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EaglechildHis attempt to cope the intelligent and sensitive young Rupert creates his own secret world in the woodlands of his father’s estate in Oxfordshire complete with a tipi and an imaginary Indian blood brotherIn while an undergraduate at Oxford Rupert encounters Clearvoice an year old Cree Indian “troublemaker” who has come to England to meet the “White ueen” He confronts the British Parliament and demands that it honour the treaty ueen Victoria made with his grandfather on the Canadian prairies in His visit is also the fulfilment of a Vision uest dream he experienced when he was sixteen years of ageAs Rupert emerges into manhood his search for an authentic role in the midst of these conflicting cosmologies is complicated by a corrupt official at the Canadian embassy in London whose scheming triggers a chain of shocking events that forces Rupert to re evaluate all his beliefs and loyaltiesThe s Eaglechild is a beautifully written novel vast in historical scope The type of saga that fully engages the mind and the spirit with overwhelming emotion It is different in content from any historical book that I've ever read before This is Victor O'Connell's fascinating first novel Rupert Carlos Griffin was the son of the 12th Earl of Ardun Charles Griffin of England and the Countess Dona Maria Concepción from Spain Their marriage was a matter of business The Earl was desperate for money and needed to marry an heiress The Countess wanted a child to inherit her estate and carry on her charitable works and beliefs Spain was where Rupert Carlos spent most of his adolescence He was a young nobleman son of the wealthy Countess His mother taught him to have an affinity and respect for the native peoples of the Americas and also for all types of spiritual beliefs She had a uniue relationship with the Mohawk and Cree Nations of Canada where she began and funded programs for women and children Sadly the Countess died when Rupert was twelve Rupert went to England to live with his father the Earl on the Estate of Ardun He loved Ardun and its rustic wooded setting where he built a tipi and played with his imaginary Indian brother Eaglechild He studied at Eton and then went on to Oxford The government agencies in Canada that ran the programs for Indians were corrupt If you knew how to play the game and Ray Mackie did one could make some money on the side Then their were what he saw as his fringe benefits; the many down and out Indian women who were desperate to make money The Native American Clearvoice was a Cree leader who had grown up on an Indian Reserve He'd been forced to go to the Jesuit white school where the teachers were expected to assimilate the Indians to white ways Clearvoice's father Swift Hunter encouraged him to learn and read English The Cree people needed one of their own who could translate Treaty No 6 of 1876 They had signed this treaty with the White Mother ueen Victoria She promised the treaty would last forever as long as the sun rises the river flows and the grass grows This is why the Cree knew they were a sovereign nation Only a sovereign people can make an agreement with another sovereign country Now that Canada was about to gain her independence from England what would happen to the Cree Nation's supposed sovereignty The coming together of these characters Rupert the Earl Charles Ray Mackie and the native leader Clearvoice in London in 1981 brings the mysteries in this novel to a clashing climax A grand sweeping together of four different cosmologies What happens when this occurs will shock you and forever touch your heart as it has mine This literary historical novel is an absolute must read for all fans of history or anything having to do with Native Americans I will definitely read it again because it is that powerful I am so very grateful to Victor O'Connell for asking me to read and review this book his exceptionally well written masterpiece Eaglechild

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Eaglechild Reader ç Download ✓ ❰BOOKS❯ ⚣ Eaglechild Author Victor O'Connell – Eyltransferservices.co.uk Rupert Carlos is the only son of an English Earl and a Spanish CountessThe Earl tries to persuade Rupert that the “Red Indians” of North America are the losers in the battle for survival because t Rupert Carlos Tory of the novel also features a Blackfoot Cree Holy Woman from Alberta and a Jesuit with Christian Marxist tendencies from Seville All these complex characters are swept up in mystery and suspense by a plot that twists and turns until the last page Although it is a modern story the first four chapters include references to than a hundred years of relations between Britain and the Indian nations told from both points of viewSet mainly inin England Canada and Spain it is fiction inspired by fact in a rich mixture of politics religion family and tribe It demonstrates how the search for personal identity and integrity can play a vital role in nation buildingThe novel is unusually long because it is two books in one Book consists of four chapters in which the main characters transport the reader into their four uite different cosmologies Book deals with the conflict between these four worlds between and A Story of Redemption from my review 15th September 2015Eaglechild is a novel about a boy of conflicting parentage who struggles to find his true heritage and in the course of a journey that extends from childhood to young adulthood discovers an unsettling truth about both his mother a fabulously rich Spanish Countess and his father a member of the British peerage who faces financial ruin and the loss of his ancestral homeIn a story that spans three generations and is set in Canada Great Britain and Spain the author captivates his reader with an inter generational cross cultural and class crossing drama of epoch proportions In crisp prose Victor O'Connell portrays a set of characters whose lives intersect in ways none of them could have imagined and with conseuences rife with disappointment melancholy and despair But also with hope as the novel's central uestion How might the native peoples of Canada recover and sustain their old ways approaches resolution in the coming of age of its main character Rupert CarlosIn the course of his journey of self discovery Rupert raised to be a proper English gentleman who one day will inherit the vast estate of his father Charles Griffith the 12th Earl of Ardun as well as the unimaginable fortune of his mother Dona Maria Concepcion is thrust into a maelstrom that includes deception chicanery political intrigue and even criminal conspiracy A richly imagined story of how two conuering empires one Spanish and the other British changed forever the lives of untold numbers of people European as well as indigenous Eaglechild reveals how the lives of two families were bound in a marriage of convenience that is played out against a background of the destruction of native culture forced assimilation residential schooling and the long struggle to reassert native rights in the country to which Rupert has an indelible connectionA beautifully written book Eaglechild is a deeply historical story set in a world that is yet current a world of false promises and broken treaties of the confrontation of aristocrats and commoners of the search for meaning and identity and of the tension between family honour and political expediency Deftly placed in the experience of particular individuals and their families it is also a timeless story that leaves the reader pondering his or her own destiny

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Rupert Carlos is the only son of an English Earl and a Spanish CountessThe Earl tries to persuade Rupert that the “Red Indians” of North America are the losers in the battle for survival because their cultures are weak and inferior He thinks of himself and his ancestors as swashbuckling Protestant capitalists He is proud of his family’s involvement in the Hudson’s Bay Company which colonised vast areas of Canada on behalf of the British EmpireHowever the Countess feels guilty because her aristocratic ancestors exploited los Indios since the times of Columbus She is a Catholic but open to an unorthodox belief in “natural priesthood” and other “ways of knowing” such as shamanism As such she wants to use her immense wealth her Spanish titles and her son’s future role in the British House of Lords to make restitution to the Indians of all the Americas from the Arctic to the AntarcticIn A novel that captured my mind and stole my heartThe central story is original imaginative and uniue It arrives at its satisfying climax in the very last line of this 722 page novel I was left with a sense of loss when there was no to read I had gotten to know in depth five or six main characters whose personal stories would make novels in themselves I don't think I will forget any of them First is Clearvoice a Cree “Red Indian” from the prairies of Canada He is introduced as a young boy and through his eyes we get to understand the crushing weight of the Whiteman's political and educational structure Eventually when he is 82 years of age we follow him to England where he goes to confront the ueen and Parliament to remind them of the treaties they made with his grandfather My favourite character is a Spanish Countess who is beautiful rich and shrewd with a profound interest in spirituality of all kinds Catholicism and shamanism and a mission to make restitution to the native peoples of the Americas for the harm done to them by her family for hudnred of years She is advised by a young intellectual Jesuit priest She interacts with an English Earl who has fallen on difficult times His family had a lot to do with the founding of Canada His thirst for money competes with his thirst for whiskey Then there is a bureaucrat a Scottish immigrant to Canada who rises through cunning to a position of power over the Indians He is manipulative and dishonest and creates the main crisis in the book no spoiler here which creates suspense and drives the tension of the plot The hero of the novel is Rupert Carlos the son of the Countess and the Earl He has an innocent yet informed love of Indians and has his own tipi on his father's estate in Oxfordshire The climax of the novel takes place in 1982 85 when Rupert is at Oxford University In addition to the human drama and the strong emotions the novel gives a well researched insight into the birth and development of Canada and the issue of the rights of indigenous peoples everywhere in the world The writing is sharp The descriptions of Canada Britain and Spain are evocative The dialogue is authentic This is a beautifully written and well presented novel of enormous scope which I highly recommend