The First World War was a uniquely horrific event in world history. It was truly the first of many things — first global warfare, first use of poison gas as a weapon, and first time that the Native peoples of Canada volunteered to fight for their country. Joseph Boyden tells the commanding story of Xavier and Elijah, two young Cree Indians, who travel far from their familiar bush to fight in the unfamiliar fields of Europe. They do not know the land nor the enemy, but they do know how to use their skills as hunters and trappers in this foreign environment. Two boys head out, but only one returns.
Niska, Elijah’s aunt, has picked up her wounded nephew and is paddling him home to the wild. Along the way, their two voices overlay each other and offer two perspectives: first, a close look at the facts and details of Indian life at a pivotal time of change and second, a powerful glimpse into the tragedy of war. Boyden explores the Indian experiences overseas alongside the reasons for the community’s voluntary participation in the war. His characters are vivid, the war scenes are dramatic, and the plotline grips the reader as it moves along.
This Bookclub-in-a-Box PDF discussion guide (89 pages) for Joseph Boyden's novel Three Day Road includes:
• Novel synopsis
• Author information
• Character analysis
• Focus points and themes
• Writing style and structure
• Important quotes from the novel
• Book club discussion questions
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