Book Review: 

Through Black Spruce by Joseph Boyden


Through Black Spruce is an absorbing novel set in Ontario, Canada, written in the first person by a native Indian. The story explores the difficulties the Indians experience in dealing with modern life, but also incorporating an insight into life as it used to be in wilderness Canada. It is set variously in city, small town and wilderness, and covers the well known Indian problems of drink and drugs and the struggles of the younger generation trying to integrate into the contemporary world.

This book is a compelling, but not always easy, read and an interesting insight into the  fast disappearing culture of the North American Indians.


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