The Siberians

by Farley Mowat

Hardcover, 1971




Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1971


Here is a Siberia unheard of in the West. Once the most remote place of exile in all of Russia, Mowat describes it as a burgeoning land of opportunity and growth. Granted extraordinary freedom to visit places rarely seen by any westerner since 1917, Farley Mowat and his wife, Claire, travelled more than 29,000 miles over mountains, steppes, taiga and tundra to meet the people who have chosen to make Siberia their home and livelihood. With his classic exuberance and wit, Mowat brings to life a place and a people who share the top of the world with us – their hopes and aspirations, their humour, and their dedication to the dramatic awakening of Sibir, the Sleeping land. From the Hardcover edition.

User reviews

LibraryThing member Pferdina
Mowat writes about his two journeys to parts of Siberian in the late 1960's. He meets interesting people who seem to think that the USSR is a paradise on earth. Everything is better there than in the West and Mowat doesn't even try to be critical of their claims.
LibraryThing member WDMyers
I agree completely with the other reviewers. Book is a piece of junk. The USSR had taken note of his writings about how badly the indigenous people of Canada were, and are, treated. They figured that they could butter him up and make a propaganda coup. Worked like a charm.

Some of his work is great. Some pedestrian. And some really dumb. Pay attention.… (more)
LibraryThing member jhawn
Farley made 2 trips to Siberia. Read. More like a novel than reality.



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