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Author Name:    BODSWORTH, Fred

Title:   Strange One. First Edition in dustjacket.

Publisher:    Dodd, Mead, New York, 1959, 

Seller ID:   101521

BODSWORTH, Fred. The Strange One. New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, (1959). First Printing. Pp. (14),3-400,(4). 8vo, red cloth spine with patterned greypaper covered boards, silver lettering to spine, top edge stained red. Wat ters p.250, Rhodenizer p.799. The second novel by Fred Bodsworth (b. October 11, 1918, Port Burwell, Ontario - d. September 15, 2012, Toronto) Canadian journalist, naturalist, and author. "In Toronto, Rory Macdonald, a fiercely ambitious young Scot studying to be a naturalist, wins a summer job banding Canada geese to trace their migrations... In the bleak muskeg country of James Bay, a Cree Indian girl, Kanina, educated with white people but rejected by the white community when she became a teacher, is returning with bitterness in her heart to rejoin her illiterate family and sink back into the harsh primitive life of her people... Caught inthe backlash of a hurricane, a wild barnacle goose is blown westward across the Atlantic from the Scottish island of Barra to northern Canada... The lives of these three are interwoven as the mating of the lost goose is linked to the forbidden love that grows between the naturalist and the uprooted Indian girl who helps himwith his work. Rarely has a novelist woven together a drama of nature and human beings with such singular beauty and depth of understanding. Neverhasthere been a story quite like this one. The reader hangs on breathless aon the fate of the barnacle goose -- the strange one of Barra -- as on the de stiny of the two people forwhom the great-hearted bird symbolizes their fears and their hope." - from the dustjacket. Bookplate to front pastedown, name inked to flyleaf, five characters inked inside rear cover, sparse spotting, else very good in nicked, verso-spotted, unclipped dustjacket. 25.00


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