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Who Has Seen the Wind WP Kinsella has called Who Has Seen the Wind the uintessential novel of growing up on the Prairies Canada's Catcher in the Rye WO Mitchell who was born and grew up in small town Saskatchewan evokes the immensity of the landscape with a lyrical prose style from the ferociousness of the wind to the far reaches of the bright blue sky It's probably the most important Canadian novel of boyhood Mitchell used memories of his own childhood to create the world of Brian O'Connal balancing a finely drawn sense of humour with a delicate nostalgia for a world that had already been lost even as Mitchell wrote about it in the aftermath of the Second World War Like children everywhere Brian is curious about everything and the author allows him to freely explore his prairie world taking in everything from gophers to God from his feisty Irish grandmother to his friends Ben and Saint Sammy the town of Arcola's local madman Mitchell gives readers a most memorable glimpse into the ins and outs of small town life during the Depression years always through Brian's eyes and in doing so creates a poignant and powerful portrait of childhood innocence and its loss Jeffrey Canton


10 thoughts on “Who Has Seen the Wind

  1. BrokenTune BrokenTune says:

    It had something to do with dying; it had something to do with being born Loving something and being hungry were with it too He knew that much now There was the prairie; there was a meadow lark a baby pigeon and a calf with two heads In some haunting way the Ben was part of it So was Mr DigbyThanks to my cross Atlantic flight which kept me in a seat for hours with little distraction I finished reading the Canadian classic that is Who Has Seen the Wind This is a feat that I probably would not have accomplished if I had any other options to occupy my time because this was a really boring readImagine The Heart is a Lonely Hunter but without the tension without a plot without any of the interesting characters and with a lot of gophers Dead and alive gophers Oh and set in the prairies To be fair there were some good scenes in the book that did keep me reading but they were so under developed in favour of the simplicity and celebration of the thoroughly uneventful that they are hardly worth mentioning Some involve people some involve animals one involves a gopher


  2. W.D. Clarke W.D. Clarke says:

    I am still recovering — years hence—from being beaten into submission by this book by my grade 11 English teacher whom I have otherwise since come to adore being force fed so much of its prairie fields of wheat its bodies coming through the rye its wind barely shaking the barley writing as bland and endless as those plain plains as bowlfuls of Cream of Wheat with nary a sultana in sight to break up the monotonony of white It sticks in your throat Damn you Canadian Content Mongers CCMs for short for goose stuffing me with this meagre corn and how dare you GR harass pronounced hair iss north of the 49th Parallel or so the language coaches at the CBC keep coaching us me now so many years since with your canned CanConned recommendations so?


  3. bookyeti bookyeti says:

    Aa coming of age during the Great DepressionIf it be a no brainer adventure or a plot full of relentless debauchery you’re looking for I suggest you avoid this book entirely However if you seek a deeply touching novel of intelligence and substance indeed I urge you to read Who Has Seen The Wind It tells the story of a prairie boy’s initiation into the mysteries of life as he discovers death God and the spirit that moves through everything the wind The plot details the little things in life that most of the masses overlook and accurately relates the expressions and deep feelings of a young person growing up during the Great Depression At the time I read it in school I could relate very easily to the primary character Brian O’Connal The novel’s greatest strengths lie in its sensitive evocations of Brian’s feelings sometimes associated with his various experiences of death sometimes with a child’s fundamental inarticulate but insistent curiosity to discover the world within and beyond himself I was lost in the character’s maturation and progression as a person This book is truly one I will never forget WHSTW has definitely contributed to the way I looked at life in general as a young person at the time


  4. Maja Maja says:

    Feathering lazily crazily downloosed from the hazed softness of the sky the snow came to rest in startling white bulbs on the dead leaves of the poplars webbing in between the branches Just outside the grandmother's room where she lay uite still in her bed the snow fell soundlessly flake by flake piling up its careless weight Now and again a twig would break off suddenly relieve itself of a white burden of snow and drop to earth The prose is absolutely beautiful; you are in the scene in the prairies in the wind in the cold and he creates each character so completely you wholly understand everyone in the town Essentially a book about regular every day lifeyet the wonder and pain that still exists in that


  5. Jade Jade says:

    July 27th 2013 I'm reading this book for my summer English class so I'm not expecting to like it I will however try to keep an open mind about it and I'll give it my best shot Here we goUpdate July 29th About halfway through the novel now As expected I'm not really liking it at all I'll admit it's not bad in the sense that I want to smash my face in with an anvil and the writing isn't too shabby It's just so boring There is no plot at all There's no story no conflict just a little boy and his psychotic friends killing gophers and philosophising about God while the narrator goes on and on about Saskatchewan scenery which is ahem excuse me NONE IT'S FLAT THERE IS NOTHING THERE NOTHINGNeedless to say I am so confusedUpdate July 31st I take back what I said before This was a bad book A bad bad bad book Horrible dry prose mentally unstable characters and distant narration that keeps me from relating to or feeling sympathy for any of the characters just made this book a terrible reading experience The only characters I liked in the entire novel were Miss Thompson and Mr Digby and their subplot was the only one I found interesting Everything else was just irritatingly slow and positively drowning in imagery I don't care if this is a Canadian classic it's just a bad bookPlease excuse me while I read some Kenneth Oppel I've lost faith in my country's literature and I need to restore that faith


  6. Sheila Craig Sheila Craig says:

    I first read Who Has Seen the Wind in school when I was about 13 back in the late 1970's It was the first book that truly touched my soul Remember in the movie of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone when Harry first holds his wand in Olivander's shop? It was like that I couldn't wait to discuss it in class My teacher asked some uestion I've forgotten and I raised my hand and enthusiastically expressed the fullness of my heart and all the novel had revealed to me My teacher flatly responded No that's not what the author meant at all Sitting back in my chair at that moment I understood the fallibility of teachers and further that THIS teacher didn't have a clue WO Mitchell's genius was utterly clear to me He had somehow spoken to me a girl of 13 living in Ottawa across the decades and the miles and my poor teacher had missed out on the transmission My teacher's loss but not mine I've kept that paperback novel ever since moved it from hovel to apartment to house and now some 37 years later with some trepidation I decided it was time to read it again Could it ever capture my heart as it did when I first looked on it with young fresh innocent eyes? Miraculously Yes I am enraptured now as I was then This is not a story in which big events happen On one level it is the story of a little boy Brian growing up in a small town on the prairies in the dust bowl years a thoughtful boy who learns to grow into a compassionate caring human being He learns from being affected by life and death too many deaths for a young boy and finding a spiritual grace in nature On another level it is a love story for the Canadian prairies and a parable of the value of wilderness and wild things It is also a exploration of good and evil in the hearts of men and women and the group think that allows decent people to follow the path of least resistance Two different characters refer to Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness in referring to the same third characterWithin these pages Mitchell has brought to life a wide cast of believable characters with a light but precise touch His exuisite descriptions of life and nature show his love of the prairie landscape Throughout he weaves thoughtful explorations of the meaning of life and what it means to be human So glad I read this again


  7. Tom Ippen Tom Ippen says:

    Holy hellA very Steinbeckian voice meets To Kill A Mockingbird Sad and beautiful Couldn't put it downWhere spindling poplars lift their dusty leaves and wild sunflowers stare the gravestones stand among the prairie grasses Over them a rapt and endless silence lies This soil is rich


  8. Dianne Dianne says:

    Brian O'Connal is a little boy living on the Canadian Prairies with his parents his grandmother and younger brother Bobbie This is a gentle and touching look at his early years in a small town where everyone knows everyone else and it's hard for a boy to get away with anythingThe authour takes us inside Brian's home life and school life his ups and downs with friends neighbours and a new puppy and then spoiler alert the tragedy of losing his father when Brian is still a young boy His father's affectionate nickname for Brian was Spalpeen and the reader can feel Brian's aching loss knowing he will never hear his father speak that name againThe writing is uite beautiful One of my favourite things about reading is coming across a line that perfectly describes a thing I have thought or felt but never found words for One such in this book is Within himself Brian felt a soft explosion of feeling Isn't that wording lovely? Another line I love is The poplars along the road shook light from their leaves So perfect and I can see it can't you?Mitchell seems to create that small town on the big prairie feeling effortlessly It's nice to read something that makes you want to slow down and savour every word breathing in the airy atmosphere that feels safe and yet wild and uncontrollable at the same timeThe copy I read was a library loan and I was lucky enough to get the illustrated version with lots of monochrome and a few full colour sketches It was a sizable book probably 14x10 so the artwork was large and like the writing easy to get lost in I recommend this beautifully written book to everyone


  9. Daniel Kukwa Daniel Kukwa says:

    A book bathed in the golden sunshine of a sepia tinted childhood This is a novel touched with a magic few authors can compete with Whatever world Mr Mitchell inhabited we are all blessed that he translated it to the printed page for all of us to enjoy It made even the early teenaged me weep with sadness and joy


  10. Douglas Douglas says:

    This is a stunning book I can think of few others which have conveyed such a strong sense of time and place while still maintaining the universality of their themes For the majority of its 300 pages it is a deeply affecting and often humorous coming of age story I read these with an involuntary smile on my face interrupted only by temporary bouts of melancholy during the book's tender moments Then in the book's final act the story naturally perfectly transforms into a meditation on the way in which we live our lives and come to terms with the impermanence of our existence The transition is not abrupt though the change in the direction of the story is significant Rather it is at that moment that you realize what the story seemingly without plot to that point had been building to Who Has Seen the Wind is a beautiful beautiful book and I would recommend it to anyone


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