The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Quotes by Sherman Alexie
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Quotes
It's one of the simplest sentences in the world, just four words, but they're the hugest words in the world when they're put together. You can do it. I can do it. Let's do it. No, poverty only teaches you how to be poor.
My brain was drowning in grease. I think the world is a series of broken dams and floods, and my cartoons are tiny little lifeboats. My parents came from poor people who came from poor people who came from poor people, all the way back to the very first poor people. Adam and Eve covered their privates with fig leaves; the first Indians covered their privates with their tiny hands. It sucks to be poor, and it sucks to feel that you somehow deserve to be poor.
by Sherman Alexie
We get beat up. At least once a month. We were supposed to make you give up being Indian. Your songs and stories and language and dancing. We weren't trying to kill Indian people. We were trying to kill Indian culture.
The cartoons that pepper the text of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian are actually by the artist Ellen Forney, so the book is a collaborative project between Alexie, who authored the text, and Forney, who drew the cartoons. Alexie began the book as a memoir, but ultimately decided that an autobiographical novel was more fitting for his material. The passage shows how Junior would like to use his art as a springboard to a better life. But drawing is not just a way for Junior to cope with and escape the challenges he faces on the reservation. Drawing, as Junior explains elsewhere gives Junior a means to honor his friends and family. Drawing gives Junior his particular way of contributing to his community. Character List Arnold Spirit Jr.