Indian HorseBook - 2012
From Library Staff
forbesrachel Jan 25, 2018
Fiction/Historical. Award winner. Adapted in to movie. Talking points: cultural genocide, tradition vs. modernity, transcending tragedy, racism, the symbol of the horse, the history of the Ojibway people in Canada.
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 throu... Read More »
smc01 May 13, 2013
This is the best book I have read in some time. Wagamese is so eloquent - there is not one wasted word in this book. His descriptions of the game of hockey are simply amazing. His descriptions of life in the Indian residential schools are spare, honest and heartbreaking without being overdone.... Read More »
From the critics
QuotesAdd a Quote
I understood then that when you miss a thing it leaves a hole that only the thing you miss can fill.
"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."
Age SuitabilityAdd Age Suitability
SummaryAdd a Summary
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."
There are no notices for this title yet.