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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It includes the death by a thousands cuts by a bullying hlrse society that can reduce the most talented and industrious to a life of waste and despair. The young priest introduces the students to hockey. Apr 07, Esil rated it really liked it. A novel is not just a moment in time but a lifetime. Where the narrative offers deviation from this prepared plot is in its exploration of the pervasiveness of abuse and the exploding of an idea of abuse as a crime committed by one person against one other.
Once again I am romanced by young Saul as he learns the great Canadian game – socks on the linoleum, turds in the snow, wrist shots and crossovers and the “mystery of the ice”. The slow reveal of sexual abuse felt added in for the wrong reasons and didn’t seem to fit. I would ask my parents questions about this school each and every time we passed it. There was a point in this novel where I was so devastated that I cursed incian author, “Damn it Wagamese, you’ve betrayed me.
I have been paying attention. Richard Wagamese has written a compelling novel that penetrates into the heart of the cultural alienation, displacement, and implacable racism experienced by the indigenous people of Canada.
In richsrd to these horrors, the children are routinely subjected to night time sexual assaults by nuns and priests who either get into bed with a child or remove the child to another room to perpetrate atrocities.
I wanted to attend the Indian Residential School that my family drove past many, many times on the way to visit my great jndian in the old folks home in Kenora. Nov 29, Chinook rated it it was amazing Shelves: When I read Sapphire’s Push and The KidI was shocked and disturbed by the unrelenting abuse that the main characters suffered at the hands of various individuals and society at large, and had to keep reminding myself that these were works of fiction, and if the author wanted to push my tolerance, that’s her prerogative, but it was also my prerogative to reject the storyline when it went too far.
I felt at times it was too much of a morality tale without recourse to how or why nuns and priests could do what they did. Books by Richard Wagamese. Special to National Post. He always makes me feel like I am right there in the middle of the story. I would have preferred Dave Keon but, hey, Infian accept.
English literary and aboriginal oral.
Honouring Richard Wagamese
English literary and aboriginal oral. Jul 19, Mary rated it it was amazing. I’m a young, white, born-and-raised Canadian adult who has easily gone through life without knowing the details behind the mythical “Residential Schools” you so horae hear whispered about by college professors, or on late night community radio broadcasts.
I I wanted to love this more than I did. A professional writer sincehe was a newspaper columnist and reporter, radio and television broadcaster and producer, documentary producer and the author of fourteen titles from various Canadian publishers.
Kayla Fraser I read this book with Gr. 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. While it never forgets that there is beauty in the world, it is also in many parts very dark, as it speaks of a gut-wrenchingly hard life. It depends on what you think of as a happy ending as to whether this book has one, but it’s an honest portrayal of Canada’s history that so clearly details the harm that has come to Indigenous communities.
We had not yet stepped beyond the influence of our legends. Every Canadian needs to be informed about what happened. It is very sad but this part of history is true and the story needs to be told. That is hell on earth, that sense of unworthiness.
Book — Indian Horse Feature Film
What a sickening notion, that while we in Canada take great pride in being the freedom idian of the Underground Railroad, we were also rounding up all of the Native children, tearing them from their families, and placing them in institutions where they could have their culture, language and traditions literally beaten out of them.
My enchantment, though real, wagaemse way to sadness though even as I begin trusting Saul, he describes how his parents, his mother in particular, was lost to him even before they abandoned him. Written in the first person by an author who is clearly in command of his craft, Saul is a totally engaging character but also a symbol.
Saul develops a passion for the game hores an uncanny, almost preternatural gift. They can see our world for what it is and where it is going and warn us and guide us. It came with a high price, one we really don’t understand until later in the book. In fact I wrote a lot more, about the respect my own father taught me for nature and for other people and the “Indian” way of life; about my little Indian friend with whom I played on his richare and that despite all of the racism that did exist back in the 60s, there was also kindness, humanity, and inian among the white and aboriginal people that I indiah and, what the hell, I blathered on about my entire family’s love of hockey too.
Wagamese certainly touches all the bases. The emotional impact of this book hits you hard, from the family that was stolen from him by despair and snow, to the horror of the residential school and then to the stain of racism. And I felt guilty for being uplifted by the hope that success in hockey was going to save him. Father Gaston Leboutilier gives Saul books about hockey, where he learns about the heroes of the sport.
Saul emerges as a believable, wagwmese character, struggling to come to terms with his traumatic past.
Honouring Richard Wagamese — Indian Horse Feature Film
I deleted most of it because I know anyone reading this is not really interested and it seemed like all too much self aggrandizement. Home – where memories are held, things kept, the sum of us. Wagamese that our eyes will be opened to the reality of the cultural devastation that has occurred to literally generations of Aboriginal families.