The two friends are selected to participate in a sniping competition.
The reader learns that Xavier is a more skilled sniper than Elijah but Elijah usually gets all of the credit.
As Niska slowly paddles her canoe on the three-day journey to bring Xavier home, travelling through the stark but stunning landscape of Northern Ontario, their respective stories emerge—stories of Niska’s life among her kin and of Xavier’s horrifying experiences in the killing fields of Ypres and the Somme.
Canadian Booksellers Association Libris Award for Fiction Book (2006), Canadian Authors Association Award for Fiction (2006), Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize (2005), Mc Nally Robinson Aboriginal Book of the Year Award, First Novel Award (2005) I got chatting to someone at a Starbucks the other day who was reading this book to see whether it was appropriate for students studying First Nations people.
Even though both Elijah and Xavier become expert snipers and soldier, Elijah’s reputation is more recognizable and Xavier finds himself living in Elijah’s shadow.
At one point Xavier observes that “Elijah’s shadow has become part of me.
Unformatted text preview: men and how he is perceived as charismatic and outgoing (he does this to gain attention from other)-When Xavier gets the German gun and Xavier is jealous of the attention he receives and want the gun for him self-When Elijha kills the women “by mistake” and doesn’t report is because he doesn’t want to lose respect from his fellow peers and be frowned upon PARAGRAPH TWO 2) Elijha use of enemy kills to attain respect from his fellow army men -When Elijha collects the hair clippings from the people he killed proving his kills (the hair clippings act as a trophy)-When Elijha talks about beating Peggys number of kills (Peggy works alone and he thinks that peggy should be more outgoing – I think) -NEED THIRD EXAMPLE...
It is 1919, and Niska, the last Oji-Cree woman to live off the land, has received word that one of the two boys she saw off to the Great War has returned.
Elijah spent his early years in a school run by nuns where he was meant to be assimilated into white Canadian society.
Xavier and Niska freed Elijah from the school and the two boys quickly become best friends.