Who Has Seen the Wind

Paperback | September 16, 2000

byW.o. Mitchell

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When W.O. Mitchell died in 1998 he was described as “Canada's best-loved writer.” Every commentator agreed that his best – and his best-loved – book was Who Has Seen the Wind. Since it was first published in 1947, this book has sold almost a million copies in Canada.

As we enter the world of four-year-old Brian O’Connal, his father the druggist, his Uncle Sean, his mother, and his formidable Scotch grandmother (“she belshes…a lot”), it soon becomes clear that this is no ordinary book. As we watch Brian grow up, the prairie and its surprising inhabitants like the Ben and Saint Sammy – and the rich variety of small-town characters – become unforgettable. This book will be a delightful surprise for all those who are aware of it, but have never quite got around to reading it, till now.

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One of the all-time classics of Canadian literature, Who Has Seen the Wind has enchanted readers for decades with its powerful story of a boy’s childhood in the prairies. Young Brian, with a youthful spirit both innocent and questioning, observes the social rituals of a small town and their contrast with the primal force of nature....

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When W.O. Mitchell died in 1998 he was described as “Canada's best-loved writer.” Every commentator agreed that his best – and his best-loved – book was Who Has Seen the Wind. Since it was first published in 1947, this book has sold almost a million copies in Canada. As we enter the world of four-year-old Brian O’Connal, his father the...

W.O. Mitchell, the only Canadian author recognizable by initials alone, was born in Weyburn, Saskatchewan in 1914. Educated at the University of Manitoba, he lived most of his life in Saskatchewan, Ontario, and Alberta, where for many years he was the most renowned resident in High River. He and his wife, Merna, subsequently moved to C...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:392 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.99 inPublished:September 16, 2000Publisher:McClelland & StewartLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0771061110

ISBN - 13:9780771061110

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One of the all-time classics of Canadian literature, Who Has Seen the Wind has enchanted readers for decades with its powerful story of a boy’s childhood in the prairies. Young Brian, with a youthful spirit both innocent and questioning, observes the social rituals of a small town and their contrast with the primal force of nature. Both humourous and tragic, and infused throughout with an evocative sense of prairie life, W.O. Mitchell’s tale remains an unforgettable Canadian story.

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“One of the finest Canadian novels ever written.”
Globe and Mail

“Mitchell…has so thoroughly captured the feeling of Canada and the Canadian people that we feel repeated shock of recognition as we read.”
–Robertson Davies