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5.0 von 5 Sternen 'And no matter how good I was, I would always be an Indian'
Der Titel des Buches erinnerte mich spontan an 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time'. Von daher erwartete ich ein Jugendbuch, das vom Stil und der Wortwahl eher locker und leicht daherkommt, das inhaltlich aber sehr anspruchsvoll ist. Und genau das ist Sherman Alexie perfekt gelungen. In seiner gewohnt ironischen und bisweilen bissigen Art gelingt es ihm...
Veröffentlicht am 17. Oktober 2009 von Haugi

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Die Qualität des Buches ist ok, durch das Softcover aber schnell abgenutzt.

Die Handlung ist sehr abgeflacht und ein einziges Gerede um wenige Geschehnisse, die deutlich kürzer wiedergegeben werden könnten, somit sehr zäh zu lesen.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen 'And no matter how good I was, I would always be an Indian', 17. Oktober 2009
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Der Titel des Buches erinnerte mich spontan an 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time'. Von daher erwartete ich ein Jugendbuch, das vom Stil und der Wortwahl eher locker und leicht daherkommt, das inhaltlich aber sehr anspruchsvoll ist. Und genau das ist Sherman Alexie perfekt gelungen. In seiner gewohnt ironischen und bisweilen bissigen Art gelingt es ihm die Probleme in den Indianerreservaten anzusprechen ohne anzuklagen. Er thematisiert Alkohol, Drogen, Gewalt, Depressionen, Diabetes, die Uran-Minen und andere Missstände ohne dabei die Handlung aus den Augen zu verlieren. Im Mittelpunkt steht ein sympathischer Hauptdarsteller, der seit seinem Wechsel an eine 'weiße' Schule zwischen den Kulturen steht. Das Buch ist komisch und traurig zugleich, man kann es in vier Stunden lesen aber auch vier Wochen darüber diskutieren. Um es mit den Worten von Alexie zu sagen: 'It's a weird thing'.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Sheer Brilliance!, 27. Juli 2010
Sherman Alexie is a genius. It's as simple as that.

This wonderfully funny, serious and moving book is a roman a clef of Alexie's life. His protagonist, Arnold Jr. is some 25 years younger than his real counterpart. The story is set in the 2006-2007 school year. Alexie's character, Arnold Jr. was born on November 5, 1992, the same day his best friend Rowdy was born. The two couldn't be more different, yet they form a rock solid bond.

Arnold's sister Mary, some several years his senior leaves the reservation to get married. She moves to Flattop Montana where she pursues her dream, which is to write a Native love story. Prior to her marriage, she had been living in the family basement, rarely venturing out.

Arnold, on the other hand ventures far and beyond the "rez," as the reservation is called. He and Rowdy share a love for comics and it is the clever drawings in this book that make it all the more endearing and humorous. Arnold, born with water on the brain (hydrocephalus) suffered from seizures the first 7 years of his life. He also wore Buddy Holly style glasses, which further emphasize the differences he feels in himself when compared to his peers.

Rowdy, however, treats Arnold like an equal. They exact revenge on adult triplets who have bullied and harassed them. They share laughs, tears and even guy bonding over similar interests. That is, until Arnold decides to leave the reservation school of Wellpinit for Reardan, the school in town. His decision is prompted by his anger at the old materials in Wellpinit and by a teacher who steps up to the plate for him after he gets an in-your-face idea of how disaffected Arnold really is.

Rowdy and some of the other rez residents call Arnold an "apple," (red on the outside, white on the inside) and brand him a turncoat for leaving the reservation school. Reardon is some 22 miles away, so Arnold is at the mercy of whoever is able to drive him there. Once there, he discovers a different code of social conduct among his peers and even makes some friends. His father's best friend, a delightful man named Eugene sometimes chauffers him on his "iron pony," a classic 1946 motorcycle. At Reardan Arnold can spread his falcon wings as opposed to beating them in one place. He can soar academically and with the school basketball team. While there, he learns that he can take his heritage wherever he is; he is not a turncoat and that his heritage is part of his identity and his moving beyond the place where he grew up gives him a chance to offer cultural sharing. In turn, people who are unfamiliar with reservation life share in turn. Arnold, the boy born with water on the brain and who once suffered from seizures and whose father drinks too much can stand tall on the reservation and beyond. He has soared like a falcon.

This is an excellent book and I cannot recommend it highly enough.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Ein Indianer unter Weißen, 1. Mai 2010
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Im Reservat hat praktisch niemand die Chance, etwas aus seinem Leben zu machen. Die meisten Indianer sind im Alkohol gefangen. So auch die Eltern des sehr intelligenten Jungen Junior. Junior ist ein Außenseiter, weil er mit einem Wasserkopf auf die Welt gekommen ist. Für's Kämpfen ist er nicht. Ihn interessiert die Welt. Im Reservat wird er ständig von den Stärkeren unterdrückt. Sein bester Freund kämpft an seiner Stelle. Sein Lehrer bemerkt die Intelligenz des Jungen und rät ihm, auf eine weiße Schule außerhalb des Reservats zu gehen. Nun wird er noch mehr angefeindet -- sowohl von den neuen Mitschülern als auch von den Menschen im Reservat. Wer das Reservat verlässt, ist ein Feind. Doch Junior kämpft sich durch. Er etabliert sich in der neuen Schule, findet Freude und übersteht schwere Verluste. Denn nicht nur verliert er seinen besten Freund, der auf ihn sauer ist, weil Junior das Reservat verlassen hat, sondern auch Familienmitglieder und Bekannte durch den Alkohol. Und immer kann er sich nicht von dem Gedanken befreien, dass sein Weggang aus dem Reservat daran Schuld ist. Soll er wieder zurückkommen und seine Träume aufgeben? Muss ein Indianer immer bei seinem Stamm bleiben?
Ein wirklich sehr gelungenes Jugendbuch. Voller intelligentem Humor, Sensibilität, Tragik und Leben. Ab 12.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Better than my ex fav book!, 20. Dezember 2010
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I have a book, which used to be my favorite in more than 20 years. I read it again and again about once a year. In German and in English. Like a ritual. Well, to say it quick and easy: the "Part-time Indian" kicked it from its throne. Bad for his notional patients and good for us that Sherman Alexie did not become a medical doctor but a writer. And it's ok for the other book, I still like it second best now. ;-)
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Absolutely true diary of a part-time Indian, 9. Dezember 2012
“The Absolutely true diary of a part-time Indian” by Alexis Sherman is a novel for young adults.
The book is about an Indian boy who lives on the Spokane Reservation in Wellpinit. His name is Arnold Spirit jr. and he loves to draw comics. He wants a better future than the rest of the Indians on the Reservation so he changes to the white school in Reardan. There he makes new friends but he still lives on the Reservation so he has to found out how he can live in both worlds and try to find who he is.

Arnold Spirit jr. is fourteen years old and he has physical and psychological problems like stuttering and seizures. He loves to play basketball even he is not that tall. Also he loves his family and his dog which died because he was ill and Arnold’s father shot him. At Reardan high school he becomes a good basketball player and gets in the varsity team.
His best friend is Rowdy who is born at the same day like Arnold. He’s strong and defeats Arnold when some boys from the reservation beat him. But he gets mad about Arnold when Arnold changes school and only at the end they become friends again.
Arnold has an older sister called Mary runs away because Mary runs away often but she comes always back. She wants to be an author of romantic novels. She lives in the basement of their house.
Arnold‘s mother is intelligent and wants to be a teacher but she never went to a college. His father is most of the time drunken and his dream is to be a professional musician. His grandmother is the nicest person Arnold knows. She’s tolerant and not racist.
His friends at Reardan high school are Penelope (he’s semi-dating her), Roger (first they don’t like each other but then they become friends) and Gordy (he helps Arnold and is his first friend).

Alexis Sherman wants to show how the Indians live and how it is to be an Indian boy who lives in two worlds. On the one hand it shows the reservation with the problem of alcoholism, hopelessness and poverty because the Indians have not that much money and want to solve their problems with alcohol. On the other hand he wants to show how it is to be an Indian boy who changes to white school where the kids have enough money, enough to eat and trendy clothes. He shows us the differences between our live and the live of the Indians.

My opinion about the book is that it is a great book. It is funny because of the cartoons which are drew by Arnold to show us his world because he said he can more explain with a cartoon than with words. It is also sometimes a little bit ironic for example when Arnold draws himself. Alexis Sherman’s way of telling the story is a good way to tell it with humor and it is a perfect book for young adults to show them that you can live in two worlds and you can still find who you are.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Amerikanisches Happy End, 2. Dezember 2010
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Die absolut wahre Gechichte eines Part-time Indianers liest sich sehr schnell. Ebenso unterhaltsam wie die Geschichte sind die vielen cogenialen Zeichnungen. Ein Einblick in die Amerikanischen Reservate der ganz anderen Art.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Book Report, 9. November 2010
I adored this book. The writing of this book is not very complicated. It's very simple and funny written and you can understand nearly everything because of the very well explanation in detail.
The story tells about a little Indian, called Arnold Spirit Junior, who explains himself the world and the people who live in there with cartoons. He grows up in an Indian reservation and he just has one friend. His parents live in a dreamworld and are mostly drunken like all the others who live in the reservation.
Junior looks very funny because he's got a big head. He was born with too much celebral spinal fluid in his head. The other Indians in the reservation often make jokes of him and beat him up. But his friend Rowdy defends him mostly. So when Junior came in school he got a teacher called Mr.P. and he talks with him about his problems in the reservation. The teacher tells him that he should go to another school where Junior can find more hope than in the reservation. So he goes to Reardan, a school with just white people.
In the following chapters the writer describes the feelings and the fears of Junior in the new school. The writer explains the feelings of Junior living between the reservation and the new school. By and by Junior finds new friends and his first love Penelope. Despite the fact Junior is an Indian and poor, his new friends really like him but it takes time until Junior realizes that he now has true friends.
In the book there are also some passages where Junior shows off his fellings and where he's very emotional. He writes down this things which belong to a diary.
So this book shows off the whole truth of the life of a 'Part-Time Indian' written in a very funny context and also in a few passages emotional.
All in all this is a must read book.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A book for pupils, which can be read simply, 7. November 2010
The book is a very nice book and easy to read for pupils or people which still learn to speak and understand english.I couldn't read it quickly enough because it's really exiting and funny to read.

The story is about Arnold,also called Junior, an indian who lives in the Spokane Indian Reservation,he likes cartoons and goes on a school for the indians in the reservation.He is an outsider and has only one friend, Rowdy.He also plays in the basketballteam in his school.Arnold is used to being picked on.A teacher of Junior gives him the advice to go on another school where he has more chances for his future.So he is now on Reardan Highschool, a school for white people,but now he gets picked on by the children from the new school and the children from the reservation.Because when you leave the reservation you're an enemy.So he loses much ,like his best friend Rowdy,he hates him because he left the reservation.But he keeps on fighting and get some new friends on Reardan like the girl he loves ,Penelope.

The whole story build up with a lot of humour.I read a couple of books but no one of them made so much fun to read.As well as being an honestly written fictional diary ,it also raises issues of social pressure, racism and even prejudice within communities for being different.

In my opinion the message of the book is that you never should give up, no matter what happens.In addition you should try to realise your dreams.

If someone looks for a well written and funny book for itself,can I only recommend this one.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Weird, 14. Dezember 2009
Forget all cliches. Dive into a young Native American's fears and hopes. Be caught by the author's witty, ironic style. Honest. Funny. Sad. Angry. Don't expect a silly coming of age high school story. Don't expect a bad white man vs. noble Indian story. Don't expect a history book. Or a Dear diary confession of nothings. Food for thought granted. Read it.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Witzig und unterhaltsam, 30. Juli 2014
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Als ich las, dass es von konservativen, frömmelnden Eiferern aus einigen US Schulen verbannt wurde, wusste ich, dass ich es lesen musste. Der tragikomische, halb-biographische Roman von Sherman Alexie erzählt vom Bemühen seines Protagonisten, der Trostlosigkeit des Spokane Reservates zu entfliehen. Es ist eine ehrliche, ungeschönte Geschichte, die zugleich sehr erbaulich geraten ist. Das Einzige was mich gestört hat, war, dass sie so kurz war.
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