Following Farley Mowat's bestselling memoir,
Otherwise, the literary lion returns with an unexpected
Eastern Passage is a new and captivating piece of
the puzzle of Farley Mowat's life: the years from his return from
the north in the late 1940s to his discovery of Newfoundland and
his love affair with the sea in the 1950s. This was a time in which
he wrote his first books and weathered his first storms of
controversy, a time when he was discovering himself through
experiences that, as he writes, "go to the heart of who and what I
was" during his formative years as a writer and activist.
In the 1950s, with his career taking off but his first marriage
troubled, Farley Mowat buys a piece of land northwest of Toronto
and attempts to settle down. His accounts of building his home are
by turns hilarious and affecting, while the insights into his early
work and his relationship with his publishers offer a rare glimpse
into the inner workings of a writer's career.
But in the end, his restless soul could not be pinned to one place,
and when his father offered him a chance to sail down the St.
Lawrence, he jumped at it, not realizing that his journey would
bring him face to face with one of Canada's more shocking secrets -
one most of us still don't know today. This horrific incident,
recalling as it did the lingering aftermath of war, and from which
it took the area decades to recover, would forge the final
tempering of Mowat as the activist we know today.
Farley Mowat grows wiser and more courageous with each passing
year, and Eastern Passage is a funny, astute, and
moving book that reveals that there is more yet to this fascinating
and beloved figure than we think we know.