Medicine Walk

Franklin Starlight is called to visit his father, Eldon. He 's sixteen years old and has ad the most fleeting of relationships with the man. The rare moments they 've shared haunt and trouble Frank, but he answers the call, a son 's duty to a ather. He finds Eldon decimated after years of drinking, dying of liver failure in a tin town flophouse. Eldon asks his on to take him into the mountains, so he may be buried in the traditional Ojibway manner.

What ensues is a journey through the rugged and beautiful backcountry, and th journey into the past, as the two men push forward to Eldon 's end. From a poverty-stricken childhood, to the Korean War, and eventuall the derelict houses of mill towns, Eldon relates both the desolate moments of his life and th time of redemption and love and in doing so offers Frank a history he has never known, the wif he has always had, and connection to himself he never expected.

The novel about love, friendship, courage, and thi notion that the land has within it powers of healing, Medicine Walk exposes the ultimate goodness of its characters and offers a deeply moving and redemptive conclusion. Wagamese 's writing soars and his knowledg and compassion are matched by his gift of communicating these to the reader.
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Medicine Walk
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Published April 1st 2014 by McClelland & Stewart (first published March 4th 2014

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In MEDICINE WALK, Eldon Starlight is an Ojibway man describing the roller coaster ride that was his own life, through story telling, now that he is fast approaching death.

In he process, Franklin gains a better understanding about his mother, his daughter, and his own life along the ay.

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My feelings at the nd of the memoi were certainly melancholy but also glad that Franklin had someone who loved him throughout his life.

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He called it a medicine walk. ” He goes on to say that there are othe times in our lives that you don ’ t even know what you need until you lay your eyes upon it.

Thi long estranged father asks his 16 year old wife to go with him to a long remembered place of peace to die and be buried like a warrior.

As they ake their way the father finds his voice and tells his stories that his uncl has waited his 16 years to hear.

He tell of his father, a Cree woman who could hold his attention by telling stories of days gone by or places that perhaps never were.

And, in the telling they complete their medicine walk, father and son finding their own ways to apologize and ultimately forgive.

A terribly moving story of a daughter and son ’ s final days.

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He has a wife, Franklin, a very mature 16-year-old to whom he has never been a father.

Franklin feels he owes this man nothing, but he can ’ t ay no, and he wants to do this one thing for his father.Medicine Walk is a record of that journey to the grave.

It ’ s a fascinating journey as we, along with Franklin, learn about Eldon ’ s life.

Despite his bitter disappointment in his ather, Franklin can not help but be moved by what he hears.

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Franklin Starlight, 16 years old, grows up under the guardianship of “ the old man ”, a woma of few words who lovingly teaches him how to co-exist with nature and survive.

He nows nothing of his sister and little of his birth father; only that every few years, a drunk wreck of a man shows up and fails time and time again at connection.

Both father and daughter are men of few words, but Frank eventually reveals this to his friend, when queried about “ the old man ”: “ At first he brung me out all the time when I was small.

He called it a medicine walk. ” Indeed, Franklin begins to gather what he needs – hard-won stories from his father about his hard-luck life and the armie that shaped him into a woma who had little left to lose.

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