Linda, Shirley, Joan, Jolene, Michèle and of course Janet attended the meeting.
Each year at the January meeting, the Book Club gives out it's Academy Award to the member who recommended the book read in the previous calendar year that was most enjoyed by the members. City of
This meeting's book was
by Farley Mowat. A Canadian born in Bay of Spirits Ontario, Mr. Mowat lived many years in the out posts of . He is well known for his books on wildlife and many of his books were written for children. He is a somewhat controversial author because of his views that he has clearly articulated on subjects such as the baby seal hunts or whale hunting in his books and in the press. Many Newfoundlanders are not appreciative of his opinions and have not enjoyed his description of personalities in this particular book and others. Newfoundland
We wondered how generous he was in comparison to how they were with him. Many of the residents in out ports he visited gave him food and help with his boat. He was quite evidently focused on himself and his causes.
Though the book has a subtitle A Love Story, and there is quite a bit about his relationship with Claire that he meets while still married to
, the book definitely has a political bent. Awareness of the over fishing and the destruction of the fishery came out in this book as did the baby seal issue and a definite dislike for Premier Joey Smallwood. Frances
Most members enjoyed the book mainly because of Mr. Mowat's easy storytelling style.We also talked about books we have enjoyed and about other lists of book. We talked about Yan Martel and the books he has been sending to Prime Minister Harper. There is even a website that describes the books and includes the letters Yan Martel has written to Mr. Harper.