Never Cry Wolf
Let's get one thing straight: Never Cry Wolf is fiction. Made up. Fabricated. And quite a lot of it is, at least in terms of factual accuracy, horseshit. Mowat knew a lot about life in the Arctic, but he didn't know much about wolves.
I love his rich writing style, dry wi...more
In the beginning Farley told about how he got to Canada and how he had many troubles with...more
In the first half of the book, the main character, Farley Mowat, is introduced. You get a minor- blurry vision of Farl...more
It is a beautiful portrait of wolves. The wolves have a well-developed societal structure, are intelligent survivors and loving family members. I became very attached to George, Angeline, Albert, and the pups. The author also does a great job conveying what it's like to conduct a full wildlife study in such a remote place with bosses that are so far removed from reality. He develops relationships with some of the Eskimos nearby...more
I read this book in high school based on a recommendation by a teacher. We were supposed to read at least one non-fiction book for class, but I wasn’t really into the non-fiction genre. Luckily, Never Cry Wolf feels and reads more like a work of fiction (partially because many believe Mowat’s retelling to indeed be a work of fiction). There is a lot of controversy over how much, if any, of the book is based on real events. Was it a wise decision to sacrifice credibility for enterta...more
Farley Mowat’s famous book, Never Cry Wolf, was both a fascinating read and a revival of my childhood. Originally published in 1963, the book was later adapted into a film in 1983. When I was possibly five or six years old, I watched the movie version of Never Cry Wolf with my mother and older brother. Needless to say, prior to reading the book, I had completely forgotten about the movie considering the fact I was so young when I viewed it. By pure chance, I happened upon this book in my parents...more
Usually, non-fiction isn't something that interests me, or interests me for very long. But NEVER CRY WOLF kept me captive for the entire book.
I think that Farley Mowat did a really good job with the humor - it was really funny, but in an everyday kind of humor, almost.
But while he had the humor, he also had his discoveries and facts woven in, which made the book even more interesting. I learned a lot about wolves in...more
A true and brilliant account by the author, who was sent out by the Canadian parks service during the early 50's to assess the wolves in the arctic (with anti-wolf sentiment running irrationally high) and the directive to quantify this animals evils. it was excellent, funny and filled with humility/self-parody that made me laugh out loud. yet i liked that it didn't...more
His task is to study the wolves' migratory and predation patterns, with the underlying assumption that wolves were the primary driver for the decimation of Canada's caribou herds.
Rolling onto the tundra as a newly minted biologist, Mowat convinces h...more
Each wolf in this story is a distinct character and the narrator presents each challenge playfully without diminishing the danger present. The majesty of the hunt is also detailed and revered with colorful language without b...more
I had to read this for my English class this semester. It followed about four other books on natural systems that I did not care for at all, and I'm happy...more
The book 'Never Cry Wolf' by Farley Mowat is about a guy who goes to Alaska. He went to Alaska because he wanted to find out why wolves were killing Arctic caribou. Farley took a plane there and stayed in a tent. The tent was about 10 yards from a path the wolves take. His mission was to kill wolves in order to save the caribou. Then Farley starts growing emotions for the furry little creatures. Farley now thinks of then as a family, a family he has to break up. Does he have the heart to...more
One of the review blurbs on the first page says "...even if you don't give a hang about...more
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