The Education of Augie Merasty

Narrated by Lorne Cardinal
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Pub Date 15 Mar 2022 | Archive Date 08 May 2022

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Named the fourth most important “Book of the Year” by the National Post in 2015 and voted “One Book/One Province” in Saskatchewan for 2017, The Education of Augie Merasty launched on the front page of The Globe and Mail to become a national bestseller and an instant classic.

A courageous and intimate memoir, The Education of Augie Merasty is the story of a child who faced the dark heart of humanity, let loose by the cruel policies of a bigoted nation.

A retired fisherman and trapper who sometimes lived rough on the streets, Augie Merasty was one of an estimated 150,000 First Nations, Inuit, and Metis children who were taken from their families and sent to government-funded, church-run schools, where they were subjected to a policy of aggressive assimilation.

As Augie recounts, these schools did more than attempt to mould children in the ways of white society. They were taught to be ashamed of their heritage and, as he experienced, often suffered physical and sexual abuse.

But even as he looks back on this painful part of his childhood, Merasty's sense of humour and warm voice shine through.

“In this book I have seen horror through eyes of a child.” — James Daschuk, author of Clearing the Plains

“A story in which our entire nation has an obscure and dark complicity.” — David Carpenter, co-author of The Education of Augie Merasty and author of The Gold and other books

Named the fourth most important “Book of the Year” by the National Post in 2015 and voted “One Book/One Province” in Saskatchewan for 2017, The Education of Augie Merasty launched on the front page...

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ISBN 9781773058955
DURATION 3 Hours, 4 Minutes

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TW: Sexual Abuse
TW: Childhood abuse
(unfortunately you should have known that from the title)

This is a really hard book to review.

A very powerful and important story. Augie's story need to be heard and remembered I am glad for the re-issue of this book and an audiobook version so this is widely available. This is a short story that packs a heck of a punch. Taken from his family and forced into a Christian school where they stripped away everything that he knows and forces him to believe and live in a way that buries where he comes from and who he is.

I bought this book for the library and think it needs to be in your library collection!

David Carpenters narration was well done.

There is a study guide at the end and I truly think this book would be good for book clubs and discussions. The paper book is only about 100 pages and the audiobook runs 3 hours that makes this book accessible to all readers.

I received this book from the publisher Bespeak Audio Editions and NetGalley for a fair and honest review.

4 stars

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