Douglas & McIntyre
Indian Horse

Book details:

February 2012
ISBN 978-1-55365-402-5
Paperback - Trade
5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
232 pages
Social Science / Anthropology
$21.95 CAD


Douglas & McIntyre

Indian Horse

"An unforgettable work of art."—National Post

A 2012 Globe and Mail Top 100 Book

A Canada Reads 2013 Contender

A Globe and Mail top 100 book of 2012

2013-2014 First Nation Communities Read Selection

CODE's Burt Award for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Literature

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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About the Author

Richard  Wagamese

Richard Wagamese

Richard Wagamese (1955–2017), an Ojibway from the Wabaseemoong First Nation in northwestern Ontario, was recognized as one of Canada's foremost First Nations ...

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