"An unforgettable work of art."—The National Post
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. Drawing on his great-grandfather's mystical gift of vision, Saul Indian Horse comes to recognize the influence of everyday magic on his own life. In this wise and moving novel, Richard Wagamese shares that gift of magic with readers as well.
Douglas and McIntyre (2013) Ltd.; January 2012
- ISBN: 9781553659709
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- Title: Indian Horse
- Author: Richard Wagamese
Imprint: Douglas & McIntyre
In The Press
[Wagamese] seamlessly braids together his two traditions: English literary and aboriginal oral. So audible is Saul’s voice, that I heard him stop speaking whenever I closed the book."The National Post
Indian Horse distills much of what Wagamese has been writing about for his whole career into a clearer and sharper liquor, both more bitter and more moving than he has managed in the past.”Jane Smiley, The Globe and Mail
"Richard Wagamese is a national treasure."Joseph Boyden, author of Through Black Spruce
"Richard Wagamese's writing is sweet medicine for the soul."Richard Van Camp, author of The Lesser Blessed
About The Author
Richard Wagamese is an Ojibway from the Wabaseemoong First Nation in northwestern Ontario. He is the author of four novels, including the award-winning Dream Wheels. His autobiographical book For Joshua was published to critical acclaim, and One Native Life was selected as one of the Globe & Mail's Top 100 Books of the Year. He lives outside Kamloops, British Columbia.