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Indian Horse
Indian Horse | Richard Wagamese
Winner of the Canada Reads People's Choice award and the First Nations Communities Reads program and short-listed for the International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award. A Globe and Mail top 100 book of 2012 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. Evaluated and Approved by ERAC
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lovelybookshelf
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This is about trauma and the long road of healing. It's not a fast read, despite its page count (about 220 pages). The narrative is rich, intense, and because it deals with racism and Canada's residential schools, often brutal. This is the kind of book you read slowly, sitting with what's happening and what the implications will be for the character's life. This was my first time reading Wagamese's work, and it won't be my last. #nativeauthors

Suet624 Every time I see this author‘s name come up I get mad at myself for not reading his work yet. 2mo
BookNAround This was really a magnificent read, wasn‘t it? 2mo
lovelybookshelf @Suet624 I definitely wish I'd read him earlier! 2mo
lovelybookshelf @BookNAround It truly was. And I know nothing about hockey and am not into sports, but even though sections had me captivated. 2mo
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Blaire
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This book broke my heart. Painful story of a native Ojibway Canadian taken to an abusive and horrific residential school who finds some solace in playing hockey, but even that joy is tainted by experiences he must confront. Saul‘s story and what so many children went through will stay with me. Beautifully written. #indigenousauthor #booked2019.

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Okiinabastien
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Indian horse is about a indigenous child from the Ojibway tribe, Saul Indian horse survives the Indian residential school system and grows up to become a star hockey player, the story follows Saul on his journey through residential school and his love of hockey.

MissYaremcio Thank you for the review Okiina! Remember to include all elements of the assignment in your post (you were missing the recommendation and the pacing). 2mo
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melissajayne
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Suet624 Shoot. I keep meaning to read one of his books. 4mo
melissajayne @Suet624 I read it about a couple years ago and quite enjoyed it. Deals with heavy stuff. 4mo
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pigeonsandcrows
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The story of an Ojibway man sent to residential school in the 1960s and his struggles to find a way to build a life for himself and deal with multiple traumatic events in his life. You'll probably get more out of it if you like sports and especially hockey, although that's certainly not necessary to understand Saul's overall journey.

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MsLeah8417
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💔💔💔💔💔
Bless you, Richard Wagamese.

pigeonsandcrows I'm reading this one right now. Your copy has a really good cover! 4mo
MsLeah8417 @pigeonsandcrows : ugh, those libraries stickers in the cover art drive me crazy. 4mo
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MsLeah8417
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Only at chapter three and the tears are coming

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pigeonsandcrows
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😊 😊Are there any other littens here located in Canada? I see all the beautiful book swaps and whatnot going on and wonder if there is anyone else out there dependent on Canada Post who might want to start a group or a book swap or something similar? 😊

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 💖📖💖 I host a Canadian penpal group #PoutinePenPals . If you're interested in connecting with more Canadian Littens send me an email with your name, Litsy handle, mailing address & birthday. 4mo
pigeonsandcrows @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego That sounds great. How do I send a private message via Litsy? (Sorry, I am still pretty new here!) 4mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego There isn't a way, but here's my email danielle_gangur@hotmail.com 4mo
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Readswithcoffee Welcome to Litsy 👍🏻📚📚📚👍🏻 4mo
pigeonsandcrows @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego OK, just sent you an email! 4mo
Reagan 👋 I'm in Alberta! 4mo
pigeonsandcrows @Reagan-reads Me too!! 4mo
mcctrish I‘m in Southern Ontario and I‘m in #poutinepenpals ⬆️ 4mo
LA_Mead #poutinepenpals is lots of fun! 4mo
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michelle.basile
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Another lunch break, another trip to the book store 🙆🏻‍♀️🤩
In honor of our Canada National Indigenous Peoples Day (21.06.2019) I got this little gem! Did anyone have the chance to read it?

#indianhorse #richardwagamese #bookobsessed

Suet624 I‘ve never read this author but I want to! 6mo
Blaire I have this book and am hoping to start it soon. 6mo
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Blaire
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Happy Canada Day!! 🇨🇦 Hoping to get to this novel by a First Nations author later this month. It is also my pick for #booked2019 #indigenousauthor #canada #letstraveljuly @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

OriginalCyn620 👌🏻🇨🇦😊 7mo
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throwmeabook
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The forcible removal of First Nation children and placement in residential schools is a sad and dark part of our history and difficult to read about. Saul, an Ojibway boy placed in a residential school endures beatings and abuse. The only bright light in his life is playing hockey. I wanted to like this more than I did. Too heavy on the hockey and light on the emotional and historical issues. ⭐️⭐️ #booked2019 #booked2019spring #indigenousauthor

CouronneDhiver 😕 oh no! 7mo
Cinfhen Too bad it wasnt a pick 😣still sounds like a heavy read 7mo
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TheLibrarian
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Indian Horse takes you on a journey of Saul‘s life, the Ojibway tribe and how the government took the kids, hockey, and other moments leading up to him being in the treatment center. Filled with so many emotions – love, hope, fear, sorrow, despair, anger, etc. – Indian Horse is a novel that you won‘t forget anytime soon.

Overall an excellent read. I loved the parts about the Ojibway tribe but could have done with fewer hockey sections.

Tamra Anxious to read! 13mo
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Lauren.Archer
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Wow, this might have been one of the best books I have ever read. At first thought this was a typical coming of age story with some heartbreak but then it took a turn I never expected which changed the essence of the book for me. This is a very relevant and such a poignant book. This should be required reading.

BookNAround It was fantastic, wasn‘t it? 13mo
CouronneDhiver He‘s my absolute favourite author ever ❤️ 13mo
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Lauren.Archer
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New set of picks from Book Riot‘s TBR service. I have never heard of this, but apparently this is the most read book in Canada. Looks interesting.

shaynarae I‘m so curious about Book Riot‘s TBR. What do you think of it so far? 13mo
Lauren.Archer @shaynarae I am a little mixed on this. My first picks left a lot to be desired but on that note I totally understood why they picked the books they did. They gave me someone new to pick my recommendations so I am super hopeful. Just the blurbs sound way better to me this time around. 13mo
TelevisionNeighbor I‘m always blown away at the number of books and other things I‘ve never heard of but are so popular it‘s like how did I miss this. Definitely adding this to my TBR. 13mo
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Jolynne This, is one of my #alltimefave books. I‘m glad to see Indigenous authors being recommended, they are often not visible in mainstream media. 13mo
Jolynne I also do the TBR, my first round was okay and this second round seems iffy. We shall see. 13mo
Reviewsbylola This one is new to me too! 13mo
CouronneDhiver This is my all time favourite author... he was an outstanding storyteller 🖤 13mo
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TheLibrarian
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These are my 3 recommendations from my first Tailored Book Recommendation sub!

Starting off with Indian Horse first.

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ReadingEnvy
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I wanted to love this more than I did. I was totally absorbed by the story of an Ojibway family trying to keep their children safe from the Canadian government and the journey of Saul into his new life. I was surprised when half the novel was suddenly a sportsing hockey novel, almost like the author got bored. Slow reveal of sexual abuse felt added in for the wrong reasons. I still want to read more by this author; any recommendations?

CouronneDhiver My favourite book! 1y
ReadingEnvy @CouronneDhiver thanks, I'll try it! 1y
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KerryLibME
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“If we want to live at peace with ourselves, we need to tell our stories.”

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BookNAround
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This is a hard but beautifully written book so far. The arrowheads were all collected by my grandfather at the family home farm when he was small.

Tanisha_A Oh wow! 2y
SinkLikeTheMoon I've read a few things from this author now (and will continue to do so). With every book he has moved further and further up my favourite list. I hope you enjoy it, despite how intense it can be. 2y
BookNAround @SinkLikeTheMoon It‘s hurting my heart right now but it‘s pretty amazing even if I have to set it down every now and again and grapple with all the abuse and sadness. 2y
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Dpotter
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I highly recommend this book. ❤
#potterspicks #canadianauthor

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Proustian
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This is our current selection for my book club, The Munrovians!

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SinkLikeTheMoon
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I have no words to express how much I loved this book and the subsequent movie. It shook me. Stunning and sad.

After his last drinking binge almost kills him, Saul Indian Horse begins his journey of recovery by going back through his history and getting in touch with his roots as a northern Ojibway.

DebbieGrillo I loved this book too! 2y
knittedgnome That sounds so interesting. *Off to see if my library has an ebook of it* 2y
SinkLikeTheMoon @DebbieGrillo I'm glad to find others. Have you read any of his other works? I'm thinking of picking up another novel by him soon, so if you have recommendations would be appreciated! 🙂 2y
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SinkLikeTheMoon @knittedgnome if you get a chance to read it, let me know how it goes. 🙂 2y
DebbieGrillo I haven't, but my friend recommended Medicine Walk. I'd like to read that. 2y
SinkLikeTheMoon @DebbieGrillo I'll take it. Thanks. 😊 2y
Swe_Eva Never encountered this author before, but it's going on my wishlist. 👍🏻 2y
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 👋🏻😊👋🏻 2y
BookaholicNatty Welcome to Litsy!!! Hope you love it here just as much as I do! ❤️❤️📚😍 2y
asiriusreader Welcome to Litsy!! 2y
CouronneDhiver I love Richard Wagamese ❤️ 2y
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melissajayne
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Such an excellent book. Even though I never went through the same stuff that these kids went through at the residential schools, through this book I can get a sense of what the Truth and Reconciliation Commission is about. There are some hard truths that I think Canadians have come to. And I hope books like this can do that. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

melissajayne I would recommend this book to everyone but I would put it out there that it does describe varying degrees of abuse. So if you can‘t handle that, I would avoid it. 2y
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melissajayne
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Sometimes ghosts linger. They hover in the furthest corners, and when you least expect it they lurch out, bearing everything they brought to you when when they were alive.

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melissajayne
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Books had been my safe place all the time I‘d been in the school and they still represented security, and whatever corner I huddled in to read was a safe one to me.

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melissajayne
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This chapter made me so mad at the descriptions of residential school life. Made me sick to my stomach. Made me want to hug those kids and tell them that what happened to them was wrong.

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melissajayne
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“From the pages of those books I got the idea that hockey had an alchemy that could transform ordinary men into great ones.”

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melissajayne
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Heartbreaking chapter.

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melissajayne
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My afternoon read. Looking forward to this read.

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melissajayne
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Reading list for the week. Starred books are ones I have to read this week.

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Lindy
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Saw the film adaptation yesterday and I liked it even better than the novel. An Anishinaabe story of healing after surviving residential school.

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Liberty
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Evening reading. 📚

melissajayne How did you find it? 2y
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gentlepet
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Indian Horse was un-putdownable. I ended up getting up at 1.30am and reading til 3.30am because I knew I couldn‘t sleep til it was done. Beautifully written, heart aching, nourishing.

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gentlepet
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“I knew it was a mystery and I honoured it that way.”

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Sophia.marnik
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This was a beautiful, amazing book. I am so sad that I am done. I cried reading this book, and felt agonizing sadness while reading it. I felt betrayal, grief, joy, exhilaration...emotions ran the gamut.

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Jolynne
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What an incredible story of survival!

As my journey to read all Richard Wagamese‘s writings progress I can‘t help but feel the sadness of knowing that he is gone. #alltimefave

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Jolynne
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Such a good book, so difficult to read. I have to take breaks to ease the pain in my gut.

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twohectobooks
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I liked this, but there was too much hockey.

xicanti The classic Canadian problem. 2y
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dixi_e
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Gotta share this list, especially as it has what I consider to be THE #mustread of #CanLit as #1. #readthenorth

http://www.cbc.ca/books/the-great-canadian-reading-list-150-books-to-read-for-ca...

(Is there a way to embed links in Litsy?)

Donnasmiles I've tried to get this book here in US but just can't seem to locate? 2y
dixi_e @Donnasmiles Are you talking about Indian Horse? I borrowed mine from the library. I'd recommend checking out Amazon.ca or Chapters.ca (our big, chain bookstore). Perhaps also via the publisher? Or contact your local library and make a request? 2y
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TheKidUpstairs
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Saul Indian Horse makes a name for himself on the #iceicebaby but talent can not shelter him from the harsh realities of life in a Northern Ontario residential school.

#90sinJuly @Robothugs @Cinfhen

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twohectobooks
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I'm reading too many books right now but oh well. Started Indian Horse last night, probably starting the LM Montgomery book tomorrow. My oxalis plant is coming back to life after three months of hibernation and I want to shout my excitement from the rooftops, but I've resorted to Litsy instead. 😉

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twohectobooks
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#junebookbugs Day 7: #indigenousauthors
Borrowed Indian Horse and Green Grass, Running Water from a friend, who instructed me to read the latter after the former because one would break my heart and the other would cheer me up.

batsy Loved the King book. 3y
twohectobooks @batsy I haven't read either of these yet but I'm looking forward to them both! 3y
JazzFeathers That's good to know, since both are on my TBR 🙃 3y
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The story told by Wagamese is so important. More books should bring these stories into the light. The suffering endured by the children forced into residential schools, and the families who were broken by the theft of their children can not truly be understood. We need to read these stories again and again.

This is my first square for #bookbingonw2017.

#canlit

Spiderfelt That being said, I didn't love the writing, which I'm separating from the story. Not every book has to be Infinite Jest, but I couldn't help thinking the story suffered because we spent so little time with some characters. It almost seemed like the author didn't fully understand his own character. It seems blasphemous to criticize a book so beloved, and so necessary. 3y
RealBooks4ever Beautiful pic! 💜 3y
Suet624 Your photo! So lovely... 3y
Spiderfelt Thanks @suet64 and @RealBooks4ever. We were walking along an abandoned railway bed, closed because of rock slides. It's a dramatic setting. Hard to imagine the human cost of blasting the rock and laying the track. 3y
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SassenachTheBookWizard
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RIP Richard Wagamese...You left a mark on Canadian literature in your short 61 years

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We were hockey gypsies, heading down another gravel road every weekend, plowing into the heart of that magnificent northern landscape....We never gave a thought to being Indian. Different. We only thought of the game and the brotherhood that bound us together off the ice...We were a league of nomads, mad for the game, mad for the road, mad for ice and snow, an Arctic wind on our faces and a frozen puck on the blade of our sticks.

Spiderfelt A Canadian friend, also a huge hockey fan, recommended this several years ago. Reviewing my list of recommended reads, I've decided to move this to the top of my list. 3y
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