Bay of Spirits: A Love Story (Globe and Mail Best Books)

Bay of Spirits: A Love Story (Globe and Mail Best Books) by Farley Mowat 0771064675 9780771064678
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In 1957, Farley Mowat shipped out aboard one of Newfoundlands 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 the great love of his life. A stunningly beautiful and talented young artist, Claire Wheeler insouciantly climbed aboard Farleys beloved but jinxed schooner as it lay on the St. Pierre docks, once again in a cradle for repairs, and changed both their lives forever. This is the story of that love affair, of summers spent sailing the Newfoundland coast, and of their decision to start their life together in Burgeo, one of the provinces last remaining outports. It is also an unforgettable portrait of the last of the outport people and a way of life that had survived for centuries but was now passing forever. Affectionate, unsentimental, this is a burnished gem from an undiminished talent. I was inside my vessel painting the cabin when I heard the sounds of a scuffle nearby. I poked my head out the companionway in time to see a lithesome young woman swarming up the ladder which leaned against Happy Adventures flank. Whining expectantly, the shipyard dog was endeavouring to follow this attractive stranger. I could see why. As slim and graceful as a ballet dancer (which, I would later learn, was one of her avocations), she appeared to be wearing a gleaming golden helmet (her own smoothly bobbed head of hair) and was as radiantly lovely as any Saxon goddess. I invited her aboard, while pushing the dog down the ladder. Thats only Blanche, I reassured my visitor. He wont bite. Hes just, uh . . . being friendly. Thats nice to know, she said sweetly. Then she smiled . . . and I was lost. FromBay of Spirits From the Hardcover edition.

Author: Farley Mowat

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 432

Publisher: Emblem Editions

Publication Date: 2009-10-13

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