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Never Cry Wolf by Farley Mowat
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Never Cry Wolf (original 1963; edition 2001)

by Farley Mowat

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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.… (more)
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Info:Back Bay Books (2001), Paperback, 256 pages
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Never Cry Wolf by Farley Mowat (1963)

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I found Mowat an exciting read as a child, and the first writer to inspire an interest in being Canadian and environmentally conscious. ( )
  sfj2 | Mar 10, 2024 |
If you want to study wolves, go to where the wolves are. That’s what Farley Mowat did when he ventured to the rugged Arctic landscape in the early 60’s. One of the book's strengths lies in its exploration of the delicate balance of ecosystems and the interconnectedness of all living beings within them. Mowat skillfully weaves scientific observations with personal anecdotes, offering insights into the intricate web of life in the Arctic wilderness. Through his journey, Mowat challenges prevalent stereotypes about wolves as bloodthirsty predators and instead portrays them as complex, intelligent animals with intricate social structures. Never Cry Wolf is a seminal work in nature writing and a playbook for wilderness exploration and discovery. ( )
  Andrew.Lafleche | Feb 8, 2024 |
A surprisingly funny look at the actual habits of wolves. It was a fast and fun read, and I still managed to learn a lot!

The ending was a bit abrupt, however, and there’s some controversy about how much of the book is true, apparently. I don’t tend to put much stock into controversy, and everything in the book seemed plausible enough to me, given what I’ve read and heard elsewhere.

Note: There is some profanity, and references to evolutionary theory as fact. ( )
  RachelRachelRachel | Nov 21, 2023 |
Mowat does real science and tells what his life was like when doing his research. ( )
  mykl-s | Aug 5, 2023 |
Outstanding book! ( )
  bookman09919 | Aug 2, 2023 |
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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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The caribou feeds the wolf, but it is the wolf who keeps the caribou strong.
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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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An unforgettable odyssey of self-discovery and startling adventure begins as a young, inexperienced biologist is deposited alone onto the frozen Arctic tundra. Once settled, he struggles not only to endure the forces of nature, but also to learn as much as he can about the mysterious and misconstrued habits of the wolves he has been sent to study. -WorldCat abstract
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