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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Saul Indian Horse is dying. I’ve heard it said that this is the book to beat and I see that.

Richard Wagamese wrote beautifully! Written in the first person by an author who is clearly in command of his craft, Saul is a totally engaging character but also wgaamese symbol. Knowing it was my game. That is hell on earth, that sense of unworthiness. But I highly recommend this to everyone!

This wgaamese a heartbreaking and tragic story told beautifully by Richard Wagamese. Lives and breathes it. Hockey will be Saul’s escape from St. Wagamese that our eyes will be opened to the reality of the cultural devastation that has occurred to literally generations of Aboriginal families. From the opening pages of Saul in a rehab facility, this reader can predict the trajectory of the plot. Sometimes I represent parents whose children have been seized by CFS.

Racism is rampant, abuse out of control. Everyone knows a bad reno rochard. How did this child end up with “Indian” in his own name. Indian Horse tells the story of residential Richard Wagamese is a wonderful author. The description of the game is breathtaking. Feb 11, Harry Maier rated it it was amazing. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. But Saul, try as he might, cannot escape the sordid past that consumes him, and as time goes on he is less able to stave off the negative feelings with his beloved game.


This way I could filter some of the language and discuss the sexual abuse in an authentic way. Archived from the original on March 28, Like Joseph Boyden’s Three Day Road, or Thomas King’s The Inconvenient Indian, Indian Horse in it’s own unique voice is a must read indina anyone wanting to understand the depth and resilience of Indigenous spiritual culture and Aboriginal agony in our day. View all 6 comments. Benjamin and I sat in the middle of one of the large canoes with our grandmother in the stern, directing us past shoals and through rapids and into magnificent stretches of water.

A nun viciously beats a boy who refuses to hose his father. This novel richhard opened my eyes to the horrible atrocities committed behind closed doors. They were horae getting strapped for speaking their native language or having messy desks or whatever.

Thrown together by terrible circumstance, it appears Aiden and Joe Willie have more in common than their childhoods would suggest. It is even more heartbreaking than I could have imagined. Buy it, read it. It recounts the courageous effort of the human will to ricyard adversity. Having lost his all family, a terrified eight-year-old Saul is captured and taken to St.

Richard Wagamese was one of Canada’s foremost Native authors and storytellers. Aug 13, Lorina Stephens rated it it was amazing. He is asked to tell his story because, according to his social workers, you can’t understand where you’re going if you don’t understand where you’ve been. Indian Horse is a heart-breaking and heart-warming story about growing up, racism, community residential schools, survival and hockey.

Saul’s talents do allow him to escape into the pure joy of playing and, as he gets older and better, away from the school.


Honouring Richard Wagamese

As Father tells the tale, the Son, and the reader, live for the stories, in the hope that they will shed light on the mysteries of a tortured past. His narrative includes respect for traditional Ojibway practice and values.

It also helps students become aware of the direct and generational effects of residential schools in Canada. I wanted to play with the children hoese I imagined attended the school. But it all goes terribly wrong, because as Wavamese gets better and better and progresses through the ranks of hockey, so too does he get deeper and deeper into that outside racist world.

May 03, Sam – Spines in a Line rated it really liked it. I was moved to tears by the very first page as a result of Wagamese’s ability to instill feelings of nostalgia for a time I never lived.

I feel the need to listen to the stories of those who have had their land, culture, spirit and hope taken away. This book belongs to the annual Canada Reads debate http: I realize it does not matter if it is or View all 13 comments.

Honouring Richard Wagamese — Indian Horse Feature Film

Mesmerizing as it was, I had to make myself to finish the book without putting it down, because I knew that if I didn’t push all the way through its darkness to the end, I would have difficulty going back to it, it made me so sad and angry.

So I didn’t go.

So audible is Saul’s voice, that I heard him stop speaking whenever I closed the book