While Mowat is an entertaining storyteller, I highly doubt he is a truthful one.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and if you are an animal lover or just want to know more about wolves living in the wild I recommend it.
A true story telling of life among Arctic Wolves. Very interesting.
More than a half-century ago the Canadian Wildlife Service assigned the naturalist Farley Mowat 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 the wolves (who were of no threat to caribou or man) and for a friendly Inuit tribe known as the Ihalmiut ("People of the Deer")-is a work that has become cherished by generations of readers, an indelible record of the myths and magic of wild wolves.
Wolves are predators, but then so is man. This is the book that originally 'turned me on' to the great love for life that Mowat has. His books are humorous and educational. As he writes of his adventures as a a young boy in western Canada I wished I had been by his side.
Many of his other books are perfect for that young man in your family. Never Cry Wolf was written after his assignment 'to prove' wolves were responsible for destroying the caribu herds. Instead, he found that the real reason was that ultimate predator - man.
One of my favorites...
I loved this book! Filled with humor and a deep connection to nature, Farley Mowat shares this wonderful story with the reader.
I was a young teenager when I first read this book. I was hooked on wolves from then on. The book is packed with insights on wolf behavior, government incompetence, humor and a little sadness. I still remember many of the humorous incidents related in the book, even after almost 50 years. The only reason I posted it here was that I recently bought a nice hardback copy at our local library sale.
After I read this book I delved into more wolf lore, and whenever "wolf" was mentioned in print or in conversation, my attention was riveted. Eventually, my interest lead to a B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries.
If you like Mowat, you might also enjoy his World War II memoirs, "And No Birds Sang." I enjoyed that one and I now have his "The Dog That Wouldn't Be" on my TBR shelf and hope to get to it soon.
I read this book years ago, and it is one of my very favorite nature stories. The movie was also excellent.