- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0811731863
- ISBN-13: 978-0811731867
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.3 x 22.2 cm
- Shipping Weight: 340 g
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,384,909 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
A Whale For The Killing Paperback – 1833
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About the Author
FARLEY MOWAT began writing for a living in 1949 after spending two years in the Arctic. He has lived in or visited almost every part of Canada and many other lands, including the distant regions of Siberia. He is author of 39 books, including People of the Deer, Never Cry Wolf, Sea of Slaughter, The Snow Walker, And No Birds Sang, and No Man's River. With sales of more than 14 million copies in 25 languages, Farley Mowat is one of Canada's most successful writers. He and his wife, Claire Mowat, divide their time between Ontario and Nova Scotia. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Farley Mowat's part in the story is rather extraordinary and I won't go into it in detail here, for fear of spoiling it. Suffice it to say that he becomes, as far as such a thing is possible, the trapped whale's guardian and broadcasts the story of its plight throughout the world. His relationship with the mammal develops in conjunction with his relationship with the townspeople of Burgeo and the local and provincial authorities. I would not like to call this a thrilling story, because that seems hardly appropriate, but it is a dramatic one whichever way you look at it. In the process of attempting to rescue the whale, Mowat (and now, through the book, us) learns a great deal more about human nature than he might have imagined he would, beforehand.
Farley Mowat has written innumerable books about wildlife, the environment and the Canadian wilderness in general. This is a book he scarcely planned to write but he brings to it all the skills of the writer who has practised his art over many years. It is a first-rate story about living on Earth in the twentieth century, and it should be widely read for the message it contains about the frailty of all existence.
Although the book takes place in Newfoundland it could have taken place anywhere in the world and with any animal or species. It is. indeed, a sad commentary on mankind. The ending of the book is not unexpected as one hears on the news on a daily basis incidents which there is no reason or rhyme for other than the bravado of mankind.
This is a must read if only to remind ourselves how indifferent to nature we are.
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