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Three Day Road

Three Day Road

A Novel

Book - 2005
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Cree Indians and best friends, Xavier and Elijah enlist in the Canadian Army in 1915, eager to become heroes. Seasoned hunters, the men become expert snipers, but their horrifying experiences serving in World War I will leave devastating impressions on each man's life.
Publisher: Toronto : Viking Canada, 2005
Branch Call Number: FICTION BOY
Characteristics: 354 p. ; 24 cm

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raychantler
Mar 22, 2021

My favourite book by Joseph Boyden. Couldn't put it down.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jul 28, 2020

As you can figure out from the title of the novel, this is a three-day road journey of Niska and Xavier Bird as they reminisce on their previous experiences in life. Three day road is a great novel to read when you want to learn more about World War 1. This novel displays many messages that encircle the themes of love, friendship, family and more. I definitely recommend this novel as it can develop your knowledge of the peril the soldiers were expose to and it shows the meaning of true love displayed by the characters towards each other. 3.5 out of 5
@Ashleyyy of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

My favourite part of this book was the historical values tied in. Set at the time of World War One, there was, of course, times of difficulty, pain, and despair – but this all led the healing of individual characters to be that much more meaningful. I enjoyed how each character developed and transformed throughout the novel, and how I was able to feel a connection between their stories. One thing that I didn’t like was how at times I felt that it was a bit slow-moving, and I was waiting for the conclusion to come! However, I would still recommend this book to other readers, especially those who are interested in history, as the storyline was well-developed, emotional, and overall satisfying.
@PenelopeScriptor of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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maryellenwilson
Sep 13, 2019

WWI; returning Canadian indigenous soldier -- his addiction to morphine & his redemptive trip home with his aunt. Beautiful -- the trench warfare descriptions are horrific!

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terber
Jan 18, 2019

You won't be able to pull away. Gut wrenching and beautifully written.

niigaanibinesi Aug 09, 2018

It would have been a great story if it was written by an Indigenous person and not a white person.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jul 24, 2018

The book three-day road by Joseph Boyden was a beautiful story about the lives of three Aboriginal people during the first world war. I thought that it was very informative and well written because it really gave you an opportunity to see what it was like to be an aboriginal during that time as there were many challenges that the characters faced, such as racism and the demise of their cultural identity. I would recommend this book to anyone aged 14 and up because there was some suggestive content in the book. I would give this book 5 out of 5 stars.
- @MissB148 of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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JHCL
Aug 05, 2017

recommended to me by a friend - i was not disappointed. reviews for this all over the internet so you don't need my synopsis - normally i am not a big fan of fiction but this one felt real. ww1 was long time ago but written in such a way that all feels very current. has some interesting 'residential schools' content that was illuminating (brought home the issue to me).

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Blabbermouth
Jul 09, 2017

Awful but vivid & gripping. Two Cree Indians part of the Canadian military force in the first world war.

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EthanMcCarthy
Jul 08, 2017

Absolutely brilliant! Tension throughout, very vivid imagery, brought an horrific experience to life, believable characters-fantastic read about trench warfare.

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mclarjh
Jul 05, 2017

Disappointing. Too long. Paper thin characters. Stilted prose.

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LukeTabidze
Jan 18, 2017

Sexual Content: There are a couple of chapters that contain brief, yet explicit sexual dialogue and behavior. Sexual innuendos are also used.

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LukeTabidze
Jan 18, 2017

Violence: Very graphic depictions of war violence; limbs blown off, intense gore, realistic injuries, etc.

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LukeTabidze
Jan 18, 2017

Coarse Language: Very offensive language is sprinkled throughout the novel.

nadian Jan 12, 2010

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

nadian Jan 12, 2010

Violence: Graphic descriptions of war violence and related injuries.

nadian Jan 12, 2010

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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AnamCara
Mar 29, 2008

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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LukeTabidze
Jan 18, 2017

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ConanTheLibrarian
Feb 13, 2014

ConanTheLibrarian thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

nadian Jan 12, 2010

nadian thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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Two Cree friends, Xavier and Elijah, leave northern Canada to end up in the horrific trenches of World War I. After the war, Xavier's elderly aunt Niska takes her wounded nephew back home to the bush in a canoe. Their trip is the three-day road of the title, which also refers to the journey taken after death.

EPLPicks_Teen Mar 24, 2010

Two Cree friends, Xavier and Elijah, leave northern Canada to end up in the horrific trenches of World War I. After the war, Xavier's elderly aunt Niska takes her wounded nephew back home to the bush in a canoe. Their trip is the three-day road of the title, which also refers to the journey taken after death.

LMOH Aug 26, 2009

This is the story of a damaged WW1 vet from Northern Ontario, and his aunt. The book alternates in the telling of their individual stories. The aunt hopes to heal her nephew by talking, and possibly Xavier, the nephew, will help his aunt with the telling of his.

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