Elliott Merrick On Wasting Food

One of my all-time favorite books is Elliott Merrick’s True North.  It is his journal of a year spent in Labrador in the late 1920’s when he journeyed upriver to the height of land and learned to live off the country with the trappers.  I’ll eventually get to writing a review of it, but I’ve read it so many times it’s difficult to be remotely objective.

There are many great quotations in the book, such as this one from October 18th where he talks about wasting food:

We never waste a crumb of food, for in the woods some natural superstition whispers, “If you waste today, the gods are watching and you will starve tomorrow.”


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  • I discovered “True North” by chance earlier this year and savoured every beautifully-written word of it. There are so many quotable passages I could quote them forever. Thanks for sharing!

  • Steven Hanton

    What a book. Labrador…….. One day……….

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