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 remarkable Ojibway man.
Acclaim for the book:
Winner- 2013 Burt Award for First Nation, Métis and Inuit Literature
Winner - Canada Reads People's Choice Award and First Nations Communities Read program
Globe and Mail - Top 100 book of 2012
"Richard Wagamese is a national treasure." (Joseph Boyden, author of Through Black Spruce)
About the Author
Richard Wagamese is an Ojibway from the Wabaseemong 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 & Mails Top 100 Books of the Year. He lives outside of Kamloops, BC.