Fire in the Bones

Fire in the Bones

Bill Mason and the Canadian Canoeing Tradition

Book - 1996
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A man for all seasons -- the life of the legendary canoeist, filmmaker and painter

Bill Mason danced with his beloved Prospector canoe the night his son Paul was married. The next day he canoed whitewater on the Petite Nation River north of Ottawa with wedding guests. On the following Tuesday, he was diagnosed with terminal cancer, and died four months later, at age 59.

Today, seven years later, the legend of Bill Mason continues to wind its way through the hearts and minds of canoeists, wilderness lovers, and all those touched by his remarkable spirit.

In this moving and insightful biography, James Raffan reveals both the public and private lives of Bill Mason. His expertise as a canoeist was unparalleled; his instructional guides, Path of the Paddle and Song of the Paddle, became bestselling bibles for outdoor enthusiasts; his films, including Paddle to the Sea and Cry of the Wild, which, when it opened in New York City, made five million dollars in its first week, were showcases for his creativity; his landscape paintings glow with the spiritual love of the outdoors. Yet behind the success was a person who struggled with physical disability and serious illness all his life.

James Raffan's intimate knowledge of Bill Mason as a friend and fellow paddler, a man who could not contain his passion for canoeing and the outdoors, makes Fire in the Bones a marvelous read. Raffan tells of wild canoe trips, of film shoots full of fireworks between a cantan-ker

Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollinsPublishers, c1996
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780002553957
Branch Call Number: 797.122092 Mason-R 3558ad 1
Characteristics: xx, 300 p. :,ill


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