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Who Has Seen The Wind Kindle ↠ Seen The  Epub â 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 stender moments Then, in the book s final act, the story naturally perfectly transforms into a meditation 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 stender 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 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 go Update 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 l 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 go Update 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 NOTHING.Needless to say, I am so confused.Update 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 book.Please excuse me while I read some Kenneth Oppel I ve lost faith in my country s literature and I need to restore that faith Feathering lazily, crazily down,loosed 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 quite 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 sc Feathering lazily, crazily down,loosed 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 quite 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 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 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 Holy hell.A very Steinbeckian voice meets To Kill A Mockingbird Sad and beautiful Couldn t put it down Where 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. 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 question 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 re 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 question 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 W.O 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 character.Within these pages, Mitchell has brought to life a wide cast of believable characters with a light but precise touch His exquisite 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 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 anything.The 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 fa 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 anything.The 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 again.The writing is quite 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 time.The 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 14 x10 so the artwork was large and, like the writing, easy to get lost in I recommend this beautifully written book to everyone 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. 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 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 WP Kinsella has called Who Has Seen the Wind, the quintessential 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 boyhoodMitchell 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 lossJeffrey Canton

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