Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian Summary

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January 17, 2013 Nicole Samuels The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian

Chapter 1-3 Summary

In chapter one, we are introduced to the narrator, Arnold Spirit, nicknamed Junior. He describes himself, as being of lanky build, with an overly large skull, feet and hands. He has a medical condition called Hydrocephalus, which is an excess of fluid in the skull causing swelling of the brain. Junior went through a very risky surgery at the age of 6 months, which would normally kill or permanently damage the brain of the patient, but luckily came out undamaged. Junior has frequent seizures, a lisp and stutter. He matured having 42 teeth and had to get 10 pulled all at once with minimal novocaine. He could only have cheap glasses with big black frames. He lives on the reservation and is the weakest and smallest of them all so is beat up frequently and belongs to “the Black-Eye-of-the-Month-Club”. He tells us about how he loves to draw, and that it is the only thing he is good at. Chapter two is where Junior reveals that he is poor, saying that he is "just a poor-ass reservation kid living with his poor-ass family on the poor-ass Spokane Indian Reservation". He also gives us the very important math equation of “Poverty = empty refrigerator + empty stomach”. He tells about how good a piece of KFC chicken tastes after not eating for a long time. He tells us about how he wishes he could blames his parents for their poverty but cant because he loves them too much and they were born into poverty as were their parents, and their parents, and so on and so forth. He talks about how his parents had dreams but didn’t do anything about it, and draws a picture of who his parents could have been if they had followed their dreams. He tells us about how being poor makes you feel, like you’re hopeless. Junior also delves into a painful memory...
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