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Facing the Hunter

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  36 ratings  ·  9 reviews
David Adams Richards takes us behind his gun and into the Canadian forest for his most powerful work of non-fiction yet.

In his brilliant non-fiction, David Adams Richards - first and foremost one of Canada's greatest and best-beloved novelists - has been writing a kind of memoir by other means. Like his previous titles Lines On Water, about his pursuit of angling, and
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published October 18th 2011 by Doubleday Canada
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Aug 11, 2012 rated it liked it
I started off really enjoying this book. Richards puts forward a number of quality arguments while simultaneously playing upon the romanticism I believe exists inside everyone regarding the wilderness. The only problem with this is that if you're going to make these remarks within the book's first forty pages you need to make sure by page two hundred or so that you're making new points without entirely repeating yourself.

There is some quality wisdom in this book, and the last two paragraphs
Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
It was like sitting around the woodstove at our camp and listening to my dad's generation & older telling stories about their hunts. The writing style is very conversational and a bit all over the place, as storytelling like this often is in real life.
Shonna Froebel
Dec 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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This book is a reflection on hunting, from a man who has hunted since he was a child, and who still hunts. Richards looks at the way of life he grew up with and that the people he knows well grew up with and pulls back the curtain on that for the rest of us. He talks about the current popular stance against hunting and the perceptions of hunting that the people who take that stance have. He talks about those who give hunting a bad name.
I grew up in a family where my father hunted occasionally
Mar 24, 2013 rated it it was ok
As much as I love Richards' lilting rhythm, it seems the decision was never made with this book as to whether it was an argument, a memoir, a collection of essays or a collection of nonfiction stories. Not that I'm necessarily against mixing genres, but the end result came across as "Here are a bunch of things that pissed me off about city slickers and Canadian writers over the past 20 years," which might have been enjoyable over a beer or a coffee out at Richards' camp, but it made for a tough ...more
Dana Larose
Jun 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Part memoir, part defense of the rural, hunting lifestyle that the author grew up in. I'm guessing it was written (in a small part) in response to the long gun registry brouhaha and Richards felt people who hunted as part of their heritage were getting lumped in with criminals by urban snobs.

While I have zero interest in hunting, what I did really like about the book was the sense of place. Being a military brat, I don't have much connection to a particular place and my parents were not the
Dec 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Made me want to be out in the forest in New Brunswick enjoying nature and observing deer and moose from a safe distance. Although Richards suggests that all omnivores should hunt at least once, I wasn't convinced at the end of the book to pursue my hunting license. An interesting look at how hunting has evolved by sharing the hunting stories of family and friends over the years.

He makes you worry about how we are distancing ourselves from our food and how this affects what we eat today. I have
Jan 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Love his wonderful prose. "The air had a sweet scent to it, of musk and rut trials, and there was a loneliness to it; and in all the world there is nothing that can measure the kind of solitude one feels from this peculiar scent in the woods at twilight - it is sanctifying..."

Love his honesty. "My neighbours do not understand me. That I am the fellow who devoted his life to writing books - they cannot seem to get their head around it. But their hearts are very much the same, and their love
Kevin Gallan
The best nonfiction book i have read this year.David Adams Richards is one of Canada finest writers.i felt that we were sitting at my kitchen table and talking while having a beer.As i read i could smell the woods and was remembering hunting the places he talked about but you don't have to be a hunter to enjoy this book.Just to care about our wildlife and the wilderness that surrounds is enough.
Sarah Boon
Jan 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A very different book than I'm used to reading. An elegy for the Miramichi Valley of New Brunswick and Richards' way of life there before moving to Toronto. A tribute to the blue collar locals and their legendary bush skills, and to hunting and fishing as a way of life and a way of both conserving - and communing with - nature.
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David Adams Richards (born 17 October 1950) is a Canadian novelist, essayist, screenwriter and poet.

Born in Newcastle, New Brunswick, Richards left St. Thomas University in Fredericton, New Brunswick, one course shy of completing a B.A. Richards has been a writer-in-residence at various universities and colleges across Canada, including the University of New Brunswick.

Richards has received