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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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Moving Story

This story pulled me in and felt as though I was inside the mind or personal journal of the character Saul. it reminded me that every person has a deep story and past that is worth recognizing. #Audible1

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If you identify as a Canadian then you MUST read/listen to this book!

It is a story of a boy who went to residential schools, it is a story of the voices of children, survivors of residential schools. A history that was not taught in schools. A must read!!

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Heart wrenching and Humbling

I love hockey. My family has been involved in hockey since I was born. Richard Wagamese highlights the horrendous acts committed at the residential schools, and the generational effect it still has while simultaneously making you long for the arena. You follow Saul through his journey with his birth family, to the school, and again with his adoptive family. Every step of the way giving you happiness, then a reminder that weighs at the back of his mind. I found myself pausing to cry about Saul’s experience, knowing that it was a fiction based on the true testimony of many; too many. A haunting reminder of our past, our traditions, and the culture we live and breathe.

The performance was remarkable, and easy to follow. A must read (or listen) for all.

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WOW! Enjoyable with each sentance

This book sheds light on the history of our native people and the circumstances they had to face in order to survive in a white man's country. I believe stories like this should be taught in our history classes in our public school systems.

I loved following Saul's story and how hockey became his saviour throughout his life. The way Richard Wagamese depicts such an iconic sport and shows it in a light I never knew before, allows me to fall in love with the sport and understand how it can impact a young boys life. I truly loved every second of this novel and cannot wait to read it again!

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If I Could Rate Higher Than Five - I Would.

Beautifully written, and moving account of a young native man's life. This should become required reading in every high school in Canada. Raw, emotional, and spiritual recounting of the trauma lived by indigenous children in one particular residential school in northern Ontario. This is not easy listening but must be heard or read. Narration was the best I have ever listened to on Audible. Once I started listening, I did not want to stop.

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I cried....

The brutal clarity of the story, A magical legend, A sweet medicine for the soul and A heartwarming end brought me to tears ....

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Exceptionally good and moving

This is the first review I have written. This book was excellent. I highly recommend it.

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Great Novel. Shares the hard truth

I new about residential schools but not to the depth of what this book goes into. In this book there are some hard spots that are big triggers for some but it is worth the read. Everyone should read this novel and I am glad I did!

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beautifully written

I loved it every moment led to the next could not wait to hear more there narration was perfect it added to the authenticity of the book

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Brilliant, well written and incredible narration.

I’m so happy I heard this - narration was incredible and enhanced the experience and story. A must read for all adult Canadians.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-11-08

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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  • Chris Stephens
  • 2018-10-11

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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  • Hard Stop Publishing @hardstoppublish
  • 2018-10-05

Amazing journey

This book and performance was incredible. I have not been moved by a book in a very long time and this had me vacillating between sadness and joy throughout. I highly recommend this to everyone.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-05-29

good storyline

powerful and sad, although the ending was encouraging. This would be a good story for anyone unfamiliar with the Indian schools.

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  • jacy davis
  • 2018-04-29

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.