At the beginning of this haunting and masterful novel from the late Wagamese ( –), eight-year-old Saul Indian Horse is alone, having. Saul Indian Horse is in critical condition. Sitting feeble in an alcoholism treatment facility, he is told that sharing his story will help relieve his agony. Though. Indian Horse, a severe yet beautiful novel by Ojibway writer Richard Wagamese, concerns Saul Indian Horse, a former hockey star undergoing.

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He seamlessly braids together his two traditions: I’m not saying, of course, that this exonerates them in hindsight anymore than I would absolve the slave traders, but I don’t believe that Residential Schools were conceived in evil.

What a sickening notion, that while we in Canada take great pride in being the freedom end of the Underground Railroad, we were also rounding up all of the Native children, tearing them from their families, and placing them in institutions where they could have their culture, language and traditions literally beaten out of them. Indian Horse is a heart-breaking and heart-warming story about growing up, racism, community residential schools, survival and hockey.

It occurs to me that Canadians have had our fair share of atrocities committed on our own doorsteps, behind closed doors situated just out of sight.

A professional writer sincehe was a newspaper columnist and reporter, radio and television broadcaster and producer, documentary producer and the author of fourteen titles from various Canadian publishers. Through the fog of pain, Eldon relates to his son the desolate moments in his life, as well as the times of hope — the family history Franklin has never known. This revelation comes as a shock to the reader since Saul gives no prior indication of being a victim of child sexual assault.

My enchantment, though real, gives way to sadness though even as I begin trusting Saul, he describes how his parents, his mother in particular, was lost to him even before they abandoned him. So we do not seek to unravel this. The rocks lay lodged like hymns in the breast of it, and the trees bent upward in praise like crooked fingers. We honour it by letting it be that way forever. Saul plays not to win, but to live.


If I was one white face among a few or many, I wanted the story tellers to know that someone was listening, that their stories were being heard.

I found this to be refreshing and unique and an excellent why to emphasize that these victims were children who had their own dreams. The author also does an amazing job of describing relationships. We cannot be a real first world country until we as a whole culture and country can be open and honest about the true effects of colonialism, and can shift our national focus on mending these sorts of wounds and attempting to rebuild, instead of applying dirty, worn-out bandaids and expecting time to yield new results.

All of those things make it difficult to really get inside the protagonist’s skin, to really feel his pain or redemption. By reading what he is writing while in treatment, we get engaged in fulfilling a possible pathway out. In this oppressive environment, Saul is denied the freedom to speak his language or embrace his Indigenous culture and he witnesses and experiences all kinds of abuse at the hands of the very people who were entrusted with his care.

Saul emerges as a believable, memorable character, struggling to come to terms with his traumatic past.

It is not my job to interject. Paperbackpages. The author doesn’t shy away in his descriptions of the harsh reality of living conditions or the way these children were treated, and we see it all through Saul’s eyes. The author’s style is stripped-down, almost stark, straightforward but powerful in its horss strength.

You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. But Wagamese’s voice and vision are also completely his own, as is the important and powerful story he has to tell. Wagamese does so in a way that keeps you reading, learning and understanding more.

Reading Indian HorseI was similarly shocked and disturbed, but had to accept that Richard Wagamese was trying to tell a story with truth at its core; that this horrendous experience could have happened to Saul Little Horse. In addition to individual words and phrases, he weaves in Ojibway legends.

You can make Grover swear, or not, depending on which sentence you’re thinking about at the time. And yet I wept, my tears flowing down ridhard face unabated into my shirt collar.


Book Review: Indian Horse, by Richard Wagamese

Richard Wagamese was one of Canada’s foremost Wagzmese authors and storytellers. Although a work of fiction, Wagamese draws from the lives of people he has known and lost, and because of that resonates with much earlier works by other great auth A CBC Canada Reads book, top Globe and Mail listed, critically acclaimed, much discussed, Richard Wagamese’s novel Indian Horse is deserving not only of accolades but your time.

My dad was furious that this teacher had richarv nerve to say such a thing and he had told her so. It is a great injustice to the youth of Canada that our education system chose to glaze over these horrific events in wzgamese gone by and it is only after reading this book that I was made aware of the Indian Residential schools where immoral priests and nuns worked to break the students spirit indiwn sever their ties with their aboriginal life. An amendment to the Indian Act in made attendance at a day, industrial or residential school compulsory for First Nations children and, in some parts of the country, residential schools were the only option.

The writing is clean and simple, it reads very quickly, and tells a tale both heart Saul Indian Horse is but eight years old when he is literally yanked from the arms of his grandmother and carted off richarv a church-run residential school.

Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese

The writing is clean and simple, it reads very quickly, and tells a tale both heartbreaking and uplifting. Yet, Wagamese writes without apology; and with such specificity and emotional restraint the reader sometimes forgets to breathe.

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Can anybody really write like this without having first-hand experience about all the subjects he has put to paper? From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Saul develops a passion for the game and an uncanny, almost preternatural gift. Who knew that this could happen in a so-called democratic society? A wxgamese cigarette package changes the fortune of this struggling set.

I know it was not like that.