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Natives pay price in a white men's war

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BerichtGeplaatst: 11 Feb 2006 22:51    Onderwerp: Natives pay price in a white men's war Reageer met quote

Natives pay price in a white men's war

Sat, February 11, 2006
Three Day Road
By Joseph Boyden
Penguin Canada, $32.95

A vivid first novel by Canadian writer Joseph Boyden, Three Day Road tells the story of fighting in the First World War from an Indian's point of view.

It's a powerful, passionate account of two young Cree men from Northern Ontario, friends from boyhood, who sign up at the beginning of the war for an experience that will deeply affect both their lives in different ways.

Xavier Bird has grown up in the bush with his sole surviving relative, an aunt called Niska, who taught him the ways of her people and got him out of the clutches of the misguided missionaries who caused so much suffering to native children.

Elijah Whiskeyjack, too, has escaped the residential schools, after a time, and he and Xavier have spent an idyllic youth learning the old ways and becoming master hunters before enlisting. These skills stand them in good stead when they are in the thick of battle in Belgium and France, and help them stay alive in the slaughter of the trenches.

When Xavier returns after the war, gravely wounded and addicted to morphine, his old aunt paddles him home in a three-day journey and slowly learns the truth about her nephew's war experiences -- how he and Elijah became enormously skilled snipers and how, in the killing fields of Vimy Ridge, Passchendaele and the Somme, Xavier became increasingly sickened and disheartened while Elijah embraced the madness with disturbing results.

Based partly on the real-life experiences of an Ojibwa native hero called Francis Peghmagabow, the book is a triumph.
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BerichtGeplaatst: 20 Jun 2006 8:08    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

By Joseph Boyden

Ik hoor en lees veel goede kritiek over dit boek .
En forumlid Michel heeft hem gelezen .

This is a fantastic novel. A friend of ours in New Zealand recommended it to us and we absolutely loved it. It is novel about WWI on par with Birdsong and Regeneration. Best friends Xavier and Elijah are both expert sharpshooters and, using the field craft they learned hunting in the forests of Hudson Bay, quickly become accomplished snipers on the Western Front. However the horrors of the war will not only test their courage and sanity but also their friendship. A wonderful story by a gifted writer.

Verdun Ö.papperlapapp! Louis Fernand Celine
Ein Schlachten warís, nicht eine Schlacht zu nennenď Ernst Junger .
Oublier c'est trahir ! marechal Foch
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