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Biography & Autobiography Literary

The Dog Who Wouldn't Be

Penguin Modern Classics Edition

by (author) Farley Mowat

McClelland & Stewart
Initial publish date
May 2017
Literary, Essays, Personal Memoirs
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    May 2017
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The uproarious true adventures of a dog who doesn’t understand that he’s a dog
Farley Mowat’s best-loved book tells the splendidly entertaining story of his boyhood on the Canadian prairies. Mutt’s pedigree was uncertain, but his madness was indisputable. He climbed trees and ladders, rode passenger in an open car wearing goggles, and displayed hunting skills that bordered on sheer genius. He was a marvellous dog, worthy of an unusual boy growing up in a raw, untamed wilderness. Charming and poignant, The Dog Who Wouldn’t Be paints a lively portrait of an unorthodox childhood and unforgettable friendship.

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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Editorial Reviews

“Hilarious and irresistibly engaging . . . the most remarkable dog in modern literature—perhaps any literature.” —The New York Times
“With a chuckle available on nearly every page, this is the perfect book to read aloud to the whole family.” —Nancy Pearl, “Morning Edition,” National Public Radio (USA)

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