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Indian Horse

A Novel
Wagamese, Richard (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Indian Horse


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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.
Authors: Wagamese, Richard
Title: Indian Horse
a novel
Publisher: Vancouver, BC :, Douglas & McIntyre,, c2012
Characteristics: 220 p. ;,22 cm
Summary: 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.
ISBN: 9781553654025
1553654021
Branch Call Number: FICTION
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Report This Jan 16, 2014
  • wiredonjava rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Saul is a gentle soul turned bitter as he is abused by corrupt system. He is a survivor who finds redemption during a painful process. Excellent writing style. Empathy for character came easily. Even the hockey games described were enjoyable moments.

Touching and sad story that sheds light on the issues natives face. The struggles the main character goes through are heart breaking, but his perseverance and strength come through in the end. This story is a reminder that everyone has demons they have to battle or come to terms with. ps..I agree on the hockey comment.

Report This Nov 29, 2013
  • ITC rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Loved the book, easy to read and Richard Wagamese gives the reader of the glimpse about what the First Nations people have gone through. ser_library stated that it was too much hockey for his/her taste. You miss the point. Saul loved the game so much and was an excellent player, but he paid a heavy price for the love of the game. I would go into detail for that would spoil the plot. The author could not skim over the game of hockey. It would have had less impact.

Report This Oct 27, 2013
  • ser_library rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

too much hockey for my taste

Report This Oct 25, 2013
  • codylove rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

excellent

Report This Oct 11, 2013
  • Aboriginals_Autochtones rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Awards won: 2013 Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature 2013-2014 First Nation Communities Read

Report This Jun 06, 2013
  • WVMLStaffPicks rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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 Indian 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 a young boy’s dream to play hockey. A powerful testament to the spirit of forgiveness and a profound reminder of a dark period in Canadian history.

Report This Jun 06, 2013
  • donnabell rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Canada reads winner- wonderful, moving, enlightening, heartfelt story of Can Ojibway man's life born in 1950. From Ont to BC.

Report This May 13, 2013
  • smc01 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is the best book I have read in some time. Wagamese is so eloquent - there is not one wasted word in this book. His descriptions of the game of hockey are simply amazing. His descriptions of life in the Indian residential schools are spare, honest and heartbreaking without being overdone. I feel richer for having read this book.

Report This Apr 13, 2013
  • misswindsor rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

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

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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.

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

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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Report This 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."

Report This 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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A very interesting a moving talk by Richard Wagamese about his novel, Indian Horse.

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  • becker rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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