Books: Arms and the Young Man

AND NO BIRDS SANG by Farley Mowat; Atlantic-Little, Brown; 219 pp.; $10.95

Farley Mowat is a small, bearded Canadian who writes with a certain bitter charm about the thoughtless destruction of the Far North and its native inhabitants. He has a passion for permafrost, Eskimos, whales, seals and wolves. He has lived a chapped and manly life in rural Ontario, on the Keewatin Barren Lands and in balky old boats off Newfoundland.

And No Birds Sang goes a long way to explain why Mowat chose the unpaved road. The book, his 21st, is a...

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