Author: Joseph Boyden
First Published: 2005
ISBN: 0143017861 (ISBN13: 9780143017868)
Review by Catalin Avram
Three Day Road is wartime narration and a sad story of the atrocities of the first world war. It follows two parallel narrations of Xavier Bird, a Oji-Cree boy who returned wounded from war. In one narration it describes the horrible encounters of tranche fighting and how some of his friends coped with the war and the second narration describes the long, three day road, taken by the boy and his last living relative back to Northern Ontario on a canoe. He is heavily addicted to morphine and falls in and out of consciousness. The are great comparisons between the beautiful and serene scenery seen from the canoe and the brutal landscape of war in trenches.
“We all fight on two fronts, the one facing the enemy, the one facing what we do to the enemy.”
What I learned from this book:
War is bad, not only on the loosing side, but on anyone who is involved in any way, shape or form.