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Saul Indian Horse is a child when his family retreats into the woods Among the lakes and the cedars, they attempt to reconnect with half forgotten traditions and hide from the authorities who have been kidnapping Ojibway youth But when winter approaches, Saul loses everything his brother, his parents, his beloved grandmother and then his home itself Alone in the world and placed in a horrific boarding school, Saul is surrounded by violence and cruelty At the urging of a priest, he finds a tentative salvation in hockey Rising at dawn to practice alone, Saul proves determined and gifted Yet as his victories mount, so do the indignities and the taunts, the racism and the hatred the harshness of a world that will never welcome him Spare and compact yet undeniably rich, Indian Horse is at once a heartbreaking account of a dark chapter in our history and a moving coming of age story Indian Horse distills much of what Wagamese has been writing about for his whole career into a clearer and sharper liquor, both bitter and moving than he has managed in the past He is such a master of empathy of delineating the experience of time passing, of lessons being learned, of tragedies being endured that what Saul discovers becomes something the reader learns, as well, shocking and alien, valuable and true

15 thoughts on “INDIAN HORSE

  1. Rozaway Rozaway says:

    I read this book, from cover to cover, over 2 days, two days before I coincidentally met the author, Richard Wagamese, who has since become a dear friend This book changed my life My partner is a survivor of the residential school system I knew little of his experience, until I read this book, and we were able to discuss the similarities to his experience, which deepened our love and understanding of each other It inspired me to be an even greater activist and fighter for First Nations rights, causes and issues This could stand as my most favourite book of all time Should be must read for secondary school students It speaks to the recommendations of the Truth and Reconcilliation recommendations of May 2015 A cherished tome, if ever there was one.

  2. Customer Customer says:

    Great book, this is a sad storey it s a guide to what the settler nations genocide against the first nations has brings a tear to my eyes,to think that we as a nation have not yet dealt with what our fore father s did in the name of the church., King and country.we use frases like in God we trust, but carry a sword in the other hand ,dealing death, illnesses the last 150 years we have learned nothing about treating our fellow beings with the respect they deserve.the sovereign nations they are.

  3. Paulina Paulina says:

    Since this was gifted to me three years ago, I ve purchased approx 10 copies sporadically as gifts This is a beautifully written, haunting in a good way book that unfolds subtly The imagery takes you there, into the natural and man made settings in which this story unfolds I felt the joy and cool bite of playing hockey on the makeshift ice rinks and the tranquility and majesty of nature in the opening scene And the horror of the residential school system My favourite book in university was Things Fall Apart Anna Karenina before that Now, in my four ties, it s Indian Horse It made me a huge fan of Wagamese.

  4. Vivien Fay Vivien Fay says:

    The message in this story is for us all So well written and moving History must never repeat itself This should be compulsory reading in every school Take the time to read this story and learn our terrible history.

  5. Gail P. Argatoff Gail P. Argatoff says:

    I want to say that I loved the book, but what I loved was the way the story unfolded It was compelling to read but yet again it tells a story of human s cruelty to one another The impact of residential schools and racism was well portrayed I am not a hockey fan, but came to appreciate that the game could serve as a form of temporary escape This is a very powerful book.

  6. susanna scott suchak susanna scott suchak says:

    I often find that fitting fiction into my reading time is difficult, but Saul Indian Horse is someone I know or rather a composite of many someones that I knowfriends, clients, ancestors It was originally purchased as a Christmas gift for my 14 year old grandson to help him to understand one of the ancestor paths he carries in his DNA, but I thought I d read it before I gave it to him Wow I couldn t put the book down Richard Wagamese has a well earned reputation as a story weaver, but this latest is a gem The story is skillfully woven and narrated by someone who is himself an excellent story teller who knows the timing, language and emotional weight of every single word If you want to delve into excellent fiction that will be as spell binding to your elders as your grandkids, here s the one to start with I only say this because I know that Richard will likely outdo himself with his next story.

  7. Colleen Hough Colleen Hough says:

    Indian Horse is the story of Saul Indian Horse, a young Ojibway boy whose life is thrown into turmoil at the loss of his family Forced into a Catholic Residential School, he endures the horrors of cruelty, abuse, neglect, and the stripping of his culture at the hands of the nuns and priests His only escape is through books and in the game of hockey.The book was well written and brought us through the many facets of Saul s life Numerous themes are presented, keeping the story well paced and dynamic It broadened my knowledge of the black years of the Canadian Residential School system that destroyed so many families and individuals Just another example of the abuses perpetrated by the Catholic Church.Saul is a broken soul, and yet we see in him a glimpse of hope and redemption, draw from his aboriginal culture and the strength and self awareness he developed as his life unfolded I would highly recommend the book.

  8. James James says:

    Heroic and tragic Inspiring and agonizing Filled with cruelty and love This story affirms that bigotry, hatred and contempt can live anywhere and that Canadians own a vast amount of it It also shows a small glimmer to suggest that love prevails, although it will never feel like winning Hopefully this book can create some awakening and understanding in those behind not me, not my generation We all own this.

  9. Customer Customer says:

    Richard Wagamese s novel, Indian Horse , is a compelling read The pacing of the story mirrored an exquisitely choreographed hockey practice He coaches the reader to witness the past, acknowledge its impact on the present, and sign up for the team There is room on the rink for all of us What a hopeful gift.

  10. Patricia DeWit Patricia DeWit says:

    I had no idea when I started this book that it would take me back to my hometown in northern Ontario I went o school with the Sauls and the Virgils, saw the parents, sometimes deep in liquor But I had no idea of what was going on I could not put this down and finished it in less than 24 hours It was that compelling.

  11. Marcy Marcy says:

    I enjoyed it Of course, like all stories that include First Nations children being abused in Residential Schools and that show the deep prejudice against these children, it is hard to read I am sharing it with a FN student this week He loves hockey, so he will enjoy the scenes with the main character learning this sport than I did.Thank you Richard Wagamese for a story I can share with my students

  12. Asia Asia says:

    Being from Northern Ontario, actually less than 100 km from where this story takes place, this novel really resonated with me I have grown up with aboriginal people, lived within close proximity to native reservations, and still it blows my mind and breaks my heart whenever I hear or read a story about what many of these people have gone through I think this book is a must read for all Canadians, would even say that it would make a great addition to the Canadian high school curriculum I think that it is important for all Canadians to be aware of our dark past, and understand how these events have altered the lives of Aboriginal people so that we can better empathize with the many difficulties that some still face today, rather than judge.

  13. Patricia Seeley Patricia Seeley says:

    I knew this would be an emotionally tough and challenging book to read, but what I didn t expect was to learn to appreciate hockey and the pure joy it offers to the talented player The ugliest forms of racism and white supremacy permeate the story but love is there too A powerful journey.

  14. Johanne Heald Johanne Heald says:

    This book creeps up on you, the story emerging slowly, then faster, then finally with the speed of a runaway train I knew the story would be sad, about the residential schools, but the exact details weren t revealed until the last pages, although some of it, the description of the Iron Lady for instance, were so harkening to the Spanish Inquisition it should have prepared me I loved the description of drinking down , as that was Saul s preferred way of escaping the pain, when hockey was no longer a joy to him I appreciated how straight forward this author s description was, and both the joy and the anger he made me feel for his character.

  15. Susan Mogan Susan Mogan says:

    The book was well written and the story was very compelling and visual I learned a great deal It opened my eyes to the tragedy of residential schools in a way that news reports or other media stories did not I found he end of the book sentimental which is why it received 4 stars rather than 5 Overall a good read and I would recommend if.