At the beginning of this haunting and masterful novel from the late Wagamese ( –), eight-year-old Saul Indian Horse is alone, having. Saul Indian Horse is in critical condition. Sitting feeble in an alcoholism treatment facility, he is told that sharing his story will help relieve his agony. Though. Indian Horse, a severe yet beautiful novel by Ojibway writer Richard Wagamese, concerns Saul Indian Horse, a former hockey star undergoing.

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See all 10 questions about Indian Horse…. The number of residential schools reached 80 in but decreased in the years that followed. I wanted to play on those swings.

And that is because I think that most people, iindian folks anyway, will come to this work of fiction in much the same way as I did.

I do not remember any talk of the effect of uorse schools at that time. Five decades have passed since then and I’m not sure now how much of my memories are based in reality or are imagined. And what about the horrors perpetrated in the name of religion.

This book accompanied me through a sleepless night. His descriptions about nature and the outdoors are particularly outstanding.

Dec 19, Steven Langdon rated it it was amazing Shelves: And all of this told in a highly readable and compelling manner. I wanted to go there. The author also does an amazing job of describing relationships.


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This part of the story is outstanding, very moving and lyrical the way he was empowered indiam fly and excel. The likes of me had done enough already. But it did not happen to me. We get a window into his life with his loving Ojibwe family as a boy, immersed in their connections with nature, cultural traditions, and spirituality.

Hockey will be Saul’s escape from St.

And integration, especially through forced attendance at a Residential School, isn’t a preferred solution. So I didn’t go.

Book Review: Indian Horse, by Richard Wagamese

Quotes from Indian Horse. The family hopes living far outside town will keep the boys from residential school.

When I said that I wished I could go to school there, my mother said that no, I would not like it there, that the Tichard children did not get to go home after school every day or for lunch, that they didn’t even get to go wagmese on weekends; that they lived there away from their families. He was a newspaper columnist and reporter, radio and television broadcaster and producer, documentary producer and the author of twelve titles from major Canadian publishers.

And so I read. You may well have an idea that there is a bigger world out there but it is defined by how your family sees it and for Saul’s family the bigger world, the non-Indian world, is a place to be feared.


Many years later, when Johnny occupies a federal building with a dozen hostages, heavily armed and war-painted, he summons Wqgamese — now the Reverend Joshua Kane — to negotiate on his behalf, and each finally fully realizes the native spirit in the other.

This revelation comes as a shock to the reader since Saul gives no prior indication of being a victim of child sexual assault.

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As a child Saul finds himself without his family and in the depths of a residential school. From his childhood with his native family, to an abusive children’s home, to his escape on a hockey rink, to a self-imposed isolation, this is Saul’s life.

Blood brothers, Joshua a native who has lost touch with his aboriginal roots, Johnny a white boy who wants nothing more than to be an Indian warrior, grow up — together, and then apart. Special to National Post. But in the harsh realities of s Canada, he battles obdurate racism and the spirit-destroying effects of cultural alienation and displacement. So audible is Saul’s voice, that I heard him stop speaking whenever I closed the book I couldn’t stop reading this book until I’d torn through every last page.