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Superman and Me is a memoir written by Sherman Alexie publishedoriginally in the Los Angeles Times Alexie is a young Native Americanwho narrates how in spite of having grown up on a Spokane IndianReservation he learned to read at an early age by looking throughSuperman comics He tells how he continued learning even more over theyears until it turned him into a writer Alexies Superman and me isaddressed to the children on Native American reservations who arestruggling in school and in life in general in order to convince themthat with dedication and perseverance they can change the stereotype ofNative Americans who live on reservations This is important becauseaccording to Alexie reading and writing can save a persons lifeThe author tells how his fathers passion for books soon led him todevelop a deep interest in them as well and how from an early age hehad contact with all kinds of books Already interested by books thathis father brought to their home his curiosity made him pick them uprandomly and open them Although he did not know how to read he figuredout the purpose of paragraphs As a result everything he viewed was inthe form of paragraphs family classmates and the Native Americansreservation where he lived Alexie especially remembers a Superman comicthat despite his lack of vocabulary he could match the words with thevisualization and use his imagination This avid interest in readingmade him learn quickly In this way he was able to read more advancedbooks than his classmatesConsequently his classmates began to look down on him because NativeAmerican children are not generally viewed as well-educated Despitethis Alexie was decisive in his determination not to fail in thenon-Native American world Therefore he started to read everything hecame across from cereal boxes to newspapers and magazines As an adultand writer Alexie teaches other Native American children creativewriting and how to read He especially encourages the younger youth tokeep reading books Alexie 2013 says I am trying to
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