Indian Horse

Indian Horse

eBook - 2012
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"An unforgettable work of art."--The National PostSaul 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 ha.
Publisher: Vancouver : Douglas & McIntyre, 2012.
ISBN: 9781553659709
1553659708
Characteristics: 1 online resource.

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llgregg
Sep 07, 2018

I was moved to read this book by comments on the contents, and I was well rewarded. Mr. Wagamese does, truly, write exquisitely. He brings to life the story of particular and generational abuse perpetrated by staff of the schools on native children who were forced to attend in white hopes of destroying the children's "inherent evil" and turning them into proper servants for the white society that took for their own personal use everything the Indians had had for millennia .

The story unfolds gradually, and one is taken into the story viscerally by the extreme care Mr. Wagamese takes to make everything real without being sordid. The recent disclosure of the Catholic church clergy's generational abuse of children in Pennsylvania and its tacit acceptance and cover up by the structure of the church bring fresh power to this story of Saul Indian Horse and his redemptive journey. It brought tears and a sense of renewal of the spirit to me.

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bronteside
Jun 07, 2018

Richard Wagamese writes exquisitely about
a life bereft of tenderness and caring.
A survivor of residential schools-
a target of prejudice on the ice and on the job-
The protagonist soars and stumbles through it all.
Reading this, you can hear a pin drop.

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INVS
May 27, 2018

Small print only?

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jg2018
Apr 11, 2018

This book is awesome!!!! I really recommend reading Indian horse.

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mayguess
Mar 29, 2018

This place the history and context of the residential school into focus.
Strong and beautiful writing.

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cnewson
Feb 27, 2018

A beautiful, sad, and heartbreaking story. About hockey's history in residential school systems and a child forcibly taken from his home and family in Northern Ontario. A story that all Canadians from the age of 12yrs up should read. Beautifully written by Wagamese who called himself a second-generation survivor of the government-sponsored school's, attended by his parents and extended family members.

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mclarjh
Jun 28, 2017

Ordinary writing, unlikable protagonist, dull story, better suited to young adults.

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sgcf
Mar 30, 2017

There are a number of Canadian stories being published now on the theme of the residential school system and this book is a worthy contribution to the growing consciousness. It’s about the atrocities perpetrated against the native children who were stolen from their families and violated physically, emotionally, and culturally. Wagamese develops the character of Saul with compassion and high realism and, ultimately, the story becomes one about all persecution, and the damage it leaves. Wagamese offers a perceptive understanding of those who are culturally outcast.

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SCL_AdultPicks
Jan 09, 2017

Read Jan 2017 for the library's afternoon book club and it was an overall favourite with comments like: a book to recommend, made me think, powerful, super impressed.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Dec 04, 2016

This touching story is written by Richard Wagamese and is slightly based on the struggles of his grandfather who lived in an Indigenous residential school. The effects of the school can be seen up to the present day in the life of Richard, however, the book tells a story that not everyone may expect. I appreciate that the book was very easy to read but didn’t feel like something of lower value. Richard is an incredible storyteller and does a great job at addressing serious issues that Indigenous people have faced and continue to face. I would rate this book 4.5/5 stars and recommend it to those seeking to learn more about Canadian history and Indigenous culture. @The_Reviewer of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

The Indian horse novel was nicely written and had a collection of information about residential schools. The author, Richard Wagamese has brought out a great message about Indians in residential schools. I very much enjoyed reading this book, it was very heartwarming and how the characters had great personalities. One part of the book I enjoyed and was interested in was when the main character, Saul Indian Horse, joined the team “Moose” and played in many tournaments. I felt so happy for him because he has always wanted to be on a hockey team and the NHL team. Richard Wagamese’s Indian Horse brings me face to face with the deplorable injustices that have taken place in our country. The narrative spins in northern Ontario around the life of an Ojibway man named Saul, who, one by one, reveals the horrors of the residential school system and depths of racial discrimination. This book is a very powerful and heartbreaking story that offers a tragic glimpse into one of the darkest times in Canadian history. Overall, Indian Horse represents the collective suffering of indigenous people in Canada and their attempts to move on in life.
Richard Wagamese was a success in writing this book to show what the kids in residential schools had to face. The author had stated that children would commit suicide, get hurt, or even die because of what things they had to do at the schools. A few of the kids would commit suicide because of depression like when they would get raped or when they were punished for speaking their own language.
- @YoumnaLovesBooks of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Indian Horse is a powerful and heartbreaking story that offers a tragic glimpse into one of the darkest times in Canadian history. Saul Indian Horse is taken away from his family and sent to an Indian Residential School where Aboriginal children are stripped of their culture and language, and are assimilated to Western culture. Once at the school, Saul finds refuge in the game of hockey which he is extremely talented at. Although this story is fictional, the message and events are very real. It is crucial that everyone educates themselves on this unsettling but rather important subject.
- @reginaphalange of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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vickiz
Mar 12, 2017

I understood then that when you miss a thing it leaves a hole that only the thing you miss can fill.

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becker
Feb 13, 2013

"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."

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becker
Feb 13, 2013

"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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Aboriginals_Autochtones Jan 14, 2013

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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