The Dog Who Wouldn't Be
Farely Mowat's best loved book tells the splendidly entertaining story of his boyhood on the Canadian prairies.Mutt's pedigree was uncertain, but his madness was indisputable.He climbed tress and ladders, rode passenger in an open car wearing goggles and displaying hunting skills that bordered on sheer genius.He was a marvelous dog, worthy of an unusual boy growing up a ra...more
Mowat had an amazing childhood full of experiences with wildlife in the great outdoors. Mutt the dog was Mowat’s companion as a kid, among a great menagerie that included owls, snakes, gophers and more. Mutt argued with the family, wore goggles in the car and couldn’t seem to leave a skunk alone. He was certainly a dog worth writing a book about. Mowat’s bemused language a...more
I am not generally in for the "heart-warming" reads. I don't think it will really be spoiling anything to warn you ahead of time that nothing lasts forever. As a boy and his dog progr...more
I did feel that the story of the boat building and that of the owls could have been shortened as Mutt had little to do with the first one and only a small part in the second that I mention. Nevertheless a nice litt...more
Mutt dies at the end and it's very sad. However, Farley Mowat wrote one of the most moving sentences sentences I've ever read about his death: "And so the pact of timelessness between us was broken and I went from him into the darkening tunnel of the years."
Like James Herriott, Farley Mowatt may tailor the truth for the sake of storytelling, but Mutt's tale--sorry--is funny and rewarding. Just know you'll probably cry.
through the eyes of an adult. After having pets of all kinds with quirky personalities and seemingly human capabilities, I can appreciate even more deeply the relationship between this particular boy and his canine companion.
Many of his most popular works have been memoirs of his childhood, his war service, and his work as a naturalist. His works have been translated into 52 languages and he has sold more than 14 million books.
Mowat studied biology at the University of Toronto. During a field trip to the Arctic, Mowat became outrage...more