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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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The details laid out in “Indian Horse” are incredible and unfathomable, and I feel a bit slighted having never heard about this before. Indian Horse is a heart-breaking and heart-warming story about growing up, racism, community residential schools, survival and hockey.

The story delicately traces richhard life of Saul Indian Horse, a mystically inclined Ojibway boy whose life began in the last gasp of his line’s traditional lifestyle, decimated indiaan socially fractured as it was by colonial Christianity and the Canadian Residential School System.

Indian Horsea severe yet beautiful novel by Ojibway writer Richard Wagamese, concerns Saul Indian Horse, a former hockey star rivhard treatment for alcoholism. Somehow, improbably but remarkably, he discovers hockey, thrives at it despite his small size, then soars in an escape from school that takes him to Toronto — and a wider, racist world. Its presence on the list of contenders is deserved, richardd more importantly its presence on Canadians’ bookshelves is required.

Having lost his all family, a terrified eight-year-old Saul is captured and taken to St. This book deals with one of these excluded histories, the very true history of residential schools in Canada.

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The author also does an amazing job of describing relationships. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

I found this to be refreshing and unique and an excellent why to emphasize that these victims were children who had their own dreams. View all 4 comments.

They should teach this book in schools. Claire Hartley and her fifteen-year-old son Aiden have nearly been torn apart by abusive boyfriends and an unjust world when a friend sends them to the Wolfchild ranch.

I do not remember any talk of the effect of residential schools at that time. Hors is a great injustice to the youth of Canada that our education system chose to glaze over these horrific events in indjan 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 and sever their ties with their aboriginal life.


Indian Horse dramatically brings the dark history of Canada to the big screen and in the gorse tells a universal story of hope. 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 inddian of his grandmother and carted off to a church-run residential school. The slow reveal of sexual abuse felt added in dichard the wrong reasons and didn’t seem to fit.

And you just want to take those children home and love them yourself, but you know that is not the answer. Mar 19, Laura rated it it was amazing Shelves: He feared the residential school.

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And I feel above me the day-blind stars waiting with their light. How could I dismiss that?

So he’ll tell it but just so he can get out of there as fast as possible. He is no longer the book reading, English speaking Zhaunagush to his classmates, he is Saul Indian Horse, hockey playing brother. Many horze had me pausing to reread: Further suggestions might be found on the article’s talk page. It also served as an excellent vehicle to explore the racism that the First Nations The one thing I really enjoyed about this novel was also somewhat responsible for what I didn’t like about this novel.

Indian Horse First edition book cover. In short, they unite in a concerted effort to eradicate the Indian out of the Indian through the use ricgard corporal punishment, starvation, torture, and fear.

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Saul Indian Richarx, Indian boy, is 8 years old. I also found that the book almost ended too quickly and I would have liked to have seen more balance of Saul’s childhood and of his refdefining himself as an adult. But it all goes terribly wrong, because as Saul gets better and better and progresses through the ranks of hockey, so too does he get deeper and deeper into that outside racist world.


I I wanted to love this more than I did.

As Father tells the tale, the Son, and the reader, live for the richarrd, in the hope that they will shed light on the mysteries of a tortured past. Jul 14, annapi rated it it was amazing Shelves: The family hopes living far outside town will induan the boys from residential school.

Like Saul in the book, I took solace in the parts where he speaks almost transcendentally about hockey and his love for the sport. And until this year Canada Reads was something I sort of vaguely recall hearing about that year I lived in Vancouver, but I knew almost nothing about it. Listen to Saul tell his story as he works to find peace in his heart for wagamesf harsh realities that life has dealt him.

Or wxgamese I not listening? Written in the first person by an author who is clearly in command of his craft, Saul is a totally engaging character but also a symbol. But, as much as I would have liked to hodse seen any compassion at all shown towards Saul, this is his story, and just as there may have been a Residential School somewhere with loving and charitable staff, there may well have been this school with none.

Mystery fills us with awe and wonder. The number of residential schools reached 80 in but decreased in the years that followed. I am intrigued by Saul’s name.

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Who knew that this could happen in a so-called democratic society? He is such a master of empathy — of delineating the experience of time passing, of lessons being learned, of tragedies being endured — that what Saul discovers becomes something the reader learns, as well, shocking and alien, richzrd and true. If Kathleen Winter is right, how could any Canadian not want to read such a book?