The Wolf in the Parlor: The Eternal Connection between Humans and Dog
There is no question that the dog inhabits a singular position in relation to humans, a position no other animal occupies. But where did this extraordinary bond originate, and what distinguishes it from the way we feel about other animals? And why is it that humans are as important to dogs as they are to us? Jon Franklin set out to find out and ended up spending a decade s...more
"Just exactly what is a wolf doing in my parlor?" Science journalist Jon Franklin spends nine interesting CDs (I listened to the audiobook) answering this question in the frame of evolution.
I would have given The Wolf in the Parlor five stars, but IMHO, the book didn't get personal soon enough. Instead of chronicling the history of his employment and laying out his credentials as a science journalist, he would have captivated the reader and hooked us for the ride much earlier if he had begun the...more
The author's style, while it is probably enjoyable to read when used for short articles, gets tiresome with a book of this length. But the book's length could also be cut down drastically. The material is extremely repetitive, a lot seems like pointless dribble and fluff, and all in all the whole thing just seems like the author's musing and never seems to come to any hard points. He talks about "the wolf in the parlor" and "son of wolf, son of ape" far too much. It's in...more
If you're a dog person (which the author contends we all are), then no doubt you'll find something to take away from this easy-to-read and enjoyable book.
He makes an extremely keen, valid point that Dog is so omnipresent in the life of Human, and yet we know nothing, just nothing, about HOW and WHY. And that boggles me beyond all sense. Homo sapiens and Canis familiaris are pr...more
You can tell this guy has a BIG EGO (how else do you explain how & why he wrote in this book on dogs that if only the newspaper industry would hav...more
The cons: There was a lot of science -- scientific facts, scientific evidence, scientific lingo, and for the lay person, it was a tad overdone. I would s...more
It is very light on scientific fact. There are a few tidbits or observations here, but mostly it's the same stuff we've heard many many times before. I.E. dogs helped domesticate themselves by hanging around human garbage du...more
Jon Franklin really put in all on the line in this scientific, personal, exploratory book. The few issues I had were the first few chapters were largely personal st...more
The book is very informative and I learnt a lot about dogs and their relationships with human beings. Unfortunately, the author goes on and on making his points. Too many things are repeated. He could have and should have cut down the size of the book by half which would make it lucid and enjoyable read.
The author mentions that the relations between man and dog began 12, 000 years ago when the last ice age ended. But, he does not explain why it happened then. He also mentions that at about the...more
Franklin explores the scientific evidence (or lack thereof) of how dogs may have evolved to become man's best friend. In the process he also shows how man evolved to become dog's best provider. The historical relationship developed in much different ways and for different re...more
I the liked the approach of looking at the relationship between humans and dogs from an evolutionary approach, using what little can be found in the fossil record in support. This was intermixed with the author's personal experiences with dogs, and while this was interesting and Franklin wrote quite eloquently about these experiences, I got more out of the history and theory discussions.
I have looked for a book for a long time that could explain the origins of the bond we humans share with dogs, but this is the only one to do so. It is based on a mixture of scientific facts, philosophy, and suppositions. But whether all the details are true or not is less important than the bigger implications. By learning more about our true evolution as humans, we have the potential to change our entire way of looking at the w...more