Indian Horse

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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.

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Title:Indian Horse
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  • Ariel

    This book was incredibly easy to read but dealt with incredibly difficult topics. I read it for my Canadian Literature course where we've discussed "imagined communities" the concept that the communit...

  • Harry Maier

    This book should be required reading for every Canadian. In its story of a survivor of residential schools it takes us through the harrowing experience of First Nations Children in a Manitoban school....

  • Diane S ?

    It is almost impossible if one lives in the United States to be unaware of our border crisis with Mexico. Children separated from their mothers, each sent to a different place, sometimes different sta...

  • Tina

    It was an honour to read Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese. As a reader who wants to encourage others to go out and get this important piece of work, I am breaking the rule about reviewers getting pers...

  • Michael

    This coming of age tale captures some important truths about the hell that a lot of Indian kids went through in the residential school system in Canada, which according to the man who founded the firs...

  • Cathrine ??

    5 🌠 🌠 🌠 🌠 🌠Sharing my thoughts about Richard Wagameses work deserves much more effort than I can give it. Books come along every now and then that make me think I should return to writi...

  • Libby

    This is a heartbreaking and tragic story told beautifully by Richard Wagamese. Although fiction, Wagamese pulls from his own experiences and others of the Ojibway Indian tribe, who were taken away fro...

  • Zoeytron

    Saul Indian Horse is but eight years old when he is literally yanked from the arms of his grandmother and carted off to a church-run residential school. Racism is rampant, abuse out of control. Punish...

  • Pooker

    April 2, 2012:I begin this book with both eagerness and trepidation. The year is 1961. Saul Indian Horse, Indian boy, is 8 years old. I, little white girl, would have been 7. Inevitably, he and I woul...

  • Wendy

    Richard Wagamese wrote beautifully!Indian Horse is a heart-breaking and heart-warming story about growing up, racism, community residential schools, survival and hockey.The author creates a memorable ...