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Keeper'n Me

Keeper n Me When Garnet Raven was three years old he was taken from his home on an Ojibway Indian reserve and placed in a series of foster homes Having reached his mid teens he escapes at the first available op

  • Title: Keeper'n Me
  • Author: Richard Wagamese
  • ISBN: 9780385254526
  • Page: 440
  • Format: Paperback
  • When Garnet Raven was three years old, he was taken from his home on an Ojibway Indian reserve and placed in a series of foster homes Having reached his mid teens, he escapes at the first available opportunity, only to find himself cast adrift on the streets of the big city.Having skirted the urban underbelly once too often by age 20, he finds himself thrown in jail WhilWhen Garnet Raven was three years old, he was taken from his home on an Ojibway Indian reserve and placed in a series of foster homes Having reached his mid teens, he escapes at the first available opportunity, only to find himself cast adrift on the streets of the big city.Having skirted the urban underbelly once too often by age 20, he finds himself thrown in jail While there, he gets a surprise letter from his long forgotten native family.The sudden communication from his past spurs him to return to the reserve following his release from jail Deciding to stay awhile, his life is changed completely as he comes to discover his sense of place, and of self While on the reserve, Garnet is initiated into the ways of the Ojibway both ancient and modern by Keeper, a friend of his grandfather, and last fount of history about his people s ways.By turns funny, poignant and mystical, Keeper n Me reflects a positive view of Native life and philosophy as well as casting fresh light on the redemptive power of one s community and traditions.

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    1. Essay Response by: Cheyenne OgemahWabaseemoong School, OntarioGrade: 11NBE3C Comtemporary Aboriginal VoicesThe Traditions, Silence, and Life Within Everyone has new things to listen and learn from on a daily basis. Silence is important in both, but to ask questions is more important. To be thankful for the life we live is greater. In Richard Wagamese’s novel, Keeper ‘N Me, it teaches about the importance of learning, listening, silence, and every life within the land of the Ojibwe people. Wh [...]

    2. It is difficult to offer literary comment on a novel which is, in fact, the first published by Richard Wagamese, and second all but autobiographical.Certainly if one were to study Wagamese's work it would be easy to identify the promising talent of an emerging author with this his first published work. Keeper'n Me offers a great deal to the canon of Canadian literature. There is a deft handling of the idiom of language and dialect. He does create evocative images and settings. Wagamese certainly [...]

    3. There is a fantastic short story in Keeper'n Me. It's somewhere around page 260 if you're able to make it that far. It's a story good enough to be published in the New Yorker or a similarly legendary publisher of short fiction. The only problem is that Keeper'n Me is a 300+ page novel that is otherwise excruciating. So here's the one reason to read the book: 1. The great short story. And here are the five most important reasons to avoid Keeper'n Me like you'd avoid a skint friend who needs $1000 [...]

    4. My daughter gave me this book to read because I had rattled on so effusively about Joseph Boyden and Louise Erdrich's skills with story telling and the perspectives they offer in their stories. I am VERY happy she did! This book has left me feeling - and let's be honest, all books leave us with stirred up feelings of some sort - as though I have been given a gift. It is a beautiful book full of wise, gentle, and loving knowledge.Richard Wagamese has taken a story that readers would expect could [...]

    5. I have read many reviews of this book in which the reader either loved or hated this book. I have seen many denigrate it due to the lack of plot, unlikable characters and difficult to read dialect and I disagree with all of those reviews. It's important to read more than just the "great American novel"paradigm. To me, this book was a story of healing, a story of connecting with your roots, of connecting with the natural world. A " stop and smell the roses" reminder which we need in this is fast [...]

    6. I read this for my upcoming book club in September. It was a quick and enjoyable read. Seems like a lot of the books I've read lately have related to how I'm feeling about losing my Mum. Keeper 'n Me was a story about a man re-discovering himself as a native after being raised in white foster homes. All the connections he makes between the earth and nature and human life made so much sense to me with how I'm feeling.Nice book!

    7. This was such a beautifully written book. It was filled with so many tidbits of profound truth, honesty, and simplicity. I really didn't want it to end because I felt like reading it, having a glimpse into that reality, made me better.Richard Wagamese passed away while I was reading this. I hope he's flying with the eagles now. XO

    8. This book is wonderfully hilarious. It's a testament to inner spirit and the fundamental truth of finding yourself within the roots of family and traditions - when all odds are seemingly against it. Having very distant Cree in my family made this book a little more close to my heart as it somehow resonated within me - the unbreakable family ties and the family love and the sense of humor to get you through those days that seem interminably grey and sad. Not to mention the 'papoose telegraph' tha [...]

    9. For all its failings as a novel (lack of conflict, lack of plot, lack of relevant action, lack of subtlety, lack of likable characters) Keeper'n Me is a good sermon. It is politically correct and spiritually uplifting. What it lacks in romance, it excels in ritual to the point of becoming an interminable infomercial. Bursting at the seams with folk humour and wisdom, it teeters on the edge of parody, something the badly maligned (by Wagamese) CBC pulled off so much better with its "Dead Dog Cafe [...]

    10. I don't think I've ever disliked a book more than this one. Can I give a 0 star rating? There was absolutely no appeal to it whatsoever. So I'll sum it up in 3 simple points.3) The plot was boring. 2) The characters weren't loveable or memorable1) The grammar drove me insane! I don't care if it's done on purpose to mimic their normal dialect. If a book ends up published, there shouldn't be an overwhelming amount of spelling errors. The sentences should also make sense.This book is painful to rea [...]

    11. I really enjoyed this vision of life on an Ojibway reserve in Northern Ontario. Garnet Raven returns "home" after being placed in foster homes at age 3. After 20 years he learns who he is and where he came from. Strongly recommended if you are interested.

    12. Another outstanding story from Richard Wagamese. Most of the story takes place on a remote reservation in Northern Ontario.Steeped in Ojibway culture, its teachings are universal and its message timeless.

    13. Truly inspirational, I will revisit it often. The red road is a spiritual journey that is very appealing to me. Wagamese is a master in the art of story telling.

    14. ayearofbooksblog/2017/09/“See the important thing about our stories isn’t so much the listening, it’s the time you spend thinking about them. There’s lots of traditional thinking buried deep within each story and the longer you spend thinking about it the more you learn about yourself, your people and the Indian way”.Canada lost a national treasure, a storyteller who infused his writing with his heart, his soul and his lived experiences. If you have not already enjoyed The Medicine Wal [...]

    15. Garnet Raven was a victim of the '60s scoop ending up in Toronto where as an adult he ends up in a bit of trouble and does a stint in jail. He also develops his musical chops, and for lack of another identity, hangs out in the local black music scene. Eventually though, he longs to connect with his family of origin on the White Dog reserve in northern Ontario. He arrives there sporting an afro and platform shoes; a good joke for his family members on the reserve. But they, his mother and brother [...]

    16. I am such a Richard Wagamese fan that every time I pick up one of his books, I worry that this time I will be disappointed. Maybe someday but not this time!Keeper'n Me is about Garnet Raven who was taken from his family when he was very young. His life is a series of families to get used to. When he finally settles as a young adult, he's with a black family. He has a sense of belonging. I won't tell you how he ends up back home with his real family - you need to read the book for that. But the p [...]

    17. If this had been the first Richard Wagamese book I read, I'm not sure I would have read another, which would have been a shame. If you are thinking of reading Keeper 'n Me as your first Wagamese book, put it down right now and pick up Indian Horse or Medicine Walk, and experience the writer that he became over time. Keeper 'n Me has glimpses of the writer that was to come, but the story is unpolished, repetitive, and, at times, kind of boring. The book has value, in that I learned a lot about Oj [...]

    18. I am usually a big Wagamese fan but of the five books of his I have read I like this one the least. It starts off as funny and interesting story of a young man who grew up in foster care, relates to blacks, then discovers his Ojibway roots and moves back to his reserve. He is a townie who is a bit of a fish out of water in the bush town where his family lives. The story then turns to a series of situations where he tries to learn "Indyun ways". This is where the book gets rather repetitive and i [...]

    19. One of my favourite writings of Richard Wagamese, reading more like a memoir than a novel. This book very much gives testimony to the importance of seeking out our individual stories in the collective and connected narratives of life. As always, I love this author's descriptives of nature and people - rich and full in detail.

    20. Simple amazing. This was my introduction to Richard's work - I'm so grateful I "had" to read it for my Aboriginal literature class in university.

    21. Garnet Raven is a young Indigenous man that wants nothing to do with being Indian. He did everything he could to run from his identity and even told people that he was Asian, Hawaiian, anything but Indian. Garnets deep shame in himself and his people was a direct result of colonization. Garnet like so many Indigenous people were stolen from their homes and put into the child welfare system for no reason other than that they were Indigenous. The 60's scoop has had a profound effect on Indigenous [...]

    22. This book is incredible. This powerful narrative really shows some of the ways that displaced Native children have suffered due to the bigoted and harmful acts of the Canadian government. Richard Wagamese writes is such a way that you can practically taste the woodsmoke on the night air.

    23. While dealing with similar themes of identity, trauma, aboriginal heritage and inter-generational relationships/ community, this book has a cheerfulness and ebullience where his later books, Indian Horse, and Medicine Walk have gravity and stoicism. I guess I prefer the latter.This is a book about healing. It is one man's journey into reconnecting with his aboriginal identity and community, after having been taken away and raised in the foster care system. There is a lot of reflection along the [...]

    24. I originally read this book in 2002 as part of a college course, and it had an immense impact on me with an original rating of 4.5. I've kept it on my shelf, and as part of Read Harder 2017, I reread it along with I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and A Wrinkle in Time. Each of these books represent a particular time in my life, and the physical books I've lugged around with me with dog-eared pages (gasp!) and broken spines. Unfortunately, Keeper 'N Me has not held up to time. Perhaps because it i [...]

    25. When Garnet Raven receives a letter as he is serving a jail sentence, it turns out to be a lifeline for him. He had previously been on a downward path, floundering on the fringes of the homeless and druggies of downtown Toronto. His widowed birth-mother has been searching for him since he was taken from her at the age of 5 and with the help of his 3 siblings has been searching for him for many years. Garnet had been brought up by a series of foster families and had suffered a lot of unkindness f [...]

    26. This novel was one of Wagamese's earlier novels, about a young man, Garnet Raven, who was removed from his native family when he was very young, and taken into foster care. Garnet was shunted around from one foster home to another, and grew up without any connection to his culture. In his twenties he made a connection with a black man and was welcomed into his family in a way he'd never been welcomed into any foster home and began adjusting his identity around black culture. But a misstep in jud [...]

    27. A somewhat autobiographical account of a young Ojibway man Garnet Raven, who was snatched from his family & spent 20 years in a variety of foster homes & totally lost his identity & sense of self, until "adopted by a warm black family"in Toronto who make him feel good about himself for the 1st time. He then spent several years in jail for selling coke, before being contacted by his brother & invited to return to the home reservation at White Dog Lake in Northern Ontario near the [...]

    28. I read other reviews of Keeper'n Me and was a bit shocked to read that some felt like the story went "nowhere," had little plot, not enough beginning-middle-end. I have to disagree as this is a classic quest, the story of a man going home."Negative thinking and behaving takes you away from the place where your truth lives. Robs your spirit from you, starts you living opposite to yourself."When I think about all of the people who read Eckhart Tolle and new age/new earth novels, I wonder if people [...]

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