Life on the Reservation
The courage of a man only comes out when he has learned to lose. The book The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, By Sherman Alexie, I read about the non-fiction story of a boys childhood. This book really had an impact on the way I look at my own life, and understand how lucky I am to have what I do. Sherman Alexie used his childhood experience to really get the point across of how life isn't always fair, but you should never stop trying. This books is about an Indian boy growing up in a harsh society on his reservation. He is disliked and bullied everywhere he goes, and only has one friend. He sees that he has no future living on the reservation and decides to do something no one has ever done, and transfer schools to outside of the reservation. This idea was viewed as bad right from the start, but within his first couple of days that changes quickly. He pushes through school and friendship, along with a little basketball rivalry, and ends up battling the hardest parts of life with loved ones.This book really connected with me and I was able to feel the emotions it was portraying. I was able to feel sad when he did, and felt good for him when something went well. The book also let me look on how fortunate I am to live in a great society, and for things like my school and friends. The character was also easy to relate to as he was a teenager going through his high school years. This book in general has really changed my views on my life and the people around me. I have never been so engaged in a book, and I was able to connect with the reader throughout his experience.