How does this text BUILD on our knowledge and understanding of the writer?
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Text #19: “Tomson Highway: Interview with Sherman Alexie” (Book Review)
2. How does the text deepen our understanding of Alexie and his writing?
The text deepens our understanding of Alexie and his writing because it tells us that he was inspired by native American authors to write because it connected to him personally as he is a Native American as well who had to endure common ordeals. It is quoted in the text by Alexie, “I got into the class, and my professors, Alex Kwo, gave me an anthology of contemporary Native American poetry called Songs from this Earth on Turtle’s back. I opened it up and— oh gosh— I saw my life in poems and stories for the first time.” This book that Alexie cherishes so much is a book of poems by 52 renowned Native American writers, and the poems describe the life of a typical American Indian on the reservation, living a life full of prejudice, hate and inequality, but with all these flaws being echoed the authors did not fail to include joy and happiness, something that Sherman Alexie has replicated by integrating dark humor into his pieces. It was this book that prompted Sherman Alexie to pursue a future in writing. The text then goes on to say that there was a golden line in the book that was the real life changer for Sherman Alexie it was by a Paiute poet named Adrian Lewis and it says, “Oh uncle Adrian, Im in the reservation of my mind”. and