Monday, June 6, 2011

"Never Cry Wolf" by Farley Mowat (1963) - REVIEW

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"The B.B. Weekly Review"

From the Publisher:

Hordes of bloodthirsty wolves are slaughtering the arctic caribou, and the government's Wildlife Service assigns naturalist Farely Mowat to investigate. Mowat is dropped alone onto the frozen tundra, where he begins his mission to live among the howling wolf packs and study their waves. Contact with his quarry comes quickly, and Mowat discovers not a den of marauding killers but a courageous family of skillful providers and devoted protectors of their young. As Mowat comes closer to the wolf world, he comes to fear with them on onslaught of bounty hunters and government exterminators out to erase the noble wolf community from the Arctic. Never Cry Wolf is one of the brilliant narratives on the myth and magical world of wild wolves and man's true place among the creatures of nature. "We have doomed the wolf not for what it is, but for what we deliberately and mistakenly perceive it to be -- the mythological epitome of a savage, ruthless killer -- which is, in reality, no more than the reflected image of ourself." -- from the new preface to Never Cry Wolf
Review: Mowat is one of my favourite authors and once again live's up to Canadian's expectations with this tale of life in the North; "Never Cry Wolf". The book itself is very interesting and educational, both with regards to wolves and human nature. Mowat's signature satire and sense of humour keep you engaged throughout the tale of living and observing the great Canadian wolves. Definitely recommended.

My Rating: 4/5

Have you read "Never Cry Wolf" by Farley Mowat? I would love to know what you thought!
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Happy Reading!

1 comment:

  1. Certainly a classic. I have read sections of the book (for small group discussion) and I have seen a movie version. However, I am ashamed to say I have never actually read the entire book.


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