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はみだしインディアンのホントにホントの物語 (SUPER!YA)

はみだしインディアンのホントにホントの物語 (SUPER!YA)

  • 作者: シャーマンアレクシー,エレンフォーニー,Sherman Alexie,Ellen Forney,さくまゆみこ
  • 出版社/メーカー: 小学館
  • 発売日: 2010/01/27
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 If someone asks me like “What do you know about the Native Americans, in other words, Indians?”, actually, I only have a few things to answer to it like they have facial features and skin-colors similar to Asians, they have leaders called chiefs, and so on. To be honest, I can only come up with those Indians who live in the Neverland in Peter Pan movie at the most. I met a book that definitely made me interested in the present state of Native Americans who had been a kind of people I had very little to do with. It is a book named “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” written by Sherman Alexie.



 “I was born with water on the brain.”, this shocking sentence is the first one of the book which is an autobiography of the author Sherman Alexie. He was born with too much cerebral spinal fluid inside his skull, and this fact caused him many kind of physical problems, for example, he had 42 teeth whereas ordinary people had 32, his one eye was nearsighted and the other was farsighted, and he had seizures at least two times a week, so he spent his childhood with those troubles, plus he was bullied terribly. Written that way, the plot sounds just miserable, but actually, I somehow feel a momentum and humor about the author’s narrative way so no matter how an episode is terrible, I believe, it makes you smile and thrilled.                               




 There were many things I knew for the first time by reading this book as follows, most native Americans live in some quarters called reservations where you can see so many alcoholics and the death rate is extremely high.

 The author who was full of adventurous spirit left his reservation when he was about to  become a high school student ending up going to a white people high school. Through things he experienced there such as discriminations, loves, and friendships, he makes you think of universality of human beyond the difference between races. I was really happy encountering a good book.


The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (English Edition)

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (English Edition)