I suppose I probably read The Dog that Wouldn’t Be first but as I aged I worked my way along, most memorably, to The Boat that Wouldn’t Float, Serpant’s Coil, and Grey Seas Under.
The Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, May. 07 2014, 12:34 PM EDT
Last updated Wednesday, May. 07 2014, 2:26 PM EDT
Farley Mowat, one of the elder statesmen of Canadian literature, has died five days short of his 93rd birthday, a publishing industry source confirmed.Mr. Mowat was a trickster, a ferocious imp with a silver pen, an ardent environmentalist who opened up the idea of the North to curious southerners, a public clown who hid his shyness behind flamboyant rum-swigging and kilt-flipping, and a passionate polemicist who blurred the lines between fiction and facts to dramatize his cause. Above all, he was a bestselling and prolific writer who kept generations of children (and their parents) spellbound by tales of adventures with wolves that were friendlier than people, whales in need of rescue, dogs who refused to cower, owls roosting in the rafters and boats that wouldn’t float.