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Set in Canada and the battlefields of France and Belgium, Three-Day Road is a mesmerizing novel told through the eyes of Niska—a Canadian Oji-Cree woman living off the land who is the last of a line of healers and diviners—and her nephew Xavier.

At the urging of his friend Elijah, a Cree boy raised in reserve schools, Xavier joins the war effort. Shipped off to Europe when they are nineteen, the boys are marginalized from the Canadian soldiers not only by their native appearance but also by the fine marksmanship that years of hunting in the bush has taught them. Both become snipers renowned for their uncanny accuracy. But while Xavier struggles to understand the purpose of the war and to come to terms with his conscience for the many lives he has ended, Elijah becomes obsessed with killing, taking great risks to become the most accomplished sniper in the army. Eventually the harrowing and bloody truth of war takes its toll on the two friends in different, profound ways. Intertwined with this account is the story of Niska, who herself has borne witness to a lifetime of death—the death of her people.

In part inspired by the legend of Francis Pegahmagabow, the great Indian sniper of World War I, Three-Day Road is an impeccably researched and beautifully written story that offers a searing reminder about the cost of war.

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In part inspired by the legend of Francis Pegamahgabow, the great Indian sniper of World War I, this novel is an impeccably researched and beautifully written story about two friends who become snipers--a searing reminder about the cost of war.

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In this powerful and mesmerizing debut, Joseph Boyden reinvents the tradition of Great War epics like All Quiet on the Western Front and Birdsong. It is 1919 and Niska, an Oji- Cree medicine woman, has left her home in the bush of northern Ontario to retrieve Xavier Bird, her only relation, who has returned from the trenches of Europe. Gravely wounded and addicted to morphine, Xavier recounts how he and his best friend, Elijah Whiskeyjack, prowled the battlefields as snipers of enormous skill—and how the circumstances of their deadly craft led them to very different fates. Told with unblinking focus, this is a stunning tale of brutality, survival, and rebirth that marks the arrival of a prodigious new talent.

About the Author

Joseph Boyden is a Canadian of Irish, Scottish, and Metis roots. He divides his time between northern Ontario and Louisiana, where he teaches writing at the University of New Orleans.

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Ryan Douglas, January 5, 2012 (view all comments by Ryan Douglas)
Mr. Boyden expertly explores and prods the grey matter that lies in between two cultures; those of the old ways and those of the new, i.e., World War I. Rarely have I read a book so firmly grounded in human nature while swimming in the cultural nuances of extreme polarities. The characters in Three Day Road are superb extractions out of Canadian history but really all of North America. The journey within these pages is wrought with conflict and a strange sense of justice that can only be experienced by going through a major ordeal like war. If you like this book, you should also read something by David James Duncan, another Canadian writer by the name of Michael Crummey, or the Watson Trilogy by Peter Matthiesen.
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msrichter, January 2, 2011 (view all comments by msrichter)
This book has all the components of a well written story. A story of culture, history and war, with marvelous character development and language.
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TODD COX, January 22, 2010 (view all comments by TODD COX)
Best ever read.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780143037071
Author:
Boyden, Joseph
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
War & Military
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20060431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8.22x5.08x.65 in. .57 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by , In part inspired by the legend of Francis Pegamahgabow, the great Indian sniper of World War I, this novel is an impeccably researched and beautifully written story about two friends who become snipers--a searing reminder about the cost of war.

"Synopsis" by , In this powerful and mesmerizing debut, Joseph Boyden reinvents the tradition of Great War epics like All Quiet on the Western Front and Birdsong. It is 1919 and Niska, an Oji- Cree medicine woman, has left her home in the bush of northern Ontario to retrieve Xavier Bird, her only relation, who has returned from the trenches of Europe. Gravely wounded and addicted to morphine, Xavier recounts how he and his best friend, Elijah Whiskeyjack, prowled the battlefields as snipers of enormous skill—and how the circumstances of their deadly craft led them to very different fates. Told with unblinking focus, this is a stunning tale of brutality, survival, and rebirth that marks the arrival of a prodigious new talent.
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