Indian Horse

Indian Horse

A Novel

Book - 2012
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Saul Indian Horse is dying in a hospice, remembering the life he led as a northern Ojibway. For Saul, taken forcibly from the land and his family when he's sent to residential school, salvation comes for a while through his incredible gifts as a hockey player. But in the harsh realities of 1960s Canada, he battles obdurate racism and the spirit-destroying effects of cultural alienation and displacement.
Publisher: Vancouver, British Columbia : Douglas & McIntyre, ©2012.
ISBN: 9781771621908
9781553654025
Characteristics: 220 pages ;,22 cm.

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Saul Indian Horse is dying. Tucked away in a hospice high above the clash and clang of a big city, he embarks on a marvelous journey of imagination back through the life he led as a northern Ojibway, with all its sorrows and joys.

With compassion and insight, author Richard Wagamese traces throu... Read More »

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llgregg
Sep 07, 2018

I was moved to read this book by comments on the contents, and I was well rewarded. Mr. Wagamese does, truly, write exquisitely. He brings to life the story of particular and generational abuse perpetrated by staff of the schools on native children who were forced to attend in white hopes of destroying the children's "inherent evil" and turning them into proper servants for the white society that took for their own personal use everything the Indians had had for millennia .

The story unfolds gradually, and one is taken into the story viscerally by the extreme care Mr. Wagamese takes to make everything real without being sordid. The recent disclosure of the Catholic church clergy's generational abuse of children in Pennsylvania and its tacit acceptance and cover up by the structure of the church bring fresh power to this story of Saul Indian Horse and his redemptive journey. It brought tears and a sense of renewal of the spirit to me.

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imaryg
Aug 24, 2018

Great little book, an emotional story and so interesting. It was a sad story overall but, juxtaposed against the happiness of the teenagers loving and playing hockey, it did not seem a sad story at all. Very easy reading, simply written and powerful.

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bronteside
Jun 07, 2018

Richard Wagamese writes exquisitely about
a life bereft of tenderness and caring.
A survivor of residential schools-
a target of prejudice on the ice and on the job-
The protagonist soars and stumbles through it all.
Reading this, you can hear a pin drop.

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INVS
May 27, 2018

Small print only?

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jg2018
Apr 11, 2018

This book is awesome!!!! I really recommend reading Indian horse.

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mayguess
Mar 29, 2018

This place the history and context of the residential school into focus.
Strong and beautiful writing.

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cnewson
Feb 27, 2018

A beautiful, sad, and heartbreaking story. About hockey's history in residential school systems and a child forcibly taken from his home and family in Northern Ontario. A story that all Canadians from the age of 12yrs up should read. Beautifully written by Wagamese who called himself a second-generation survivor of the government-sponsored school's, attended by his parents and extended family members.

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mclarjh
Jun 28, 2017

Ordinary writing, unlikable protagonist, dull story, better suited to young adults.

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sgcf
Mar 30, 2017

There are a number of Canadian stories being published now on the theme of the residential school system and this book is a worthy contribution to the growing consciousness. It’s about the atrocities perpetrated against the native children who were stolen from their families and violated physically, emotionally, and culturally. Wagamese develops the character of Saul with compassion and high realism and, ultimately, the story becomes one about all persecution, and the damage it leaves. Wagamese offers a perceptive understanding of those who are culturally outcast.

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SCL_AdultPicks
Jan 09, 2017

Read Jan 2017 for the library's afternoon book club and it was an overall favourite with comments like: a book to recommend, made me think, powerful, super impressed.

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vickiz
Mar 12, 2017

I understood then that when you miss a thing it leaves a hole that only the thing you miss can fill.

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becker
Feb 13, 2013

"When your innocence is stripped from you, when your people are denigrated, when the family you came from is denounced and your tribal ways and rituals are pronounced backward, primitive, savage, you come to see yourself as less than human. That is hell on earth, that sense of unworthiness. That's what they inflicted on us."

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becker
Feb 13, 2013

"We need mystery,...Creator in her wisdon knew this. Mystery fills us with awe and wonder. They are the foundations of humility, and humility, grandson, is the foundation of all learning."

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Aboriginals_Autochtones Jan 14, 2013

From D&M publishers: http://www.dmpibooks.com/book/indian-horse

"Saul Indian Horse has hit bottom. His last binge almost killed him, and now he’s a reluctant resident in a treatment centre for alcoholics, surrounded by people he’s sure will never understand him. But Saul wants peace, and he grudgingly comes to see that he’ll find it only through telling his story. With him, readers embark on a journey back through the life he’s led as a northern Ojibway, with all its joys and sorrows.

With compassion and insight, author Richard Wagamese traces through his fictional characters the decline of a culture and a cultural way. For Saul, taken forcibly from the land and his family when he’s sent to residential school, salvation comes for a while through his incredible gifts as a hockey player. But in the harsh realities of 1960s Canada, he battles obdurate racism and the spirit-destroying effects of cultural alienation and displacement."

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