Lost in the Barrens

I have never been one of those Canadians wrapped up in the romance of the North. Except that I have been: when I was a kid, Farley Mowat’s Lost in the Barrens was a transformative book for me; I truly could picture myself as Jamie Macnair, lost in the barrens, forced to fend for myself. Nothing could be further from my truth, of course.