Indian Horse

Category: Book
By (author): Wagamese, Richard
Subject:  FICTION / Canadian
  FICTION / Literary
  FICTION / Media Tie-In
  FICTION / Native American & Aboriginal
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: Douglas and McIntyre (2013) Ltd.
Published: May 2018
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 232
Size: 8.00in x 5.00in
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$ 21.95
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From The Publisher*

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. 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.

From The Publisher*

A special edition of Richard Wagamese's award-winning novel in celebration of the upcoming motion picture release.

Review Quote*"...The hockey chapters are compelling; they evoke Sherman Alexie's fiction that examines contemporary life on American Indian reservations through the lens of basketball. But it is as a story of reconciliation that this novel reveals Wagamese's masterful subtly...In a single image, Wagamese complicates in blinding ways the entire narrative; in a single page, Indian Horse deepens from an enjoyable read to a gripping critique of Canada."
Review Quote*"This book is so many things; it is a mystical tale; it is an ode to the good old hockey game and its power to lift players above their situations; it is a story of a system that fails and fails its children in horrifying ways; it is a story of healing...This is ultimately a hopeful and beautiful book and I recommend it heartily."
Review Quote*"Wagamese's compelling novel harnesses two quintessentially Canadian themes, hockey and colonialism, to create an exhilarating and heart-breaking story. Indian Horse reads like 'powerful medicine, allowing vital teachings to be shared.'"
Review Quote*Evaluated and Approved
Review Quote*" watch Richard Wagamese come home in this novel is to watch a phoenix climb. This man and this book are a part of the landscape."
Review Quote*"Richard Wagamese is a born storyteller."
Review Quote*"Wagamese writes with brutal clarity... [and] finds alleviating balance through magical legend."
Review Quote*"Wagamese is capable of true grace on the page."