A remarkable story, the first part in a planned trilogy, that draws us into generations of the Bird and Whiskeyjack families. Two young Cree snipers, Xavier Bird and Elijah Weesageechak (called Whiskeyjack by his white soldier buddies) are formed and deformed by the horrors of the First World War. One tries to find redemption in the teachings of his aunt, a solitary figure who lives off the land and is gifted with dreams and visions. A fascinating dual narrator structure that sometimes feels contrived, but that delivers powerful emotions. Can a psyche haunted by violence find peace?
Joseph Boyden, Three Day Road (Penguin Canada, 2005)
July 18, 2010