Friday, May 17, 2013

The Weekly Book Question- Your favourite Farley Mowat books

Farley Mowat has been almost as controversial as he has been prolific. But as I'm trying to keep the Weekly Book Questions on a positive note, I'll focus on the latter, prolific side of things. This week's Weekly Book Question:  
What is your favourite Farley Mowat book of all time? 

How the voting works: You may vote for up to three books, but please indicate your 1st, 2nd, and 3rd choice. Your first choice will be assigned 6pts, your second will be 4pts, and your third 2pts. (If you pick more than one but don't indicate your favourite, I'll be assigning them a point based on the order you've told me your choices.)

To help you make your choice, here's Mowat's complete bibliography:

  • People of the Deer (1952; revised 1975) 
  • The Regiment (1955) 
  •  Lost in the Barrens (1956) (Also published as Two Against the North
  • The Dog Who Wouldn't Be (1957) 
  • Coppermine Journey: An Account of a Great Adventure Grey Seas Under: The Perilous Rescue Missions of a North Atlantic Salvage Tug (1959) 
  • The Desperate People (1959; revised 1999) 
  • Ordeal by Ice (1960) 
  • Owls in the Family (1961) 
  • The Serpent's Coil: An Incredible Story of Hurricane-Battered ships the Heroic Men Who Fought to Save Them (1961) 
  • The Black Joke (1962) 
  • Never Cry Wolf (1963) 
  • West-Viking (1965) 
  • The Curse of the Viking Grave (1966) 
  • Canada North (1967) 
  • The Polar Passion (1967) 
  • This Rock Within the Sea: A Heritage Lost (1968) 
  • The Boat Who Wouldn't Float (1969) 
  •  The Siberians (1970) 
  •  Sibir: My Discovery of Siberia (1970) 
  • A Whale for the Killing (1972, revised 2012) 
  • Tundra: Selections from the Great Accounts of Arctic Land Voyages (1973) 
  • Wake of the Great Sealers (1973) 
  • The Snow Walker (1975)  
  • Death of a People-the Ihalmiut (1975)
  • Canada North Now: The Great Betrayal (1976) 
  • And No Birds Sang (Farley Mowat) (1979, revised 2012) 
  • World of Farley Mowat (1980) 
  • Sea of Slaughter (1984) 
  • My Discovery of America (1985) 
  • Virunga: The Passion of Dian Fossey (1987) 
  • Woman in the Mists: The Story of Dian Fossey (1987) 
  • The New Founde Land (1989) 
  • Rescue the Earth!: Conversations with the Green Crusaders (1990) 
  • My Father's Son (1993) 
  •  Born Naked (1994) 
  • Aftermath: Travels in a Post-War World (1995) 
  •  The Farfarers: Before the Norse (1998 - Reprint 2000) 
  • The Alban Quest The Search for a Lost Tribe (1999) 
  • Walking on the Land (2000) 
  • High Latitudes: An Arctic Journey (2002) 
  • No Man's River (2004)
  •  Bay of Spirits: A Love Story (2006) 
  • Otherwise (2008) 
  • Eastern Passage (2010)


Barbara Bruederlin said...

I've really only read a handful of Farley Mowat books. Never Cry Wolf was the one that stuck with me the most, so it gets my vote.

John Mutford said...

I'll go with Lost in the Barrens. The fact that I still remember loving it, though it was read to me all the way back when I was in grade 4, says a lot. (Though I wonder if it would still hold up today!)

Nikki in Niagara said...

I've read Owls in the Family numerous times so that is #1.

2. Never Cry Wolf
3. Lost in the Barrens

raidergirl3 said...


2. Lost in the Barrens (I didn't like it much in gr 8 when we read it, but I still remember it, so it was memorable after all)

That's all I got for Mowat. He may be prolific, but I haven't read much by him. I thought I liked The Dog who Wouldn't be, but I tried to reread it recently and couldn't finish.

gypsysmom said...

#1 The Boat Who Wouldn't Float (hilarious)
#2 A Whale for the Killing (an indictment of the human race)
#3 People of the Deer (he was so young and passionate)

John Mutford said...

The results are in! (using the above votes and Twitter responses:

1st place: Lost in the Barrens
2nd place: Owls in the Family
3rd place: Never Cry Wolf
4th place: The Boat Who Wouldn't Float
5th place: A Whale for the Killing
6th Place: People of the Deer