Leaning on the Wind

Leaning on the Wind

Under the Spell of the Great Chinook

Book - 2009
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A finalist for the 1995 Governor General's Literary Award for English-language non-fiction

Winner of the Mountain Environment and Culture Award at the 1995 Banff Mountain Book Festival

Leaning on the Wind is a love song of the west, sung to the tune of the wild chinook wind. Sid Marty skilfully weaves together the prehistory of Alberta with the experiences of First Nations, miners, early homesteaders and his own family. At the centre of his tale is the Marty homestead, located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Sid looks back through generations of his family and celebrates the feats of wild creatures and wild westerners.

The past comes alive in these pages, but so does the present, where you will meet cowboy poets, bull riders, sailplane pilots, desperate chicken farmers, curmudgeonly broncos, a homicidal cow elk, some dubious politicians and several fierce defenders of the earth. Humour and sardonic wit abound, along with abundant affection for the western earth and the people who depend on its bounties and experience its extremes of wind, frost and drought.

A western classic, Leaning on the Wind is as evocative today as when it was first published in 1995.

Publisher: Surrey, B.C. : Heritage House, c2009.
Edition: New ed.
ISBN: 9781894974622
Characteristics: xiii, 338 p. ;,22 cm.


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Mar 27, 2017

March 27 2017......we have spent the last month and a half reading this out loud to each other for 15 to 45 minutes a night. Every night after our reading, my husband, who is not a reader of books (hence the reading out loud scenario) has made the comment, "that's a good book!" I chuckle to myself every time he says it. Funny enough, Sid will be at the Frank Slide Interpretive Center on Wednesday with CBC. We have our tickets, as we feel like we have been living with this fellow for the last little while. He has made a snowy, blowy, end of winter and beginning of spring, much more enjoyable for us both. The fact that he lives so close by, and that we are familiar with most of the places that he talks about in the book, just made it that much more enjoyable. I think we will hang around with Sid for another one of his books, as we continue with our read out loud adventure. I've found it is more enjoyable to share a book with someone, rather that just read it yourself.

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