Indian Horse

A Novel
Narrated by: Jason Ryll
Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
4.7 out of 5 stars (161 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Saul Indian Horse is in critical condition. Sitting feeble in an alcoholism treatment facility, he is told that sharing his story will help relieve his agony. Though skeptical, he embarks on a heartbreaking journey from the present - and into the woods of Northern Ontario, where his life began in a snowy Ojibway camp. The tale that follows is one of great pain and great determination from Richard Wagamese, an author who "never seems to waste a shot" (New York Times).

After being taken forcibly from his family, Saul is placed in an abusive boarding school determined to expunge his Ojibway traditions and knowledge. But he finds salvation each morning at dawn, practicing hockey alone on the school's makeshift ice rink. Saul's gift is undeniable: He quickly rises from his school's all-Ojibway team to the white-dominated regional circuit. As his skills improve and he gains notoriety, however, each of his victories on the ice is met by racism and hate. As the years pass, Saul must reconcile his passion - the game he loves, that allowed him to escape poverty - with the harshness of a world that will never make him entirely welcome.

Unfolding against the bleak loveliness of Northern Ontario - all rock, marsh, bog, and cedar - this is a singular story of resilience from a beloved storyteller.

©2012 Richard Wagamese (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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Important Read

One of the rare cases where I seen the movie before I read the book. Richard Wagamese weaves a remarkable story (based on a culmination of true accounts) of the Indian Boarding Schools that many Native American and First Nation children were sent to after being kidnapped from their families. What many people do not realize is that these schools did not close until 1990's and there are so many horrifying tales of what happened to the Native children who went there and who never left. Beautifully written, and achingly tragic, I highly recommend this story for every American and Canadian citizen so everyone can understand an important piece of what is not taught in history classes today.

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Read and share!

Read if you dare., A truth so many Native American nations endured. So many loss, so many in the struggle, so many generational heartaches. The ripple.

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Great story!

Much of his own life story appears to be wrapped up in tale of Saul Indian Horse. Wagamese demonstrates a unique ability to describe in vivid detail everything from the feeling of freedom that comes from the first time one learns to ice skate to the feelings of dread, abandonment and fear that was the experience of Indian schools throughout Canada and the US. He is among the best story tellers I have ever read, and the performance was equally engaging as well.

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Resilience where there shouldn’t have to be

Not an easy book to listen to. Individual story and how all of the systems impact Native Americans when they rip from their family. Sad but truthful.

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Indian Horse

This is a story of the real life of indigenous youth and people. Listen and learn. Amazing story

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  • 01-18-20

A tough story, but well worth hearing.

Not for kids, but for adults who know a little bit about the history and about themselves. No hockey knowledge necessary.

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educational inside look

sad and interesting. educational and new understanding. amazing stories and never had me uninterested. watched the movie also.

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A Gem.

This book was not my first choice, it was a selection from my book club. I was very pleasantly surprised. It was beautifully written the language creating vivid imagery and very evocative. The subject was painful at times but was not graphic, and was dealt with honestly. I would recommend this.

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Amazing

I loved this book the storyline was so good I was forced into reading this book my my English teacher thanks for pushing me to read what an amazing book

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Everything and More!

A book all indigenous people and indigenous allies should read / listen too. It goes beyond the pain of residential schools into the healing that survivors go into. I loved the story - I was drawn to the characters and to the light behind the pain. Such a fantastic book!

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  • 07-14-20

Beautiful Book.

Touching, moving story. Loss, tragedy, redemption, wisdom. The stuff of life delivered in simple prose that glides like a puck on ice and speaks to something within all of us.