The Kite

Paperback | August 27, 2005

byW.o. Mitchell

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W.O. Mitchell's critically acclaimed novel, The Kite, is a humorous yet touching story of a journalist's worst nightmare. Set in the Prairie backwater of Shelby, Alberta, seasoned reporter and minor television celebrity David Lang arrives to write a magazine feature on the town's oldest living citizen, the 111-year-old curmudgeon Daddy Sherry.

Still recovering from the disappointments of a fatherless childhood, the uptight David just wants to file his story as quickly as possible and hightail it back to Toronto. But he hasn't reckoned on the cantankerous cunning of Daddy Sherry. As David chases his recalcitrant subject all over town, he begins to understand the meaning of life and finds love and happiness for the first time.

This new edition of The Kite coincided with the publication of a newly discovered and never-before-published edition of the novel in audio format, featuring Mitchell's own reading. It also introduces a whole new generation of readers to the rampaging Daddy Sherry, a holy terror whom Margaret Laurence considered to be Mitchell's "best and most complete character."

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W.O. Mitchell's critically acclaimed novel, The Kite, is a humorous yet touching story of a journalist's worst nightmare. Set in the Prairie backwater of Shelby, Alberta, seasoned reporter and minor television celebrity David Lang arrives to write a magazine feature on the town's oldest living citizen, the 111-year-old curmudgeon Daddy...

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The Kite is W.O. Mitchell's hilarious and often poignant tale of a clever old man and the journalist he leads on a wild goose chase. Seasoned reporter David Lang arrives in Shelby, Alberta, to write a magazine feature on the town's oldest citizen, the 111-year-old curmudgeon Daddy Sherry. David wants only to file his story and hightail...

W.O. Mitchell is one of the most recognized Canadian authors of the last century. He was born in Weyburn, Saskatchewan in 1914, and during a varied career he was everything from a Depression hobo to the fiction editor of Maclean's. His best-loved book, Who Has Seen the Wind (1947) is hailed as the quintessential Canadian coming-of-age ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:215 pages, 8.41 × 5.51 × 0.6 inPublished:August 27, 2005Publisher:GOOSE LANE EDITIONSLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0864924372

ISBN - 13:9780864924377

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"Made memorable by the vibrant presence of Daddy Sherry, an irrepressible old maverick." — Michael Peterman, Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature