Saul Indian Horse has hit bottom. His last binge almost killed him, and now heâ€™s a reluctant resident in a treatment centre for alcoholics, surrounded by people heâ€™s sure will never understand him. But Saul wants peace, and he grudgingly comes to see that heâ€™ll find it only through telling his story. With him, readers embark on a journey back through the life heâ€™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 heâ€™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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