Education Of Augie Merasty: A Residential School Memoir

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Item#: 9780889774575
Author Merasty, Joseph Auguste
Cover Hardback
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Named the fourth most important "Book of the Year" by theNational Postin 2015 and voted "One Book/One Province" in Saskatchewan for 2017,The Education of Augie Merastylaunched on the front page ofThe Globe and Mailto become a national bestseller and an instant classic.

A courageous and intimate memoir,The Education of Augie Merastyis 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 ofClearing the Plains

"A story in which our entire nation has an obscure and dark complicity." - David Carpenter, co-author ofThe Education of Augie Merastyand author ofThe Goldand other books

Short Description
A courageous and intimate chronicle of a young boy's life in an Indian residential school.

Table of Contents
A Note on the Text
Augie and Me: An Introduction, by David Carpenter
Map: Sturgeon Landing and other places discussed in this book

ONE -School Days, School Days
TWO -Hard Times
THREE -The Passion of Sister Felicity
FOUR -The Loves of Languir and Cameron
FIVE -Brotherly Love and the Fatherland
SIX -Father Lazzardo among the Children
SEVEN -Sister of the Night
EIGHT -Lepeigne
NINE -Revenge

Conclusion

Afterword by David Carpenter
Postscript by David Carpenter
Study Guide
Acknowledgements