Never Cry Wolf

Never Cry Wolf

Book - 1963
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cfspringer
Jan 22, 2020

recommended by Elena

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jessica_mariano
Nov 23, 2019

Extremely interesting read. I grew just as attached to the family of wolves as the author did, and each time he discovered something I was equally surprised and taken by the discovery. The introduction in the book was hilarious, I loved how the author described how most people in the biology department were working with dead organisms even though biology is the study of life. I came to notice how much the author devalued and disbelieved Ooktek’s knowledge of wolves and caribou just because it was gained through oral history rather than science.

However, it was both interesting and satisfying to be able to see the authors opinion about wolves and Indigenous knowledge change throughout his time studying the wildlife. Never Cry Wolf is a witty, comedic but most importantly, informative book that teaches readers a great deal about the value in Indigenous knowledge and the need to root back to this codependent relationship with nature.

ArapahoeLesley Nov 23, 2016

Told in a hilariously moving way, this treatise in defense of the much maligned wolf is a must read for everybody.

JohnK_KCMO Oct 05, 2016

This really is an amazing narrative of man vs. wild, fascinating insight into the lives of wolves in the wild, and the connections between living creatures. Too bad the whole thing has been discredited as a complete fabrication.

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whitcombs2do
Aug 23, 2016

Great classic! One of the earlier accounts of getting to know animals in the wild on intimate personal terms. Farley's a really good writer as well, and his sense of humor is showcased in this, probably his most famous book. If you love the humor here, try "The Dog Who Wouldn't Be," a riotous memoir of Farley's favorite boyhood companion.

ArapahoeKirsten Aug 20, 2016

Easy to read, humorous, and compelling. Inspires respect for wild animals.

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fytob
Feb 28, 2016

Wow. I'm so impressed with this book. This book will leave you thinking about it long after you've read it. A really good read, humerous at times, and told in a way that makes you feel you are right there, with the author. I recommend for everyone especially those in a country where wolves exist or have lived.

I didn't grow up with a prejudice for or against wolves but with more of a distant respect held for any wild creature. However I'm very much aware of how wolves get to play the bad guys in fairy tales and see how prejudice against them can be ingrained from an early age.

More than 50 yrs later, this book proves how our ignorance and prejudice is still misplaced. In this, it is a wake up call for us and our government's shameful treatment of these creatures. This is particularly so in BC and Alberta where ongoing low population of caribou due to human disturbance and habitat fragmentation is being blamed on wolves i.e. resolving one species problem by eliminating another instead of looking to us people as being the problem.

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KABuck
Aug 06, 2015

Now a year after his demise and up to half a century after their publication, Farley Mowat and his accounts of the natural world remain unrivaled in potency, grace and venerability. "Never Cry Wolf" is a most important component to this legacy, as it details one of Mowat's first excursions to Canada's North, where he effected significant scientific research regarding Arctic Wolves. But the reader is treated to far more than science: witnessed is the author's own learning and growing as he becomes intimate with the canis lupi and has his heart broken by the fallacious perspective in which humans see them. This is a wonderful book to read.

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becker
Nov 04, 2014

This is a very quick read told in a light-hearted way. Interesting and humorous at times. An enjoyable read for anyone interested in wolves, the Arctic or wildlife in general.

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Ana_Podolyan
Aug 05, 2014

Very nice book. Really enjoyed reading it. Loved the story, science and humor :) very inspiring and must read for everybody. Poor wolf has such a bad image, this book is here to change it!

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Wolkenkaiser
Jan 05, 2013

A beautifully romantic science narrative that isn't whacked out or cheesy. In fact, it's full of strange quirks related in neighborly verbiage concealing great wit and more than a little insight and humility. A classic that's bound to strike a naturalist chord in anyone fond of nature and wildlife.

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graceling3
Mar 01, 2012

Highly, highly recommended for all ages. Cleverly written, the author uses simple and easy to understand language that is both powerful and intricate. I couldn't put this book down. Of course, I have always personally loved all sorts of wildlife and admired the freedom and closeness of a wolf pack, but I assure you, even if you do not have a special affinity with wolves, you will definitely enjoy this book. As a true story, the plot twists are very surprising; I feel as if I am alongside the author on his adventure, discovering the things with him. The author's change in attitude towards the wolves also make the novel meaningful and personal. How many of us have automatically labeled wolves (or any other seemingly menacing person or animal, for that matter) as cruel, bloodthirsty, and very harmful? This book provides another perspective; a realistic one. I also quite enjoyed the government and authority satire at the beginning. In addition, the author's sense of humor is profound and unrivaled; I was quite beside myself with laughter when reaching certain passages in the book. Once again, a must-read!!!


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