"The Broken Cord" by Michael Dorris Book Review by Master Researcher

"The Broken Cord" by Michael Dorris
A literary review of "The Broken Cord" by Michael Dorris, focusing on the issue of fetal alcohol syndrome.
# 36054 | 900 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Sep 22, 2003 in Literature (American) , Medical and Health (General)

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This paper depicts the emotional and psychological struggle the author goes through in "The Broken Cord". The paper describes how "The Broken Cord" is about a Native-American Indian father who has to take care of his adoptive son's fetal alcohol syndrome condition. The paper discusses the misconceptions about fetal alcohol syndrome and its effects that Dorris effectively eradicated and also highlights the theme that people must overcome racial and ethnic tensions to accept that some problems are universal and certain groups are more prone to them than others.

From the Paper:

"Michael Dorris, was an essayist and novelist of Modoc American Indian heritage. He made a place for himself in the literary world by becoming a presenter for the multi-voiced stories with nonlinear plot lines. These stories were narrated from intricately interwoven perspectives- and carried literary techniques crafted in collaboration with Louise Erdrich to whom he was married. (Minneapolis Star Tribune 1997)
"His adopted son Reynold Abel, whom he called "Adam" in his book, was born on a Sioux reservation to a woman who eventually died of alcohol poisoning. (The son died after being struck by a car in 1991.) The Broken Cord, published in 1989, detailed his son's struggles with incurable mental handicaps caused by his birth mother's drinking. The book helped spread understanding of fetal alcohol syndrome and won a National Book Critics Circle award. (Gleick, 1997)
""The Broken Cord " is about a Native American Indian father who has to take care of his adoptive son's fetal alcohol syndrome condition. It presents the autobiographical story of Dorris himself and as such creates a more deep involvement through the reader. As the father struggles to understand his son's illness he cannot understand what he is suffering from."

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