Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese

Indian Horse

By Richard Wagamese

  • Release Date: 2012-01-27
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4.5
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Description

"An unforgettable work of art."—The National Post

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 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.

Indian Horse unfolds against the bleak loveliness of northern Ontario, all rock, marsh, bog and cedar. Wagamese writes with a spare beauty, penetrating the heart of a remarkable Ojibway man. Drawing on his great-grandfather's mystical gift of vision, Saul Indian Horse comes to recognize the influence of everyday magic on his own life. In this wise and moving novel, Richard Wagamese shares that gift of magic with readers as well.

Reviews

  • There are few important books

    5
    By napgabe
    ...but this is one.
  • Indian Horse - fantastic, suggested read.

    5
    By Asandre
    Incredibly succinct and powerful. Could not stop once I started.
  • Indian Horse

    5
    By Bronayne
    Beautifully detailed.
  • Fantastic

    5
    By Caitsad
    A beautifully written book; one that I was sad to finish. Somehow knowing where the story was going made no difference, it was the well-told journey that was captivating.
  • Beautiful! Excellent! Very moving.

    5
    By bothuman
    such a beautifully written work. I am so grateful to have read it.

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