Review: Wenjack, by Joseph Boyden

WenjackWenjack by Joseph Boyden
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a courageous, beautifully-written tragedy written by one of the most important literary voices of the 21st century.

Alternating between the voices of the real-life character of Chanie Wenjack, the young boy who escaped from the horrors of a residential school, and the manitous of his natural world, Boyden creates an epic paean for not only Chanie, but all those who suffered, and still do, from this most shameful of Canadian practices.

Again Boyden has penned the quintessential Canadian story, stories, we’re coming to understand, which are not always in celebration of what we’ve built, but of what we have endured and must yet create.

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