The Written Works of Farley Mowat
If you’re not familiar with this writer, perhaps his best known books include his autobiography “Never Cry Wolf” and “Lost in the Barrens.” In 1983, “Never Cry Wolf” was adapted for film and kept the original title; it starred seasoned actor Brian Dennehy, amongst others.
I remember watching the movie “Never Cry Wolf” on VHS tape. I was proud of the Canadian landscapes shown in the scenes, as well as the knowledge that it was based on a Canadian’s story. Knowing that a Canadian writer’s story can be made into a major motion film (it was a Disney movie) is still a great motivation for me as a writer. It tells me that all things are possible, even living in a small Canadian city with a book idea in my head.
Awards of Author Mowat
Farley Mowat wasn’t new to the award circuit. His most recent achievement was getting a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame in 2010. Prior to that, the National Outdoor Book awarded him a Lifetime Achievement Award; it is important to note that the 2005 honor was the first and only time the non-profit organization awarded this particular honor. The Canadian writer won the 1956 Governor General’s Award for his “Lost in the Barrens” children’s book, which perhaps was the start of his journey to writing stardom.
Environmentalist to Honor
In addition to his literary achievements, author Farley Mowat was a lover of the outdoors. Much of his writing is tied to nature; he covered the Arctic very well, for example. Unfortunately, some of his nature descriptions led to controversy of him, with some people saying he was unrealistic in his writing or exaggerated facts. He described wolves in “Never Cry Wolf” as being gentle creatures, which didn’t sit well with some people.
Mowat will be remembered for the way he educated people around the world about the Canadian North. In addition, his memories contain his efforts to protect wildlife.
I hope that people continue to read the more than 40 books that Farley Mowat published and enjoy learning about the Canadian North that he often wrote about. May he rest in peace and be proud of the work he did over his 92 years.