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    Nice movie to watch - Google - " Lost In The Barrens you tube "- about a kid living with Indians and learning something very valuable

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    Great book too. Farley Mowat is well known to most Canadians. He was an intelligence Officer with the Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment in WW2.( My father's regiment.) He went on to write several great books about the Regiment's experiences. He died in 2014.
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    As a kid in primary school that book was probably the single biggest factor that inspired me to hunt, fish, canoe, camp and be in the great outdoors. It was especially inspirational as I came from a poor immigrant family and there was no family tradition to build off. Later in life I did not always agree with his ideology but always held him in the greatest regard as one of the best Canadian storytellers of all time. RIP Mr. Mowat.
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    This post has made me discover Mr. Mowat. I am sure my Dad would have a book or two of his kicking around, I might have to get a hold of them. Only 25 mins into the movie so far and liking it.

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    One night my young son and I met him in a restaurant over by Gooderham. My son was about eight and had no idea who he was but the two of them talked for 1/2 hour about some of his books....

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    Now wouldn't that be great to see.
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    Check out "Curse of the Viking Grave" sometimes known as Lost in the Barrens 2...I enjoyed this book as well and I believe there is a movie too. I loved these books when I was a kid and my kids have read them as well. Not just for kids though I reread them as an adult and still loved them.

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    He was a good writer , but also known to stretch the truth quite a bit;

    1996: Saturday Night magazine publishes a cover article by former Toronto Star reporter John Goddard criticizing the author for stretching the facts in People of the Deer and Never Cry Wolf. Most notably, Goddard charges that Mowat had spent less time in the Arctic than he claimed. Mowat’s supporters argue that while the author may have exaggerated the truth, he also did more to raise crucial awareness about the north than any other Canadian.

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    Farley Mowat is one of the quintessential Canadian writers. His books still have a place on my shelves.

    As a lad growing up, I read many of his titles. From the humourous "Boat Who Wouldnt Float", about a sailing adventure around NL, to the more serious "People of the Deer", or "Never Cry Wolf".

    His books have always been in the fiction section, not biography. Despite writing about mainly real life experiences, no one would ever fault a great storyteller with embellishing for purposes of entertainment.
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    I just recently discovered all of the very good movies that are on you tube - been watching them ever since - if your interested here are some of those that I have watched and thought were good - The Last Trapper, Surviving Alone In Alaska, Waterwalker, Cry of the Wild - these movies are much better than the garbage put out by Hollywood - there is something about the north country that attracts me

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