Farley : the life of Farley Mowat /
James King.
1st ed.
Toronto : HarperFlamingo Canada, 2002.
xviii, 397 p. : ill.
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Toronto : HarperFlamingo Canada, 2002.
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"A Phyllis Bruce book".
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2002-12-16:
Mowat, the octogenarian writer who has probably sold more books than any other Canadian author, is for many not an easy person to like. English professor King, the author of a biography of Virginia Woolf among others, generally gives Mowat the benefit of the doubt in this authorized life. Mowat, whose 38 books include novels, wilderness adventures and chronicles of indigenous peoples' struggle to survive, has been accused of exaggerations or outright falsehoods in his nonfiction books. King recognizes the existence of some blurred lines, but suggests that Mowat's books relate essential truths even if they stray from strict adherence to fact. Mowat lived all over Canada during childhood as his cold, eccentric librarian father sought new experiences; Mowat continued his treks as an adult, moving where he wanted when he wanted, demonstrating less than full sensitivity to the needs of his two wives. The second, Claire, stuck with him, though; King's lively portrayal of her is one of the biography's strengths. Mowat's moodiness can be dizzying, as King suggests by calling the section covering the years 1977-1984 "Prophet of Doom," then titling the section from 1984 through today "Keeper of the Faith." King makes the case that Mowat's legacy is on balance positive, as he has provided millions of readers with a blueprint for global salvation in a polluting age. The answer is basically this-those living on the land or at sea must live in peace with nature, and must win over those who are not doing so. King suggests convincingly that Mowat has found redemption for his personal sins through his writing. B&w photos. (Jan. 10) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Appeared in Library Journal on 2003-01-15:
King, who has previously written an acclaimed biography of Virginia Woolf, offers this engaging biography of Canadian writer Mowat, who at 82 is still going strong and will publish his 39th book next spring. Mowat is best known as an advocate for environmental and animal rights and as author of such titles as Never Cry Wolf, A Whale for the Killing, and the speculative history titles Westviking and The Farfarers, which whipped academics into a frenzy at the time of their publication. King recounts Mowat's life from his experience in college to his service in World War II and his work in the Northwest Territories as a student biologist. The emerging portrait is of a man whose evolution as both an environmentalist and an artist was profound, an activist who has never backed away from a controversy. The exploration of Mowat's life is detailed but never boring; the subject cooperated with King, which has resulted in an excellent biography that is recommended for all libraries.-Ron Ratliff, Kansas State Univ., Manhattan
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Quill & Quire, July 2002
Globe & Mail, August 2002
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