- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Emblem Editions; 1st edition (March 3 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 077108921X
- ISBN-13: 978-0771089213
- Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 1.7 x 20.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 240 g
- Average Customer Review: 87 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,583 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Medicine Walk Paperback – Mar 3 2015
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"A masterpiece, a work of art that explores human interconnectedness with a level of artistry so superb that the personal becomes eternal." National Post
"Wagamese balances the novel's spiritual and political subtexts with sly humour, sharp, believable dialogue and superb storytelling skills. Medicine Walk is a major accomplishment from an author who has become one of Canada's best novelists." Toronto Star
"This is very much a novel about the role of stories in our lives, those we tell ourselves about ourselves and those we agree to live by.... Medicine Walk is also testament to the redemptive power of love and compassion." The Globe and Mail
About the Author
RICHARD WAGAMESE is one of Canada's foremost writers and the author of twelve previous novels, including Keeper'n Me and Indian Horse, a recent Canada Reads Finalist. He is also the author of acclaimed memoirs, including For Joshua; the bestselling One Native Life; and, One Story, One Song, which won the George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature. He has won numerous awards and recognition for his writing. He leads writing and storytelling workshops across the country, and makes frequent appearances as a speaker. He lives in the mountains outside of Kamloops, BC.
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The journey in "Medicine Walk" is both physical and metaphorical. This isn't a new concept in literature, but Wagamese does it with real skill.
There is nothing about this book I don't like, but what really stood out for me was the characters and the dialogue, and how the dialogue reveals character. The characters are poorly educated (in the sense of formal schooling) and use words only as necessary. Yet Wagamese manages to convey their intelligence, their wisdom and their complicated relationships to each other through the few words they do use.
A beautiful story by a master storyteller.
Shows that despite the previous failings of the father the teenage boy manages to retain his loyalty to him and commit himself to carrying out his father's last request as he dies.
It also shows what effect good nurturing has on a child as was the case in the care and good sense taught to this boy by his guardian.
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