Never Cry Wolf

by Farley Mowat | Outdoors & Nature |
ISBN: Global Overview for this book
Registered by Minerva101 of Calgary, Alberta Canada on 10/16/2008
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4 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by Minerva101 from Calgary, Alberta Canada on Thursday, October 16, 2008
This is one of my favorite books! The ending is maddening, of course, but the journey to the end is magical and inspiring. Farley Mowat has a wonderful, dry sense of humor and writes so well! This is a must read for any nature nut out there.
I picked this copy up at a thrift store for 25cents and it is more than worth every penny.
Hopefully someone will pick up this little gem and enjoy it!
In the summer of 1948, young biologist and budding writer Farley Mowat, "infatuated with the study of animate nature," joined the Dominion Wildlife Service and, after enduring a few bureaucratic mishaps, was assigned to study a population of wolves in the subarctic highlands of southern Nunavut and northern Manitoba. Those wolves and their kin, Mowat's superiors believed, had decimated the once huge population of large mammals in the region, so that, as one worried official put it, "more and more of our fellow citizens are coming back from more and more hunts with less and less deer."
Mowat found his wolves, followed them, learned their ways, and in a very real sense became part of the pack. As he did so, suffering plenty of misadventures along the way (and performing odd experiments that involved, among other things, subsisting on a lupine diet of field mice, for which he includes a recipe or two), he concluded that human hunters, and not wolves, were the cause of the ungulates' decline. The news, he writes, was not well received in Ottawa and Winnipeg. "I received no reply," he writes, "unless the fact that the Provincial Government raised the bounty on wolves to twenty dollars some weeks afterwards could be considered a reply."

Never Cry Wolf was first published in 1963, a time when the welfare of Canis lupus was far from most readers' minds. Attitudes have changed, and Mowat's book now has many companions, books that pay honour to wolves and urge their protection. A close-up look at the lives of wolves in their native domain, it still stands at the head of that well-stocked library. --Gregory McNamee --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Journal Entry 2 by Minerva101 at Calgary, Alberta Canada on Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Released 11 yrs ago (4/7/2010 UTC) at Calgary, Alberta Canada



Mailed to Ginpoodle as part of a package for Cindress's Book and Letter Exchange. I hope she enjoys it!

Journal Entry 3 by wingGinPoodlewing from Waterlooville, Hampshire United Kingdom on Friday, April 30, 2010
Thanks very much for sending this, I'm looking forward to starting it, sorry it's taken me forever to journal, I've had a lot on recently.

UPDATE November 2013
Well I'm very sorry its taken me so long to get around to reading this. To be honest its not a book I ever would have picked up of my own accord because I'm not that interested in wildlife and the cover is a bit naff.

Yet again though another bookcrosser has proved me wrong. I absolutely love this book. Everything Minerva101 says about it is true, the writing is dryly funny and very engaging indeed. I didn't want this one to end and I'm going to look out for more of his books. Now I want to find someone to pass this on to who will appreciate it, its come such a long way and was sent with such kindness that I don't want to risk it getting binned by its next owner.

Journal Entry 4 by wingGinPoodlewing at Fleet , Hampshire United Kingdom on Friday, November 8, 2013

Released 8 yrs ago (11/8/2013 UTC) at Fleet , Hampshire United Kingdom


Thanks so much for sending me this book, I apologise for the terrible delay in my reading it but it was certainly worth the wait. This is not a book I ever would have bought so its a very happy surprise indeed to have enjoyed it so much. I'm definitely going to look out for more of his books. I may even buy another copy of this one to keep myself because I think my boyfriend would enjoy this as a holiday read.

Next stop for this one is Leicestershire, UK and then its off to glorious Wales.

Journal Entry 5 by wingTanamowing at Hinckley, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Monday, November 11, 2013
Safely received in Hinckley. Thanks a lot.

Journal Entry 6 by wingTanamowing at Hinckley, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Like the previous reader I'm glad I have someone to pass this book on to as it would be a great shame if it ended up in a bin somewhere. I've always been fascinated by wolves so hearing about this author's encounters with them had me hooked and the humour was wonderful, from taking the mick out of the government to taking the mick out of himself and all written really well too. I need to remember the words muskeg and esker also as they would be great words for scrabble.

Journal Entry 7 by wingTanamowing at Cardiff, Wales United Kingdom on Thursday, November 28, 2013

Released 8 yrs ago (11/28/2013 UTC) at Cardiff, Wales United Kingdom


Mailed to another bookcrosser.

Journal Entry 8 by spike1972 at Cardiff, Wales United Kingdom on Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Apologies for the delay in doing a journal entry, but this arrived safe and sound a couple of days ago.

Unless anyone else wants to borrow it in the meantime, this will join Mt Tbr.

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