The Memory of Water
Over the last forty years, Canadian adventurer, writer, and artist Allen Smutylo has experienced some of the wildest and most captivating waters imaginable in all corners of the globe. The stories in "The Memory of Water"--all of them accompanied by the author's own stunning artwork--describe his adventures in the Arctic, South Pacific, Great Lakes region, and India.

In the Arctic he is attacked by a polar bear, stalked by a rogue walrus, and nearly drowns in ferocious waters. But his Arctic stories also celebrate human creativity as they recount the life of the pre-Inuit people, who, hunting in a changing environment, endured many hardships and developed new technologies, such as the sea kayak, to cope.

Other stories include an account of a sojourn in a small Georgian Bay fishing village as a young artist, an adventure on an urban river in southwestern Ontario, and a portrayal of the complex underwater world of the South Pacific. Travelling the River Ganges in India, the author finds that a massive misuse of water is complicated by a billion people's faith-based adoration of the same water.

"The Memory of Water" probes a crucial and contemporary issue--that of our relationship to water and the wildlife and human life that depends upon it. This book will appeal to anyone interested in the natural world, in artistic depictions of it, or in a good story well told.

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  • Marc
    Jul 31, 2015


    I bought this book in the Big Bay general store. Water is my own choice of professional and personal interest so I was captured by the title. The lady in the store spoke highly of the book and its local author so I plunked down 40 for it. Such good quality hardcover and paper are not c...

  • Jan
    Jul 29, 2013


    I highly recommend this book to individuals with artistic souls and hearts of an adventurer. ...

  • Melissa DeGott
    Apr 8, 2013

    Melissa DeGott

    I received this book from giveaway. I am so glad I received this book. It is a beautiful story of a man's incredible journeys. His language is poetic, his paintings are absolutely beautiful, and his stories are perfect. A great book for anyone who loves nonfiction of the ...

  • ChattyKat
    Feb 28, 2013


    I won this book as a first reads giveaway in exchange for a review. First of all, this is not the type of book that falls in my normal scope of reading but it peaked my interest simply because I love nature and I love to explore nature. This came to me in hardback and has a very profes...