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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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This novel has opened my eyes to the horrible atrocities committed behind closed doors. Wavamese see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Open Preview See a Problem? This way I could filter some of the language and discuss the sexual abuse in an …more I read this book with Gr.

The writing is clean and simple, it reads very quickly, and tells a tale both heartbreaking and uplifting. He seamlessly braids together his two traditions: A nun viciously beats a boy who refuses to deny his father.

I begin this book with both eagerness and trepidation. If not physically to his or her own person, then psychologically, emotionally, constantly, in the witnessing of torture and humiliation of classmates; fichard the night after night fear of being next, hearing the tell-tale rustling in the dark; seeing your classmates succumb, never being the same; having them disappear or kill themselves.

Renata Nasibullina That’s about first Canadian nation. 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. It’s something that’s either not taught or barely taught in schools and is largely stepped over in the telling of Canadian history, but is something that tortured thousands of wagaemse and continues to affect thousands of lives.

It was very well written, very straight forward, and in the end made me cry. Eventually, he moves in with a family in Manitouwadge, so he can play in the native tournaments.

Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese deals with a subject that is nuclear, that is close to my sympathy and interest, and yet the final result was something less than memorable, something more akin to a whimper than a bang. You may well have an idea that there is a bigger world out there but it is defined by how your family sees it and for Saul’s family the bigger world, the non-Indian world, is a place to be feared.


The tragedy that is borne by children who are in proximity to adults who think this way is reprehensible.

Book Review: Indian Horse, by Richard Wagamese

Blood brothers, Joshua a native who has lost touch with his aboriginal roots, Johnny a white boy who wants nothing more than to be an Indian warrior, grow up — together, and then apart.

But I highly recommend this to everyone! I did wagamsse the day after everyone had cleared out though. 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.

For a time I rest in the grace of the world, and am free. The hlrse of me had done enough already. Want to Read saving…. Pull up your socks and do something for yourself. It is so hard to understand how such policies could have been implemented and continued in a humane country.

His narrative includes respect for traditional Ojibway practice and wqgamese. The reviews on Goodreads for this book are some of the most thoughtful I have seen for any book – and that is testament to how incredibly worthy this book is. Feb 11, Harry Maier rated it it was amazing. A found cigarette package changes the fortune of this struggling set. I found this to be refreshing and unique and an excellent why to emphasize that these victims were children wahamese had their own dreams.

Retrieved from ” https: What did I know, I was seven. The family hopes living far outside town will keep the boys from residential school. March 9, Jerome’s Indian Residential School, where he was taken after his grandma died trying to save him from that very fate, I know that this is all true but the extent of inxian truth is overwhelming. See all 10 questions about Indian Horse….


The author creates a memorable character wagamdse Saul Indian Horse. Father Gaston Leboutilier gives Saul books about hockey, where he learns about the heroes of the sport.

Honouring Richard Wagamese — Indian Horse Feature Film

Four chronically homeless people seek refuge in a warm movie theatre when a severe Arctic Front descends on the city.

April 7, I finished reading this book on April 4th, 3 days ago, and have richardd to put my thoughts down here since then. Although surely these two women would have had something to say. Just finished Richard Wagamese’s beautiful novel, Indian Horse.

Honouring Richard Wagamese

I was totally absorbed by the story of an Ojibway family trying to keep their children safe from the Canadian government who was removing first Nations children from their families!

That was a border my generation crossed, and we pine for a return that has never come to be. I have, since the Truth and Reconciliation hearings in Winnipeg a couple of years ago, tried to match the school of my memories with the photos that have been gathered.

That Wagmese is the gifted hero and cannot make his way richagd this bigoted white world – in the metaphorical Canada – compounds and amplifies the injustice because if the white population can see no worth in the hero than what expectations should the ordinary carry? richzrd

It also helps students become aware of the direct and generational effects of residential schools in Canada. Believe that is the definition of insanity. I was convinced not to go by my parents who wondered just what on earth I had to offer and suggested I owed it to my own then 2 year old child not to go and get shot.

In novels such as Richagd Wheels and a memoir For Joshua: