Who Has Seen the Wind (Toronto and Boston, 1947), a novel by W.O. Mitchell, tells the story of a prairie boy's initiation into the mysteries of life, death, God, and the spirit that moves through everything: the wind. The novel's greatest strengths lie in its sensitive evocations of Brian O'Connal's "feeling," sometimes associated with his various experiences of death, sometimes with a child's fundamental, inarticulate but insistent curiosity to discover the world within and beyond himself. Brian learns about life and death in town and on the prairie: the town is the setting for social conventions, institutions and hypocrisies; and on the prairie is a natural order throughout which the wind metes out its invisible imperatives, chief among them change and death. Vibrant with the serious comedy of children's dialogue, rich with poetic descriptions of the prairie in all its guises, Who Has Seen the Wind articulates a universal theme in a classically western Canadian voice. The novel has been translated into French as Qui a vu le vent (Montréal, 1974) and into several other languages; it was also made into a successful movie.
- MLA 8TH EDITION
- Besner, Neil. "Who Has Seen the Wind". The Canadian Encyclopedia, 04 March 2015, Historica Canada. www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/who-has-seen-the-wind. Accessed 07 December 2023.
- APA 6TH EDITION
- Besner, N. (2015). Who Has Seen the Wind. In The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/who-has-seen-the-wind
- CHICAGO 17TH EDITION
- Besner, Neil. "Who Has Seen the Wind." The Canadian Encyclopedia. Historica Canada. Article published February 07, 2006; Last Edited March 04, 2015.
- TURABIAN 8TH EDITION
- The Canadian Encyclopedia, s.v. "Who Has Seen the Wind," by Neil Besner, Accessed December 07, 2023, https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/who-has-seen-the-wind
Who Has Seen the Wind
Article by Neil Besner
Published Online February 7, 2006
Last Edited March 4, 2015