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 is not my job to interject. He even showed us how hosre was marked with braided ties. This book doesn’t have anything to do with India does it?

I begin this book with both eagerness and trepidation. There’s both a positive and negative to not having such topics taught in grade school, but I don’t think Canadian youth should wait until college or university to find out about the effects of colonialism on our country’s native people.

For me, I will take some lessons from the Kelly family, whom Saul visits when he leaves the treatment centre and, in the meantime, I’ll just shut up and listen. Yet when I recall my father’s absolute forbiddance of the “get-rich-quick” plan hatched by my brother and I to harvest and sell wild rice to American and Manitoba tourists at a profit far greater, we figured, than the 25 cents per dozen we pocketed selling them minnows – He told us that the rice belonged to the Indians.

And I felt guilty for being uplifted by the hope that success in hockey was going to save him. And I was not the only one. We sprang forth intact, with Aki’s heartbeat thrumming in our ears, prepared to become her stewards and protectors.

May 29, Tina rated it it was amazing. 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. So I was surprised when half the novel was suddenly a sportsing hockey novel, almost like the author got bored. It is this human level on which Richard Wagamese focuses in “Indian Horse,” a sad and moving novel that conveys both dreams and distress in a clear, straight story of hockey hopes, sexual abuse and family dispossession.


The world is pretty small when you are a child, no matter how much ground you might cover.

Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese

This way I could filter some of the language and discuss the sexual abuse in an …more I read this book with Gr. And I know full well just by following current Canadian news that in some cases, the state of affairs has not gotten any better for our native people.

The casual descriptions of sexual, physical and emotional abuse are devastating. I I wanted to love this more than I did. Ricuard know Saul Indian Horse intimately already because he has seen, tasted, heard, smelled, touched, trod upon and breathed the very country that flows as life’s blood through me.

Book Review: Indian Horse, by Richard Wagamese

Dec 13, Libby rated it it was amazing Shelves: Nidian StarFebruary 15, Although this narrative framework made the book very readable, it also provided some of my frustration with the book.

So I was eager to read Indian Horse. You will root for him to find his way home. How can people treat others horribly and use religion as a right to do so? But I can’t go to a book signing and not They should teach this book in schools.

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Overall the book is more telling than showing. I still want to read more by this author; perhaps someone can recommend another title more? Surely, Saul will never be “Saul Aboriginal Horse”. The slow reveal of sexual abuse felt added in for the wrong reasons and didn’t seem to fit. I was totally absorbed by the story of an Ojibway family trying to keep their children safe from the Canadian government who was removing first Nations children from their families!


Wagamese tells the story of Saul Indian Horse, from happy Ojibway boy in Canada’s bush, to bitter urban man who is flotsam in the wreckage created by white oppression, residential school brutality and hypocritical Canadian society.

Views Read Edit View history. He comes to realize that his love and dedication for hockey was really a coping mechanism, a desperate means to escape the horror, guilt, and shame of his sexual abuse. The epiphany and vision he finds in hockey, is the epiphany and vision he finds for his own life. However, the skill with which he tackles this subject has reached new heights. Even the good Father Leboutilier?

Saul seems to have the same question. And you just want to take those children home and love them yourself, indisn you know that is not the answer.

That was horss border my generation crossed, and we pine for a return that has never come to be. It seemed to me even at such a young age, that these children were being picked on. This book deals with one of these excluded histories, the very true history of residential schools in Canada.

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I wanted to play with the children that I imagined attended the school. 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.

This wavamese was incredibly easy to read but dealt with incredibly difficult topics. Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese – 5 stars. The book originally came out in Canada in