Indian Horse

A Novel

Wagamese, Richard

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Indian Horse
Saul Indian Horse is in trouble, and there seems to be only one way out. As he journeys his way back through his life as a northern Ojibway, from the horrors of residential school to his triumphs on the hockey rink, he must question everything he knows.

Publisher: Vancouver, BC : Douglas & McIntyre, c2012
ISBN: 9781553654025
Branch Call Number: FICTION
Characteristics: 220 p. ; 22 cm


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Mar 05, 2015

This in an amazing read, pulls you in right from the fist page. But it does come with a warning - prepare to cry.

Feb 25, 2015
  • gingerbeer rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed reading this book; the author provides a gripping and intense fictional account of this dark chapter in Canadian history. I found the writing about addiction particularly good and quite interesting. The parts about hockey were a little lost on me, as I am not a hockey fan. I would recommend this to others.

Feb 06, 2015
  • modestgoddess rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Really so good - quick to read, very engaging, pulls you through and breaks your heart - then puts it back together again. Highly recommend.

Jan 13, 2015

What an excellent book, I couldn't put it down. I was swept up in his writing, completely absorbed in each of his sentences. So much to think about now - will get more of his books. Thank you, Richard.

Dec 30, 2014
  • nwspirit rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

WOW! What a beautifully written book. Thank you Canada Reads!

And, thank goodness our fabulous Whatcom County Library System (South Whatcom) had this book front and center as a Hot Picks.

Dec 16, 2014
  • lanachristine rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

After being in a book club for 8 years, I can honestly say this is the best book we have read so far.

Dec 07, 2014
  • mayfairlady rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Flawless storytelling - divine.

Nov 08, 2014
  • misswindsor rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is an excellent, well written, moving story. I loved it.

Oct 07, 2014

This author takes a grisly subject and weaves a tale of simple grace. A privilege to read.

Sep 19, 2014
  • becker rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Books that make an impact on you are few and far between but this book definitely hit the mark for me.I loved the writing, the imagery, the characters..absolutely everything about it.

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Jun 04, 2013

Set in northern Ontario in the 1960s, Indian Horse tells the story of Saul Indian Horse, an Ojibwa boy taken from his family and sent to a residential school where he experiences and witnesses horrible abuse. Saul's means of escape comes in the form of hockey. His incredible skills as a hockey player eventually get him out of the school, but racism and his troubled past threaten to take away all his joy and passion for the game.

Jan 14, 2013
  • Aboriginals_Autochtones rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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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Feb 13, 2013
  • becker rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"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
  • becker rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"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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Jan 14, 2013
  • Aboriginals_Autochtones rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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