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The Moccasin Telegraph and Other Stories

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  308 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
These comical Indian tales feature Silas Ermineskin, an eighteen-year-old trickster and storyteller who has a genius for irony and a talent for trouble
Paperback, 196 pages
Published November 6th 1985 by Penguin Books (first published 1983)
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Bonnie
Apr 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
My comment re: The Fencepost Chronicles by this author applies regarding this collection, as well.

Note also, that W.P. Kinsella won the George Woodcock Award for an outstanding literary career in BC; very recently, in fact: Spring 2009
Michael McCue
Jan 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
By the author of Field of Dreams, short stories set in a Canadian Reserve. Reserve is Canadian for Indian Reservation. Funny, sad, picaresque stories.
Heather
Jul 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
One of the funniest books I've ever read. This one is on my desert island list.
serprex
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow I didn't realize this is by the guy who did Shoeless Joe until just now seeing the author name, having remembered it from getting through it in eleventh grade. Read this before then. Came off totally different. Really good. Better. Had my sister read it. She liked it too. Stylistically I like how every story reintroduces recurring characters
Chrisl
Feb 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Going through my Canada tag-gees, saw Kinsella, and thought start here. Laugh out loud stuff.
Thinking about counting to 21.

Here's another review borrowed from an old-line library review outfit.

"KIRKUS REVIEW
Kinsella (Shoeless Joe) has, in Canada, published four collections of stories set, like this one, in the Cree Indian reserve town of Hobbema, Alberta. Here, the same basic cast of characters revolves through all the stories: Silas Ermineskin is the writer/narrator; there's a merry prankster a
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Calvin Daniels
Jul 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It took a bit to get into the cadence of speech here, but once in the rhythm this was just a great read.

Not all the stories have happy endings, a couple are left pretty open ended, but that does not detract from an excellent group of shorts.

Highly recommended.
Alethea Bothwell
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
More stories about the Indians. And it's not that I think it's cultural appropriation, or that he uses stereotypes - they actually sound a lot like Sherman Alexie (although it's been a while since I read Alexie) - it's just that they're sort of boring.
Carol
May 21, 2018 rated it liked it
I enjoyed these short stories, they were humorous and engaging. However, I was uncomfortable with the fact that it was a non-indigenous author writing stories about living on the reservation. It left me reluctant to absorb any potential insight about our indigenous people.
Jim
A nice collection of short stories, some humorous, others more serious, as Kinsella returns to the Erminskin world and takes on the troubles of reservation life and Indian-white relations. I really enjoy these stories.
Adam
Jun 10, 2012 added it
Trans-Siberian, book 2
Lindsey
Jul 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
The one with Prince Philip and the buffalo - hilarious!
Allan McLeod
Nov 01, 2016 rated it liked it
A charming and humorous collection of short stories of life on a First Nations (Indian) reservation in Western Canada's province of Alberta. I will read more from this author.
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William Patrick Kinsella, OC, OBC was a Canadian novelist and short story writer. His work has often concerned baseball and Canada's First Nations and other Canadian issues.

William Patrick Kinsella was born to John Matthew Kinsella and Olive Kinsella in Edmonton, Alberta. Kinsella was raised until he was 10 years-old at a homestead near Darwell, Alberta, 60 km west of the city, home-schooled by hi
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