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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Surely, Saul will never be “Saul Aboriginal Horse”.

I, little white girl, would have been 7. Sometimes I represent parents whose children have been seized by CFS. I still want to read more by this author; perhaps someone can recommend another title more?

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It is Saul’s job to tell his story and my job to shut up and listen. 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. All, in all, however Rihard found this book to be highly readable and I really did enjoy Wagamese’s exploration of these two aspects of Canada’s history.

And you just want to take those children home and love them yourself, but you know that is not the answer. Lives and breathes it. Mar 19, Laura rated it it was amazing Shelves: If I was one white face among a few or many, I wanted the story tellers to know that someone wagamdse listening, that their stories were being heard.


The novel tichard with Saul as a recovering alcoholic and resident at The New Dawn Center, a treatment center for alcohol addiction. Mystery fills us with awe and wonder.

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This is his story, and it represents I believe the story of many such young Indian children. The tone is understated and subdued. April 7, I finished reading this book on April 4th, 3 days ago, and have struggled to put my thoughts down here since then. Saul though, has a talent: And the hockey – I’m not really much of a sports person, but that hockey read like what it feels horss to run.

How can people treat others horribly and use religion as a right to do so? Is this appropriate for eighth graders? Want to Read saving…. He lands, inevitably, at St. I don’t know why.

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It was a red brick building built on a rise of land, set back from the road, with a backdrop of thick lush-green brush and tall evergreens reaching into the sky. Hockey will be Saul’s escape from St. Saul’s story begins with his childhood in northwestern Ontario where he lived a traditional way of life hunting and fishing with his parents, grandma Naomi and older brother Ben.

The thrill of it lifts people out of their seats. The novel centres on Saul Indian Horse, a First Nations boy who survives the Indian residential school system and grows up to become a star ice hockey player.

Jun 23, Michael rated it really liked it Recommended to Michael by: I highly recommend this book to anyone living in a country where indigenous people were and are not treated well by the immigrants who changed their way of life.


Preview — Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese. IN my opinion, crimes of this magnitude require nothing short of what Germany has done to take responsibility for the suffering it unleashed upon Jews during the Nazi regime — a policy of education, public monuments, richsrd compensation, museums.

One universe coexists in tandem with the other. And authors are often visionaries, our canaries in the coal mine, our scouts. The author doesn’t shy away in his descriptions of the harsh reality of living conditions or the way these children were treated, and we see it all through Saul’s eyes. Every Canadian needs to be informed about what happened.

Quotes from Indian Horse. I really enjoyed the unique perspective of reading about the residential school survival experience couched in the narrative of a boy who has a passion for hockey.

In this way Wagamese crafts an unforgettable work of art. As if to say I need not consider my role in this history any further because Saul – and those like him – have the sole responsibility themselves to heal. Subject to racist taunts by teams and audiences alike, Saul experiences racism in all its virulent forms.