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Publisher Description

"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.

Fiction & Literature
January 27
Douglas and McIntyre (2013) Ltd.
Perseus Books, LLC

Customer Reviews

Ekaie ,

I cried

What an amazing auther. Though hockey isn’t in my blood, I could feel the intense love the main character had. It felt alive...

Vanessa Liegghio ,

A Canadian Classic

This is the underlining story of our true national narrative as a collective. Incredibly powerful and eye-opening to those who have been wrongfully robbed of the necessity of educating our youth about the true history of our country. Wagamese is an artist and his words take flight. Phenomenal read - strongly suggest!

ErinMcC ,


This is one of those books that will stay with me long after the book is put down. It opened my eyes to a topic that I knew too little of and handled challenging material elegantly. It also showed me the art and beauty of hockey, and watching my kids play will not be the same.

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