Indian Horse

Indian Horse

eBook - 2012
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"An unforgettable work of art."-The National PostSaul Indian Horse is dying. Tucked away in a hospice high above the clash and clang of a big city, he embarks on a marvellous 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 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 ha
Publisher: Vancouver : Douglas & McIntyre, 2012
ISBN: 9781553659709
Branch Call Number: e-book
Alternative Title: Library2Go


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Indian Horse was a Canada Reads contender for 2013 and won the People’s Choice award. A heart wrenching, beautifully crafted story of an Ojibway man faced with death if he cannot stop drinking and face his past. A harsh look at the brutalities of residential schools, set against the background of... Read More »

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Jan 05, 2020

Excellent book

Dec 29, 2019

I love Richard Wagamese, and this book was no disappointment. A story of a young boy in residential schools, who turns to hockey.

Sep 20, 2019

This book was a different look into the residential schools in Canada then I have ever read. Using hockey which the narrator comes to love his life comes into focus. This story although heart breaking leaves you with a wonderful feeling of hope. For me the novel is another one that I can story as giving me a glimpse into a world my grandmother shielded me from. It was a story I will never forget. This really is a must read.

Aug 27, 2019

Great book, especially for those that enjoy the game of hockey. However, you don't have to like hockey to like this book. Follows Saul's journey of trying to find peace.

Aug 15, 2019

This book enveloped me in the story, the boy & his becoming a young man, his Native natural culture & the environments, particularly the outdoors. I was eager to get back to it each day.

Apr 07, 2019

This book was very interesting, as it explained much about the residential schools. I really enjoyed the story, even though I'm not much interested in hockey, but it was a theme throughout & it was a well-written story. Mr. Wagameese was a very good writer & will be missed.

JessicaGma Mar 27, 2019

It is a beautiful and sad story that makes the residential school experience come alive.

Jan 07, 2019

Well worth it. Deeply touching, sad and yet completely believable. If any hockey players/coaches/fans need a book that touches on the theme of reconciliation with our indigenous people this would be it.

Dec 03, 2018

Just finished reading this for the second time. It really gets into the mind of Sam Indian Horse and how he felt treated by the "whites". Since I have 3 family members who have played hockey, I enjoyed the description of the games he played, how he felt on the ice and the team spirit he enjoyed. Great book for boys ages 12 and up especially if they are interested in hockey and can get past the first 10 very short chapters.

Indian Horse, by Richard Wagamese is a beautiful, captivating story of a broken Ojibway man, Saul Indian Horse. He faces the atrocities he endured at residential school as well as the racism and abuse he experienced as he tried to build a life in Northern Ontario in the 1960s. The story starts as Saul has entered an alcohol treatment centre as a grown man and is forced to face his past in order to move forward.

The portrayal of the sexual, cultural and physical abuse the Canadian residential school system inflicted on Saul is hard to read but with it comes understanding. Through the heartbreaking story, starting with Saul’s early life with his family living a traditional life in the Northern Ontario bush until being captured and taken to residential school, Saul perseveres and finds hope when he is introduced to hockey and discovers his passion and exceptional talent.

This 2013 Canada Reads nominee story is an important story about courage and healing and I would highly recommend this book to anyone from teens onward. (Submitted by Michelle).

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Mar 12, 2017

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

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."

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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Dec 25, 2019

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Aboriginals_Autochtones Jan 14, 2013

From D&M publishers:

"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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