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And No Birds Sang

narrator Farley Mowat

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literary, historical
list price: $18.95
also available: Paperback eBook
category: Fiction
published: 1999
imprint: BTC Audiobooks
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And No Birds Sang

Mowat’s classic war memoir plunges the reader into his candid, tragic and heart-wrenching experiences as a teenage soldier, Lieutenant, Battalion Intelligence Officer and eventually Captain, during WWII. Spurred on by his father’s unconcealed excitement about the imminent world war, Mowat tried enlisting in the Air Force, but was told “the Air Force don’t need no peach faced kids.” Instead he joined the infantry, eventually leading his troop in the Sicilian/Italian campaign. A gifted writer, Mowat eloquently infuses humour and simple joys amongst the horrors of war. From Operation Husky in Southern Sicily, to the end of the Italian campaign on the bloody banks of the Moro River, Mowat, aka ‘Squib’, engrosses readers in his gripping firsthand accounts of war, friendship, the agony of defeat and bittersweet victories.

Caution: Some foul language and graphic war descriptions are included.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. BC Books for BC Schools. 2012-2013.

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During World War II, Farley Mowat fought in Italy and Sicily with the Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment. And No Birds Sang is the gripping eyewitness account of a young man in combat, detailing everything from how he lost his virginity to his growing disenchantment with war. Heard in the author's own voice, And No Birds Sang showcases both Mowat's irrepressible urge to tell a good story and the serious purpose behind it.

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"If hearing a tale in the author's own voice is what creates some of the magic for you, then Farley Mowat's slightly gravelly, animated reading of his novel And No Birds Sang will make an impression. Farley will draw you deeply into the tale." — Atlantic Books Today

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