Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese

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Wagamese excels at this most important task of the novelist, which is to detail the “how” of something...
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Winner of the Canada Reads People's Choice award and the First Nations Communities Reads program and short-listed for the International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award.

A Globe and Mail top 100 book of 2012

Saul 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 harsh realities of 1960s Canada, he battles obdurate racism and the spirit-destroying effects of cultural alienation and displacement.

Indian Horse unfolds against the bleak loveliness of northern Ontario, all rock, marsh, bog and cedar. Wagamese writes with a spare beauty, penetrating the heart of a remarkable Ojibway man. Evaluated and Approved by ERAC

 

About Richard Wagamese

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Richard Wagamese is one of Canada's foremost Native authors and journalists. In a career spanning thirty-two years, he has worked in newspapers, radio, television and publishing, and has won numerous awards for his work. Awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Thompson Rivers University in 2010, he lives outside of Kamloops, British Columbia, with his wife and Molly the Story Dog.
 
Published February 1, 2012 by Douglas & McIntyre. 188 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Globe and Mail

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Reviewed by Jane Smiley on Feb 17 2012

Wagamese excels at this most important task of the novelist, which is to detail the “how” of something...

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Excellent
Reviewed by Donna Bailey Nurse on Mar 09 2012

In addition to individual words and phrases, he weaves in Ojibway legends. In this way Wagamese crafts an unforgettable work of art.

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Reviewed by Donna Bailey Nurse on Mar 09 2012

In addition to individual words and phrases, he weaves in Ojibway legends. In this way Wagamese crafts an unforgettable work of art.

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