W.O. Mitchell [PDF] Who Has Seen the Wind

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In everything from gophers to God from his feisty Irish grandmother to his friends Ben and Saint Sammy the town of Arcola's local madman Mitchell gives readers a most memorable glimpse into the ins and outs of small town life during the Depression years always through Brian's eyes and in doing so creates a poignant and powerful portrait of childhood innocence and its loss Jeffrey Canton. Holy hellA very Steinbeckian voice meets To Kill A Mockingbird Sad and beautiful Couldn t put it downWhere spindling poplars lift their dusty leaves and wild sunflowers stare the gravestones stand among the prairie grasses Over them a rapt and endless silence lies This soil is rich

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Who Has Seen the Wind

WP Kinsella has called Who Has Seen the Wind the uintessential novel of growing up on the Prairies Canada's Catcher in the Rye WO Mitchell who was born and grew up in small town Saskatchewan evokes the immensity of the landscape with a lyrical prose style from the ferociousness of the wind to the far reaches of the bright blue sky It's probably the most important Canadian novel of boyhoo. Aa coming of age during the Great DepressionIf it be a no brainer adventure or a plot full of relentless debauchery you re looking for I suggest you avoid this book entirely However if you seek a deeply touching novel of intelligence and substance indeed I urge you to read Who Has Seen The Wind It tells the story of a prairie boy s initiation into the mysteries of life as he discovers death God and the spirit that moves through everything the wind The plot details the little things in life that most of the masses overlook and accurately relates the expressions and deep feelings of a young person growing up during the Great Depression At the time I read it in school I could relate very easily to the primary character Brian O Connal The novel s greatest strengths lie in its sensitive evocations of Brian s feelings sometimes associated with his various experiences of death sometimes with a child s fundamental inarticulate but insistent curiosity to discover the world within and beyond himself I was lost in the character s maturation and progression as a person This book is truly one I will never forget WHSTW has definitely contributed to the way I looked at life in general as a young person at the time Promises in Tumble Creek you re looking for I suggest Mischief and Marriage you avoid this book entirely However if Blackmailed Into the Greek Tycoons Bed (International Billionaires, you to read Who Has Seen The Wind It tells the story of a prairie boy s initiation into the mysteries of life as he discovers death God and the spirit that moves through everything the wind The plot details the little things in life that most of the masses overlook and accurately relates the expressions and deep feelings of a Her Husbands Christmas Bargain young person growing up during the Great Depression At the time I read it in school I could relate very easily to the primary character Brian O Connal The novel s greatest strengths lie in its sensitive evocations of Brian s feelings sometimes associated with his various experiences of death sometimes with a child s fundamental inarticulate but insistent curiosity to discover the world within and beyond himself I was lost in the character s maturation and progression as a person This book is truly one I will never forget WHSTW has definitely contributed to the way I looked at life in general as a The Geography of Witchcraft young person at the time

review Who Has Seen the Wind

D Mitchell used memories of his own childhood to create the world of Brian O'Connal balancing a finely drawn sense of humour with a delicate nostalgia for a world that had already been lost even as Mitchell wrote about it in the aftermath of the Second World War Like children everywhere Brian is curious about everything and the author allows him to freely explore his prairie world taking. July 27th 2013 I m reading this book for my summer English class so I m not expecting to like it I will however try to keep an open mind about it and I ll give it my best shot Here we goUpdate July 29th About halfway through the novel now As expected I m not really liking it at all I ll admit it s not bad in the sense that I want to smash my face in with an anvil and the writing isn t too shabby It s just so boring There is no plot at all There s no story no conflict just a little boy and his psychotic friends killing gophers and philosophising about God while the narrator goes on and on about Saskatchewan scenery which is ahem excuse me NONE IT S FLAT THERE IS NOTHING THERE NOTHINGNeedless to say I am so confusedUpdate July 31st I take back what I said before This was a bad book A bad bad bad book Horrible dry prose mentally unstable characters and distant narration that keeps me from relating to or feeling sympathy for any of the characters just made this book a terrible reading experience The only characters I liked in the entire novel were Miss Thompson and Mr Digby and their subplot was the only one I found interesting Everything else was just irritatingly slow and positively drowning in imagery I don t care if this is a Canadian classic it s just a bad bookPlease excuse me while I read some Kenneth Oppel I ve lost faith in my country s literature and I need to restore that faith


10 thoughts on “Who Has Seen the Wind

  1. says:

    It had something to do with dying; it had something to do with being born Loving something and being hungry were with it too He knew that much now There was the prairie; there was a meadow lark a baby pigeon and a calf with two heads In some haunting way the Ben was part of it So was Mr DigbyThanks to my cross Atlantic flight which kept me in a seat for hours with little distraction I finished reading the Canadian classic that is Who Has S

  2. says:

    I am still recovering — years hence—from being beaten into submission by this book by my grade 11 English teacher whom I

  3. says:

    Aa coming of age during the Great DepressionIf it be a no brainer adventure or a plot full of relentless debauchery you’re looking for I suggest you avoid this book entirely However if you seek a deeply touching novel of intelligen

  4. says:

    Feathering lazily crazily downloosed from the hazed softness of the sky the snow came to rest in startling white bulbs on the dead leaves of the poplars webbing in between the branches Just outside the grandmother's room where she lay uite still in her bed the snow fell soundlessly flake by flake piling up its c

  5. says:

    July 27th 2013 I'm reading this book for my summer English class so I'm not expecting to like it I will however try to keep an open mind about it and I'll give it my best shot Here we goUpdate July 29th About halfway through the novel now As expected I'm not really liking it at all I'll admit it's not bad in the sense that I want

  6. says:

    I first read Who Has Seen the Wind in school when I was about 13 back in the late 1970's It was the first book that truly touched my soul Reme

  7. says:

    Holy hellA very Steinbeckian voice meets To Kill A Mockingbird Sad and beautiful Couldn't put it downWhere spindling poplars lift their dusty leaves and wild sunflowers stare the gravestones stand among the prairie grasses Over them a rapt and endless silence lies This soil is rich

  8. says:

    Brian O'Connal is a little boy living on the Canadian Prairies with his parents his grandmother and younger brother Bobbie This is a gentle and touching look at his early years in a small town where everyone knows everyone else and it's hard for a boy to get away with anythingThe authour takes us inside Brian's home life and school life his

  9. says:

    A book bathed in the golden sunshine of a sepia tinted childhood This is a novel touched with a magic few authors can compete with Whatever world Mr Mitchell inhabited we are all blessed that he translated it to th

  10. says:

    This is a stunning book I can think of few others which have conveyed such a strong sense of time and place while still maintaining the universality of their themes For the majority of its 300 pages it is a deeply affecting and often humorous coming of age story I read these with an involuntary smile on my face interrupted only by

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