Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden.

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The moving story of two Cree Indians from Moose Factory Canada: who became snipers in the Great War.
An intense description of trench war interspersed with an account of what it was like being Indians, forcibly taken as children, from their families. Then ‘educated’ as Canadians with knowledge of their own ways and language forcefully eradicated.

“Taking the Three Day Road”, a traditional Cree reference to dying, is given a new meaning by the narrative of Niska, an aunt to one of the men. She escaped from the education system and carried on her life as an Oji-Cree medicine woman, but is now trying to bring one of the two home on his return from the front. He is physically and mentally wounded by his experiences; she is determined to save him.

In Remembrance of the Great War:

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

John McCrae, May 1915

6 thoughts on “Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden.

  1. I fear sold out to everyone! Darn, even I’d’ve liked one. Faint chance the Post Office might have but not counting on it.

  2. This year the Canadian mint issued two incredible coins: a quarter with a bright red poppy emblazoned on it, almost the full size of the coin; and on the “TOONY” ($2 coin) an engraved image of McRae writing the poem.

        1. 2015 Remembrance Coin Pack: In Flanders Fields and Poppy – was the set I was interested in.
          Seems to have been Canada only, which is what I would have liked so yes.

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