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Never Cry Wolf (1963)

av Farley Mowat

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The classic of nature writing--the spellbinding story of adventures among arctic wolves--is now available in a new paperback edition.
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Recommended for: nature lovers, those interested in wolves (although I had no interest before I started this book)

A friend who’d read this, gave me a copy to read in the summer of 1976 and I was riveted. I love the true story of a man who goes to study wolf behavior for the Canadian government and finds the unexpected. I got very attached to those wolves, and learned a great deal about wolf behavior. I don’t want to give away what happens, but want to say that although most of the story is very entertaining, told with great wit, and has many very humorous parts, I did cry also. I’ve reread this book several times and never cease to enjoy it. Readers 11 & up can enjoy this book. ( )
  Lisa2013 | Jul 9, 2021 |
audiobook nonfiction (conservation classic; a cautionary tale with deadpan humor) ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
This is a really hard review to write, because I really enjoyed reading the book, but on looking into it further, discovered that it's not really what it presents itself to be.

It presents itself as a straightforward memoir of Mowat's few months in the Arctic observing a single wolf family. In the course of these observations, he sees behavior that completely upends the thought (at the time) that wolves are vicious, blood-thirsty killers.

But. Mowat has also acknowledged that it is not a straightforward, day-to-day, account. He said, “I took some pride in having it known that I never let facts get in the way of a good story. I was writing subjective non-fiction all along.”

So I give it three stars. I enjoyed reading it, but felt deceived by the author. ( )
  evenlake | Mar 23, 2021 |
I registered this book at BookCrossing.com!
http://www.BookCrossing.com/journal/14417490

An early Farley Mowat book. In this book, Mowat tells of his first official assignment as a government biologist. He is dropped into the wilds of Canada to study wolves, primarily to determine numbers. New to the field of wolves, he at first assumes that reports of how wolves behave are correct, that they are aggressive and that they take down thousands of caribou every year, accounting for the decrease in caribou numbers.

He finds something quite different. As with his other books, Mowat does not hide his feelings on the subject. It is perhaps his tendency to wear his heart on his sleeve that accounts for a rather chilly reception to his findings. Scientists, after all, do not insert their emotions into their work. At least they say they don't.

What Mowat finds is that wolves are social animals, travel in small groups, eat a wide variety of foods, most especially mice, and do not wreak havoc on herds of caribou. Instead they cull the weak from the herds and eat it all. Hunters and trappers, on the other hand, take down the strong, healthy specimens and far more of them than the wolves do. After all, they feed their sled dogs this meat and they have a lot of dogs.

Mowat finds, too, that the wild wolves are far from aggressive. Even when he is camping near them they don't bother with him. He's a curiosity but not a threat so they leave him alone.

These findings fly in the face of what generations have said about wolves, so it isn't surprising that the government agencies are not particularly interested in what he has discovered. To this day wolves are maligned with little reason. Read and weep. ( )
  slojudy | Sep 8, 2020 |
As many have said - I would rate this more stars if it were actually a true story. But it's been completely and thoroughly discredited, it's all fiction. Mr. Mowat did no observation of Arctic wolves, his entire body of evidence is fabricated, and his conclusions about their behavior are now recognized by experts in the field as being largely wrong.

Otherwise, this book is extremely well-written and engrossing! Were it reclassed as fiction, I'd put it on the same recommended reading list as Jack London's work! ( )
  johnthelibrarian | Aug 11, 2020 |
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It is a long way in time and space from the bathroom of my Grandmother Mowat's house in Oakville, Ontario, to the bottom of a wolf den in the Barren Lands of central Keewatin, and I have no intention of retracing the entire road which lies between.
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