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Desperate People

by (author) Farley Mowat

Key Porter Books
Initial publish date
Jan 2006
Historical, General
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jan 2006
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In this impassioned sequel to People of the Deer, Farley Mowat describes a modern atrocitythe virtual genocide of the inland Inuit people, the Ihalmiut. How could this have occurred in the 20th century, in Canada, one of the most progressive societies in the world? The answer is simple: it was a tragedy brought on by an appalling series of errors, neglect, misunderstanding, disinterest and bureaucratic incompetence.

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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