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Born Naked: The Early Adventures of the Author of Never Cry Wolf (1993)

by Farley Mowat

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Boyhood in Woods of Ontario - good - the Other Loves — animals, birds, etc
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Farley Mowat's youth was charmed and hilarious, and unbelievably free in its access to unspoiled nature through bird-banding expeditions and overnight outings in the dead of winter. The author writes of sleeping in haystacks for survival, and other adventures, with equal shares of Booth Tarkington and Jack London.
  christinejoseph | Feb 27, 2016 |
We hear much of Barry Lopez and, in Canada, read a multitude of books by the hyper-productive Pierre Berton. But Farley Mowat was the better writer and also spoke up nobly and proudly for nature and against hypocrisy. A beautiful memoir of a great naturalist's early years, followed later by his second memoir, Otherwise, this volume ( )
  Muzzorola | Dec 21, 2014 |
An entertaining account by Farley Mowat of his first 12 years growing up free and wild in cities in Ontario and in the wilds of Saskatchewan. His was an unusual, colorful and adventurous family (and his father was a librarian!) that allowed him the freedom to discover nature that would be his life-long passion. ( )
  lindap69 | Apr 5, 2013 |
Some of the stories in this book will be familiar to fans of Farley Mowat, but this autobiography covering the first sixteen years of his life also contains many new episodes. Born in 1921, Farley Mowat lived in southern Ontario and also Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, with his parents. His father worked as a librarian much of this time.

For a Mowat fan, this book was fun to read. The descriptions of life on the prairie during the Great Depression were vivid, but seen through the eyes of a young boy who had few cares. The end of the book, just before the Mowats move back to Ontario when Farley is 16, seems abrupt. ( )
  Pferdina | May 23, 2008 |
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In Mr. Mowat's Canada of the 1920's and 30's, there seems to be time and space enough for everyone; his family is never pitted against his friends, his love of nature is never pitted against his love of man.
 
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Now, God be thanked, those were happy days and we had enough sense to savour them while they lasted.
Angus Mowat
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For my companions of those years, both human and otherwise; and also, with a tip of my bonnet, for Peter Davison, who has guided my work for, lo, these many years.
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On a cloudless day in 1950 my father boarded a Trans-Canada DC-3 at Toronto's Malton Airport.
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Farley Mowat's youth was charmed and hilarious, and unbelievably free in its access to unspoiled nature through bird-banding expeditions and overnight outings in the dead of winter. The author writes of sleeping in haystacks for survival, and other adventures, with equal shares of Booth Tarkington and Jack London. He also brings back Mutt, the famous hero-dog of his classic THE DOG WHO WOULDN'T BE, and his pet owl Wol, hero of OWLS IN THE FAMILY. The tale of an outrageous and clever boy, BORN NAKED takes its place as the foundation of the Farley Mowat canon.

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Farley Mowat's outrageous memoir begins with his unlikely conception in a canoe and continues to his boyhood fascination with creatures of the natural world and on to his youthful rambles and adventures. To his immense pleasure and his parents' dismay, he adopted various beasts (whom he affectionately calls ""The Others"") as roomates. In this boyhood memoir, he recounts the exploits of this second family, who have been the subjects of many of his beloved books for young readers. This is the tale of a mischievous, immensely gifted young naturalist, recounted with the wisdom, humour and gr.… (more)

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