My very favorite book as a child. I recently gave this to my two year old pal, Layth, who has since become so obsessed with the book that he now confuMy very favorite book as a child. I recently gave this to my two year old pal, Layth, who has since become so obsessed with the book that he now confuses me with Cyrus, and vice versa....more
*The Deathly Hallows* was more conclusive and resolute than I had hoped or assumed. However--and I'm trying to not give anything awayWell, it's over.
*The Deathly Hallows* was more conclusive and resolute than I had hoped or assumed. However--and I'm trying to not give anything away--it resolved itself in a more nuanced and complex way than the traditional "happy ending." Thus, I give it a good mark, overall.
I would, though, recommend Christopher Hitchens's review, "The Boy Who Lived," which is not too lauding of the series, and in this vein makes some great points of criticism and recommendation:
A review I wrote for a Young Adult Materials class:
Arnold “Junior” Spirit is a geek. Born with “water on the brain” and a surfeit of other medical proA review I wrote for a Young Adult Materials class:
Arnold “Junior” Spirit is a geek. Born with “water on the brain” and a surfeit of other medical problems, he is the easiest target for bullies on the Spokane Indian Reservation—a difficult and insular place to grow up, but none-the-less it’s home. Arnold’s one and only friend, Rowdy, happens to be the toughest kid on the “rez,” which, when paired with Arnold’s tenacity, keeps Arnold relatively safe from bullying. Yet, when Arnold decides to leave the “rez” to attend a predominantly white school, his life is turned upside down: the people on the “rez” declare him a traitor, Rowdy disowns him, and the students at his new school view him as an outsider. But Arnold is nothing if not confident, witty, sarcastic, and stubborn. Even in the face of a rapid succession of tragedies that no one (let alone a marginalized high school freshman) should have to endure, Arnold perseveres, gaining the respect and admiration of both his new school and many on the “rez.”
*The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian* deservedly won the “Young People’s Literature” National Book Award in 2007. Sherman Alexie deftly tackles edgy subjects such as racism, alcoholism, violence, and a variety of male adolescent issues (such as masturbation, anger, disillusionment, and many more) with a perfect combination of honesty and humor. Creating an insightful and funny character that is, at once, an outsider to two cultures allows for a meaningful, critical discussion about multiculturalism’s promises and failures. Were issues of race the only topic in this novel, it would still be declared a success. Yet, Alexie manages to imbed issues of adolescence within a larger discussion—one that touches on hatred, tradition, neglect, and many other important issues—thus giving the overall work a deeper meaning and wider scope. This book, which, on the surface, is a year in the life of an adolescent boy, tightly weaves together such a wide variety of issues with a riveting narrative that the appeal of *The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is universal.*...more