I recognize the genius of writers like Margaret Atwood, Robertson Davies, Rohinton Mistry, and Michael Ondaatje, but I have to confess that over the decades I got the most pleasure from Farley Mowatt. He is no literary light, but he has the knack of telling a story in his own blend of fictionalized non-fiction.
I loved his The Dog Who Wouldn't Be, his outrageously funny tall tales of growing up with his nearly human dog in rural Saskatchewan.
]Never Cry Wolf was a fun read for the adventure and homage to wolves, despite the implausible biology of wolves surviving on rodents.
My favorites are his Grey Seas Under and The Serpent's Coil, which chronicles the heroic adventures of an ocean-going salvage company operating out of the Maritimes during and after World War 2.
I was also impressed and moved by his And No Bird's Sang, a memoir of his experience as an infantry private in Sicily during World War 2.
I hope to explore his semi-anthropological accounts of Arctic Inuit peoples, such as his first book, People of the Deer or his 2002 High Latitudes: An Arctic Journey. Am open to suggestions about the merits of other books in his long career.
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