More than half a century ago, the naturalist Farley Mowat accepted an assignment to investigate why wolves were killing Arctic caribou. Mowat’s account of the summer he lived in the frozen tundra alone – studying the wolf population and developing a deep affection for these wild creatures (who were no threat to caribou or man) – is today celebrated as a classic of nature writing, at once a tale of remarkable adventure and an indelible record of the myths and magic of wolves. Never Cry Wolf was made into a major motion picture by Walt Disney Productions.
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loved MOWAT'S curiously deep connection to self, with other persons, other creatures and his envirionment that has, ultimatly, brought about a change in the way we (human beings) make sense of the natural world. a wonderfully inspiring, humbling and thought provoking a book.
Sims was Mowat, great stuff!!
an extraordinary accout of one man's capacity for connection much much deeper than 'ordinary humanity'
It challenges you to examine your beliefs and why you believe them. And while you're doing so, you're laughing your head off. Mowat's dry wit lends itself wonderfully to the uncomfortable realization that we believe things simply because we were told to, not necessarily because they are true.
The story itself is beautiful, exciting and heart-touching, a tale that is far away and yet somehow still very close indeed.
The moment in which Mowat decides to reject all his previous knowledge of wolves (which had at that point been proven wrong to him anyway) and view them with a clean slate was particularly touching. Ultimately, that is one of the most difficult (and rewarding) things for humans to do; reject what is "known" for what can be discovered
I recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good story and a good laugh and I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a challenge to their thinking, a change in perspective and an appreciation of the fact that often the most "human" behaviour in nature doesn't come from humans at all.
But I write for myself, for my own pleasure. And I want to be left alone to do it. - J.D. Salinger ^(;,;)^
One of those books that if fun to review because my feelings about it change depending on how I look at it. As a pure book of science reporting/writing, it is probably a noble failure. As a influential environmental book, it is probably a wild success.
It is controversial (STILL) and entertaining (STILL) and a piece of shit/scat and a piece of art. My kids loved it for all the wrong reasons and I probably hate parts of it for all the wrong reasons. So, yes, I'm glad I read it, but I also recognize that it wasn't perfect (sorry, not many Darwins out there).
Farley Mowat is a naturalist. When he was young he had an amazing dog and two owls. He wrote about them both, 'Owls in the Family' and ;The Dog Who Wouldn't Be' . In this story, he writes about his experience dealing with bureaucracy and wolves. It is a laugh out loud tale of his study of a family of wolves who have an amazing family hierarchy. It includes an uncle, taking care of pups, who has a brief love affair with a husky. The end is very sad, the government decides to kill off many of the wolves, including those Farley had studied.
Please buy this book, you will learn an enormous amount about wolves and how a naturalist studies animals. Then Audible will release, 'Owls in the Family' and 'The Dog Who Wouldn't Be' .
great quick and enlightening listen. was encouraged to listen to this to get quiz points in ecology but I didn't even show up for the quiz and finished the book some weeks later because it was that enjoyable.
Incredible and at times humorous account of author's observation of a wolf band-- raising their pups, social interaction, communication with each other, with distance wolf bands and even with perceptive Eskimos. The tragic ending, due to government officials refusal to acknowledge the ACTUAL scientific observations recorded, was maddening but not surprising. Anyone interested in wildlife would appreciate this book.
Mowat gives a lively, fast-paced portrait of the wolves he studies, showing them to be nothing at all like the typical cultural portrayal.
The True Lives of America's Least Appreciated Wildlife
This is a really informative book and very funny in parts, despite its language being noticeably old.
The author paints the scene well, and it's not a stretch to be there at his camp. Soon we are introduced to wolves, and their personalities come shining through.
We learn about the dynamics of that family; the author describing the father (wolf) as that archetypal, all- (good) American dad, the type displayed in early media and who, the author says, every child wished for. The mother, who he calls Angeline, is aptly named for our modern-day associations.
Throughout there is an undercurrent of (fanciful) demonisation of the wolves, which are even being blamed for the recent deaths of dozens of caribou lying in a lake of blood, some with their heads missing. Of course it is the aftermath of (licenced) hunter kills ...the 20th Century "Jihadi Johns", the heads taken as trophies.
For the wolves this myth has a terrible price (spoiler alert) as governments start baiting and killing wolves with arsenic and strichnine, including, and very sadly, the family we have just gotten to know.
In the Movie and book it is the main character because it is his sense of humor that brings it all to life.
Not like the Movie.
The Movie has been one of my top favorites and shared enthusiastically with friends. The Movie brought my emotions to a peek from the get go. I will have to listen to the book again to get a handle on it. The first time I listened I was working around the house and my Kindle Fire is hard to hear. Me against Myself because that is my way and the story takes me there.
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