Arnold and Penelope develop a closer relationship. He makes it on the varsity basketball team, something that isn't common for a freshman.

Eventually, though, he is struck by more tragedies - his sister, who eloped and moved to Montana, dies in a trailer fire, his father's friend Eugene is killed, and his grandmother is run over by a drunk driver.

At the end, Arnold and Rowdy make up and look towards a bright future.

Andre bøker på emnet Indianere (13)

  1. Bli med til- Nord-Amerikas indianere
  2. Falsk ansikt
  3. The Mission
  4. Blueberry - Geronimo
  5. Minnesota og støvet
  6. Island of the blue dolphins
List flere på Indianere...

Andre bøker på emnet Engelsk (378)

  1. Crossroads 8
  2. Crossroads 10A Lettlest
  3. English as a Second Language
  4. The Look-It-Up Book of PRESIDENTS
  5. Horrid Henry's Revenge
  6. The Story of Chocolate
List flere på Engelsk...
Logg inn hvis du ønsker å kommentere denne

Denne finnes på Kvaløysletta skole

Lånehistorikk Utlånt 7 ganger

  1. 2015 - 18. aug.
  2. 2014 - 23. april 495 dager.
  3. 2014 - 8. jan. 1261 dager.
  4. 2014 - 8. jan. 600 dager.
  5. 2012 - 4. sep. 1179 dager.
  6. 2012 - 27. aug. 1187 dager.
  7. 2011 - 23. mai 1256 dager.

Tech info