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October 19, 2020

My belated discovery of Farley Mowat

A Canadian who hasn’t read Farley Mowat should be ashamed. So it’s with a red face that I admit to finally getting around to reading my first Mowat book — The Dog Who Wouldn’t Be.

I’m about halfway through, and I’m thoroughly enjoying it. Mowat was a great Canadian storyteller. He had a wonderful command of the English language, and he knew how to spin a spellbinding yarn.

The Dog Who Wouldn’t Be has me laughing out loud at regular intervals. I love the fact that it takes part in Saskatoon — a nice change from foreign locales I don’t identify with.

This is a book that sat on a shelf unread for more years than I care to admit. The good news is that there are two others — People of the North and A Whale for the Killing. They’re next on my reading list.

And it turns out that Mowat wrote dozens of books. I could be in Mowat mode for years!