8th May 2018 – The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

The real struggles of a Native American boy make an uplifting story.

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. True fiction. Absolutely.

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Author: cardiffread

We’re an informal book club that meets once a month at Canton Library and afterwards for a drink at Chapter Arts Centre in Canton, Cardiff. We’ve been running since March 2010 and are looking for new members all the time! Any queries, just send us a tweet @cardiffread or drop us a line on cardiffread@gmail.com Cheers! Steve, Laura & Emma

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