Facing The Hunter

by David Adams Richards

Doubleday Canada | September 25, 2012 | Trade Paperback

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Hunting has not been a sport for David Adams Richards, but a way of life--and one to be celebrated and defended.

The woods have become a part of him. When he first entered them with a gun as a young boy he found "secret places that laid the framework of the template of my life." 

He had entered a world of danger, where the struggle for life and death was revealed at its rawest. And one, too, of immense beauty--of wilds, hills and streams. It was home to magnificent animals and to people who respected them and whose wisdom about nature was at least the equal of any city-dweller''s.

Facing the Hunter
is a memoir and a polemic and above all shows a writer at the height of his powers evoking the thrills and wonders of the land along the Mirimichi and Matapedia, the territory that has long informed his novels. Here we discover, in prose of unparalleled passion and beauty, what it has meant to David Adams Richards--the man as much as the novelist.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 224 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.67 in

Published: September 25, 2012

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 038567614X

ISBN - 13: 9780385676144

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Facing The Hunter

by David Adams Richards

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 224 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.67 in

Published: September 25, 2012

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 038567614X

ISBN - 13: 9780385676144

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I suppose the very first animal I saw killed and in the back of a truck was a bull moose, sometime in the early 1950s. The blacksmith who lived next door to us on Blanche Street shot it. My father at that time went hunting every year—and it caused much excitement when he left, and came back. I remember seeing his rifle standing in the hallway between the kitchen and living room. The fact that you needed to be strong to carry it around gave it credibility. And we knew instinctively that it was his rifle and not ours to touch.   He was a deer hunter mainly (he shot a deer on the day I was born, October 17, 1950). After a time, as it does with most people, hunting became a thing of his youth, and he put his rifle away, about the time I shot my first deer.   The men next door to us hunted until they were much older. A woman we knew, up near the first house I lived at, was a very great hunter. I remember the eight-point buck she shot. They took a picture of it for the paper with her standing alongside it. She went hunting mainly with her brother. Sometimes her brother went into the camp by himself for a week with no transportation. She was an unmarried lady, and of course much talking there was about her. But she was a good fisherman and a fine shot with a rifle. My aunt, my mother’s youngest sister, hunted birds in the fall. She too was an unmarried woman who lived up on a stretch of the Matapédia. She was away fishing in the spring of the year, and s
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Hunting has not been a sport for David Adams Richards, but a way of life--and one to be celebrated and defended.

The woods have become a part of him. When he first entered them with a gun as a young boy he found "secret places that laid the framework of the template of my life." 

He had entered a world of danger, where the struggle for life and death was revealed at its rawest. And one, too, of immense beauty--of wilds, hills and streams. It was home to magnificent animals and to people who respected them and whose wisdom about nature was at least the equal of any city-dweller''s.

Facing the Hunter
is a memoir and a polemic and above all shows a writer at the height of his powers evoking the thrills and wonders of the land along the Mirimichi and Matapedia, the territory that has long informed his novels. Here we discover, in prose of unparalleled passion and beauty, what it has meant to David Adams Richards--the man as much as the novelist.

About the Author

DAVID ADAMS RICHARDS has received numerous awards and prizes throughout his career, and is one of the few writers in the history of the Governor General''s Award to win in the categories of both fiction (Nights Below Station Street) and non-fiction (Lines on the Water). Mercy Among the Children won the Giller Prize in 2000 and was shortlisted for the Governor General''s Literary Award and the Trillium Award; it was a Canada Reads pick in 2009. The Friends of Meager Fortune (2006) won the Commonwealth Writers'' Prize for Best Book (Canada and Caribbean). His most recent books are God Is (2009) and the novel Incidents in the Life of Markus Paul (2011).

Editorial Reviews

Praise for David Adams Richards
"Richards displays a deep experience of the woods and of hunting. . . . He writes with easy authority . . . and leavens the mix with ghost stories and humour."
—National Post
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