Mowat, Farley

Writer and bon vivant who devolved into a children’s writer-possibly under the strain of serious research. During the height of the cold war in the 1960s he was permitted inside Russia, but merely asked where the best bars were. The credibility of his research has been questioned by Saturday Night magazine, which may or may not be worrisome in light of that magazine’s willingness to excerpt anything written by Elspeth Cameron, including her recent half-cooked lesbian revelations, as gospel truth. Even if Mowat spent only 30 minutes dancing with wolves and living with aboriginals, Never Cry Wolf, and People of the Deer are perfectly readable books for young adults almost a half-century after they were written.

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