The Education of Augie Merasty

The Education of Augie Merasty: A Residential School Memoir  by Joseph Auguste Merasty with David Carpenter.

This book was published in 2015 and is the memoir of Augie Merasty who attended a residential school from 1935-1944. As are most books dealing with residential schools, this was a tough one to read. He talks about the Sisters and Brothers who were teachers/workers at the school, some of them kind and some of them terrible. I was glad to read that he had a few kind teachers of whom he can look back on with good memories. Other teachers were not so kind and treated these children horribly. Unimaginable!

As difficult as it is for me to read a memoir like this, it is a part of the history of this country that I call home. Every country has moments/experiences that they’d rather not talk or learn about. However, with all the hurt that occurred this is not a topic that should be avoided. It should be talked about and taught in schools. Hopefully with all this knowledge and discussion people can understand more about what happened, and those who were hurt can find healing.

Despite the serious and heavy subject matter, this is a short book…just over 70 pages. The introduction of the book describes how the author came to write and get this memoir published. He calls the author (Augie) a hero…for all that he went through and continued to live with throughout the rest of his life.

*My progress for the Canadian Book Challenge is 4/13.


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