Three Day Road (2020)

Three Day Road Joseph Boyden Three Day Road It is and Niska the last Oji Cree medicine woman to live off the land has received word that one of the two boys she grudgingly saw off to war has returned She leaves her home in the bush of N
  • Title: Three Day Road
  • Author: Joseph Boyden
  • ISBN: 9780143056959
  • Page: 106
  • Format: Paperback
Three Day Road Joseph Boyden It is 1919, and Niska, the last Oji Cree medicine woman to live off the land, has received word that one of the two boys she grudgingly saw off to war has returned She leaves her home in the bush of Northern Ontario to retrieve him, only to discover that the one she expected is actually the other.Xavier Bird, her sole living relation, gravely wounded and addicted to the aIt is 1919, and Niska, the last Oji Cree medicine woman to live off the land, has received word that one of the two boys she grudgingly saw off to war has returned She leaves her home in the bush of Northern Ontario to retrieve him, only to discover that the one she expected is actually the other.Xavier Bird, her sole living relation, gravely wounded and addicted to the army s morphine, hovers somewhere between the living world and that of the dead As Niska paddles him the three days home, she realizes that all she can offer in her attempt to keep him alive is her words, the stories of her life.In turn, Xavier relates the horrifying years of war in Europe he and his best friend, Elijah Whiskeyjack, prowled the battlefields of France and Belgium as snipers of enormous skill As their reputations grew, the two young men, with their hand sewn moccasins and extraordinary marksmanship, became both the pride and fear of their regiment as they stalked the ripe killing fields of Ypres and the Somme.Inspired in part by real life World War I Ojibwa hero Francis Pegahmagabow, Three Day Road is beautifully written and told with unblinking focus, it is a remarkable tale, one of brutality, survival, and rebirth.Summary was taken from the OBOC website for Waterloo Region.
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  1. Ruzz

    I found Three Day Road when a notoriously late friend was than an hour late to meet me and I had time to browse a local bookstore I didn t pick the book up that day, but i noted it Later, while near the bookstore I went back in and grabbed it The idea of the book crossed a number of vectors of interest for me War history wait, don t stop reading yet , snipers please, keep reading , and early 20th century Natives I expected it to at least titillate my love of snipers, and war and the romantic id [...]

  2. Matthew Quann

    A novel that begins at the end, and ends with a beginning Three Day Road is a stunning debut from one of Canada s foremost writers, Joseph Boyden When Xavier Bird returns from WWI addicted to morphine and wounded, his aunt Niska embarks with him on a three day journey towards their home in the Northern Ontario bush As Niska paddles along towards their home, the reader slides seamlessly between Xavier s remembrances of his time at war and Niska s account of Xavier as a boy Central to the novel is [...]

  3. Warwick

    This seemed like a serendipitous discovery when I stumbled on it in an Ontario bookshop last week Not literally stumbled although, come to think of it, there were several piles of books on the floor there which gave browsing something of a parkour flavour But I had negotiated those hazards successfully No, I meant stumbled on in the metaphorical sense that I found it by chance Anyway, can we move on I have a review to write.So yes, I hadn t heard of Boyden before, but clearly he s something of a [...]

  4. Whitney Atkinson

    edit it s been about a month since i ve read this and i m increasing my rating to 5 stars the plot of this book and the main character s thoughts have just stuck with me so much, and after finishing an 8 page paper about this book it just made me fully comprehend how genius it all flows together highly recommend.4.5 Stars.My war literature professor is just out here trying to make me cry, huh This book was beautiful It s gruesome and explicit, and at times highly uncomfortable, but it s not just [...]

  5. Malcolm

    Book Review Three Day Road Joseph Boyden Viking Canada Penguin 2005 ISBN 0 670 06362 2 Once in a long while one reads a book that you cannot put down and the overall beauty of it leaves one gasping Three Day Road, is such a book It tells the story of Two Cree young men who find themselves in WW I fighting in the trenches of France as snipers using their hunting and shooting skills they learned in the bush growing up near James Bay The story begins with the protagonist, Xavier Bird, has returned [...]

  6. Howard

    The gold standard for novels about combat in World War I has always been All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque, first published in 1929 I first read it many years ago and have since re read it a couple of times.There are a number of fabulous reviews of this classic novel, reviews by Ted, Kemper, Larry Bassett, and Diane Barnes If you haven t read the book, you should read these reviews and then you may want to But I also wish to express my gratitude to several friends, who, thro [...]

  7. Bonnie

    5 starsI m not sure I ve read any other books inspired by the First World War, but I am sure Joseph s story is different than anything else ever written Agreed, I was slow to get TO it heard him read first chapter in Whistler 2007 , and to really get into it, but oh when I did, I couldn t turn the pages fast enough I read this, for the most part, on the beach while vacationing in Mexico I couldn t help but react out loud his battle scenes, e.g are so vivid, chilling But saying that simplifies wh [...]

  8. Maxwell

    I m a huge fan of Boyden s work I was really impressed byThe Orenda andThrough Black Spruce, and loved his stories inBorn with a Tooth When I finally got around to his debut novel, I think it proved to be a bit underwhelming.Stylistically, Boyden is as strong as ever in this one his writing is sharp, observant, and transportive The ways in which he weaves together both Niska and Xavier s stories is excellent And the tension that builds throughout between Elijah and Xavier is palpable I thought a [...]

  9. Connie

    Xavier Bird struggles on crutches as he descends from the train in northern Canada in 1919 He is in terrible pain and addicted to morphine since a war injury resulted in the amputation of his leg The relentless horror in the trenches of the Western Front have also taken their toll emotionally His aunt Niska, an Oji Cree medicine woman, takes Kavier home in a three day journey in her canoe.The Canadian government had a forced residential education program, attempting to eradicate the First Nation [...]

  10. VictoriaNickers

    This is a phenomenal and haunting book Loved the story despite most of it being set in the WWI Maybe because it not the traditional stories told of WWI The characters are deep and complex So powerfully written that it makes you stop and wonder what hell is going on with society It s like a stab to the heart It will make you very uncomfortable The story follows Xavier Bird, a young First Nations Canadian, journey through leaving the bush, enlisting in and serving as a sniper in WWI, then through [...]

  11. Jennifer (aka EM)

    This is two of my favourite reads a futility of war novel by a Native Canadian writer, and with a unique Native Canadian angle.Xavier and Elijah are Ojibwe Cree from the North Country which in this case means James Bay area who sign up for WW I, and because of their hunting prowess make for excellent warriors Niska X s auntie welcomes a deeply changed X home, and does what she can to help X cope with all he has seen, suffered and lost.The novel is about killing and healing and incredible, profou [...]

  12. Michael

    I love Erdrich s blurb for the book a devastatingly truthful work of fiction, and a masterful account of hell and healing This is a grave, grand, and passionate book This is the story of a three day canoe journey home for Cree Indian Xavier Bird, who arrives by train in northern Ontario severely damaged from his experience as an infantry soldier in World War 1 He has lost a leg and is addicted to morphine He is accompanied by his only family member, his aunt Niska, a medicine woman who raised hi [...]

  13. Aubrey

    7 16 17 edit after Boyden s revelation of his extremely shaky claim to indigenous roots, take this review with a bag of salt I ve spent increasing amounts of time wondering what the ratio of literature to propaganda masquerading as such is in regards to the stacks upon my shelves Books in the vein of The Guest and Almanac of the Dead and Novel Without a Name make such considerations necessary, and the anything goes approach the reading community largely plays with dehumanized portrayals makes cu [...]

  14. Chrissie

    This book is loosely based on the famed Native Canadian WW1 sniper Francis Pegahmagabow It is about WW1 trench warfare it is about the role Native Canadians played in this warfare and it is about mystical Cree beliefs I think this book goes a step deeper It is about warfare in general and also about taking another person s life outside of the war setting I am left very troubled by the ending I have questions after reading this book than before Am I a pacifist Am I against all wars This book put [...]

  15. Rosana

    I love this book It is definitely in the pack of books I would carry with me from a burning building I read it 2 years ago or so, and recently browsed through it again for a book club discussion I feel surprised with myself that a book with so many graphic descriptions of battles and death does not however make me put it on the list of books never to reread For all the sadness and destruction it describes, still it does not leave me downhearted I guess I see the characters struggles as an illust [...]

  16. Doug H

    I m gonna lay down my sword and shieldDown by the riversideI ain t gonna study war no Three Day Road is presented as the intertwined narratives of two Cree Indians Xavier Bird a soldier returning from the battlefields of WWI and his aunt Niska a fierce Medicine Woman Dipping in and out between the past and the present as they paddle homeward in a canoe, their sad stories have a floating quality that matches the river environment and the healing properties of water Boyden s writing is strong and [...]

  17. Friederike Knabe

    Linking Cree hunting stories with World War I frontline accounts would seem an odd undertaking, to say the least The wild Canadian North with its harsh yet beautiful landscape and tough living conditions for those surviving off the land is a far cry physically and spiritually from the trenches and the killing fields of Ypres and the Somme Yet, Boyden has successfully merged these seemingly disparate themes through his telling of the life stories of the three protagonists Xavier, Elijah and Niska [...]

  18. Toni

    I learned much from this book I learned about trench warfare, the primary method of fighting in World War One I learned about the Native American bush Indians of Canada and the hardships and racism that they survived I learned that the white americans admired their hunting and tracking skills and transformed these individuals from hunters of animals into hunters of men during the war and the toll on their spirit that this transformation wrought.I learned that every war through history has create [...]

  19. Catherine

    This is an exceptional book, although harrowing I m not sure I could say I enjoyed it my feeling is closer to respect, and admiration, for what the author achieved.Three Day Road is the story of two young Cree men who volunteer for service in WWI Only one returns Xavier and the novel follows his progress as he travels back downriver, with his aunt, to his home He s broken, physically and mentally, by the war, is addicted to morphine, and as he slips back into the past and relates the story of hi [...]

  20. J.K. Grice

    I m so glad I discovered Joseph Boyden He is one of the most gifted writers working today THREE DAY ROAD is one of the top 10 books that I ve ever read Boyden just blew me away with his prose and characters I am still in awe of this novel.

  21. Julie Christine

    Xavier Bird, a young Ojibwa from the Moose Cree tribe in northern Ontario, returns to Canada from the Europe s Western Front in the summer of 1919 He is alone, in unimaginable pain from an amputated leg, addicted to morphine, and dying from a spirit broken by the nightmare of war Carrying him home in her dugout canoe is his aunt Niska, an elderly medicine woman who has lived on her own in the bush since escaping a Catholic boarding school in her teens Through a twisting, dreamlike journey of wor [...]

  22. Brad

    I am wemistikoshiw, so I don t and won t pretend to understand what it is to be Oji Cree nor any other nation for that matter I pass no judgment on their beliefs, their lives, their experiences, their ways, but I do feel the great of weight personal disgust and guilt all wemistikoshiw should feel for the genocide of their peoples and cultures our ancestors began, which we carry on every day I ve been the lover of a Cree woman, a woman I still love and always will, but I have no illusions that my [...]

  23. Martha☀

    Xavier Bird of the Cree Nation grew up in a world of peace and solitude, hunting moose and grouse along the edge of Hudson s Bay in Northern Ontario in the early 1900s Answering the call of The Great War, he and his closest friend, Elijah, head into the big city to enlist in the Canadian Army As a Cree speaking native, he is excluded from the camaraderie of his platoon and shunned for his cultural heritage, lack of English and quiet nature As a gifted sniper, the atrocities that he witnesses thr [...]

  24. Jim

    Outstanding novel Probably one of the most enjoyable novels I have read concerning World War 1, that also provides a lot of insight into life in pre war Canada for its Native population, in this case particularly the Cree I really enjoyed the gradual reveal, alternating between the two narrators, of the friendship between two boys, the relationship between aunt and nephew The treatment of Natives in Canada was not much better than what they received in the United States, with similar racism and [...]

  25. Lorina Stephens

    An astonishing novel An even astonishing first novel There can be no disputing Joseph Boyden is not only an accomplished story teller, but a significant Canadian voice in the 21st century.Three Day Road, drawn from real people and real history, is an impeccably researched, and skilfully wrought tale of two Cree soldiers who fight in the nightmare of WWI It is a story about the terror of residential schools, the descent into madness, and the arduous journey back to peace of mind and body.A singu [...]

  26. Barbara

    UH mazing.Still reeling from the emotional whirlwind of the last couple of chapters Wow.Loved that I learned about new aspects of WWI new to me, that is and Native Canadian culture I was actually told to read Through Black Spruce before I stumbled on this one JB s first novel and I m so glad that I did.Literature at its finest Take a bow Mr Boyden.

  27. Shirley Schwartz

    This book is so powerful and gripping and so very real that it is difficult to read it Boyden takes us right into the French and Belgian trenches during the First World War We are there and we experience the fear and the agony of this terrible war The story is really about two young Indian boys who are friends and who enlist and go to the War together The war changes these young Canadian boys One Elijah becomes a warrior and goes hunting at night The Germans that he kills the darker his persona [...]

  28. Jackie

    I first heard about this book a couple years ago on the Today show At first it was hard to take a Today show book club selection seriously, but then I decided to listen to what the star author had to say about the book Isabel Allende introduced Three Day Road, and her enthusiasm for the story really intrigued me She writes in a completely different genre magical realism from what she decribed this book to be WWI historical fiction , so I thought I should give it a shot And I decided to wait unti [...]

  29. the gift

    powerful story weaving together the madness of civilization destroying itself by war, and the end of a way of life, beautifully told by interwoven narratives it is difficult to imagine any vision of war worse than the slaughter of the great war it is also an elegy for a way of living that does not ignore its perils, a way of so many generations, disrupted by modernity, by madness, by racism and there is no escape for the two cree boys who become snipers in the trenches and one goes mad, the othe [...]

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