When an 80-ton Fin Whale became trapped in a lagoon near his Newfoundland home, Farley Mowat rejoiced: here was a unique chance to observe one of the world's most magnificent creatures up close. But some of his neighbours saw a different opportunity altogether: in a prolonged fit of violence, they blasted the whale with rifle fire, and scarred its back with motorboat propellers. Mowat appealed desperately to the police, to marine biologists, finally to the Canadian press. But it was too late. Mowat's poignant and compelling story is an eloquent argument for the end of the whale hunt, and the rediscovery of the empathy that makes us human.
About the Author
Farley Mowat was born in Belleville, Ontario, in 1921. He began writing upon his return from serving in World War II, and has since written 44 books. He spent much of his youth in Saskatoon, and has lived in Ontario, Cape Breton and Newfoundland, while travelling frequently to Canada's far north. Throughout, Mowat has remained a determined environmentalist, despairing at the ceaseless work of human cruelty. Yet his ability to capture the tragic comedy of human life on earth has made him a national treasure in Canada, and a beloved storyteller to readers around the world. His internationally celebrated books include People of the Deer, The Dog Who Wouldn't Be, Sea of Slaughter, and The Boat Who Wouldn't Float.
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A Whale for the Killing based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
The first 100 pages of this book are pretty much a history of Newfoundland and a history of whaling. The stage thus set, we then move into Mowat's account of what happened when a 70-foot Fin Whale became trapped in a small cove near his tiny Newfoundland town. All together it makes for an amazing, although in no way uplifting, tale, which is really a plea for help for the "whale nation." Written in the early 70's this book is now nearly 40 years out of date, and the information the author provides makes it seem that there must not be any rorquals left in the world today. After finishing this book I immediately went to Wikipedia to assure myself that there are still whales swimming our oceans.