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Bay of Spirits: A Love Story

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  146 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
In 1957, Farley Mowat shipped out aboard one of Newfoundland’s famous coastal steamers, tramping from outport to outport along the southwest coast. The indomitable spirit of the people and the bleak beauty of the landscape would lure him back again and again over the years. In the process of falling in love with a people and a place, Mowat also met the woman who would be t ...more
ebook, 376 pages
Published January 13th 2009 by McClelland & Stewart (first published September 19th 2006)
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Steven Langdon
Aug 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: super
Like a time capsule, this book brings alive the places and people of part of mid-century Atlantic Canada more than fifty years later. Writing with verve and descriptive vibrancy, iconic author Farley Mowat recreates the time and temperment of outport Southern Newfoundland, as he experienced it in its almost exotic contrast to the Ontario from which he came.

This book recounts Mowat's love affair with Newfoundland, including the dying of the passion that did eventually take place. The landscape is
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Jane
Not so much a love story but a history of Newfoundland. I guess it's a love story of Newfoundland.
Great history. Well written but a slow read. if you are a Sailor you would find this book interesting. Lots of stories of old sailing boats and fishing.
Dianne
Oct 26, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, travel
Another great story from a master story-teller, this one subtitled "A Love Story". It's the story of his first meeting with a beautiful woman named Claire and how their feelings for each other developed, but it is another love story too, of his years living in and exploring the outports of Newfoundland. His appreciation for the people, waters and wildlife of Newfoundland bring this story to vivid life.

Farley Mowat can capture the flavour of a place and it's people beautifully. A picture may to b
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Gord Jones
Dec 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had never read a book written by celebrated Canadian author and environmentalist Farley Mowat. When he died this past May at the age of 92, I, like many other Canadians, decided it was time to correct that. Bay of Spirits is now the third book of his that I have now read.

There are three, maybe even four, stories running through this book. The first, as the title, Bay of Spirits, A Love Story, indicates, is a love story. Although already married, when he meets Claire for the first time in St. P
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Brian
Jan 27, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book about the people of Newfoundland's outports mid century told through the experience of a prolific author. Mowat makes the lives he describes about as interesting as can be... which isn't very. The peoples of the region were just above subsistence fishermen and did not create a society that produced anything that contributed to mankind or much to human history. Peoples who lived on the edge of civilization, barely survived and mostly lived as feudal serfs to their upper class or on the dole. ...more
Kathy
Apr 12, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book! Farley Mowat buys a boat and tours the "outports"--coastal fishing villages--of Newfoundland for many summers during the 1960s. It's sad to realize now that the way of life of the outports is almost vanished--thanks to Canadian premier Joey Smallwood who decided it would be better to "centralize" Canadians and insisted on making the outport folk MOVE from their homes to larger towns nearby. The subtitle of the book is "A Love Story" because early on Farley meets a young woma ...more
Rusty Wright
The book was ok, but not great. This book discolored my opinion of Farley Mowat because in this autobiography he meets a woman and they live together while he has apparently abandoned his wife and children while he goes off and has this adventure on the east coast with this other woman.
Karen
Dec 06, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gave-up-on
...just way too much minutae and detail about the coast of Newfoundland. I can deal with only so many difficult dockings, so much rock, shoals, ......bleah. A huge disappointment after Born Naked.
Jennybeast
An eloquent and moving memoir -- which clearly paints the love Mowat has for the hardscrabble fishermen of Newfoundland and the pain he feels at the death of the natural world that accompanies fishing activities.
Meimeidesign
May 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
it is a great portrait of Outport newfoundland in the 60's
Joel Clements
Apr 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
A love story on many levels ... of Farley's love of Newfoundland, of the sea, of Claire. And a strong indictment of humans, and our disrespect of the creatures with which we share this planet.
Mary
Aug 13, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Looking for more books set in Newfoundland, I found this and liked this more than I thought I would.
Clivemichael
Sweet story. I was enthralled by his descriptions of the places and people
Nikki Sitch
Jun 16, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A love story? What about his wife who was cast aside so he could have an affair. His adultery was ignored. I could not stand this book or him - self-centered and arrogant.
Suzy
Feb 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Suzy by: Jem
Haven't finished this one; got off track and got too busy to read for a bit. :( Hope to pick this back up again later and get to the end. :)
Debbie
Aug 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this and made me want to sail the south shore of Newfoundland.
Raymond Rockwell
Started out liking it, but it became overkill. (Like MAY lead to love...)
Linda
Sep 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved learning about the usual lives of the Newfoundland people. Mowat's inclusion of his own experiences and his love story added a personal touch.
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Farley McGill Mowat was a conservationist and one of Canada's most widely-read authors.
Many of his most popular works have been memoirs of his childhood, his war service, and his work as a naturalist. His works have been translated into 52 languages and he has sold more than 14 million books.
Mowat studied biology at the University of Toronto. During a field trip to the Arctic, Mowat became outrag
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