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From ancient times, wolves have been mythologized as ferocious and predatory beasts. In Never Cry Wolf conservationist Farley Mowat sets out to correct the stereotypes. Using his observations of a Canadian wolf pack, Mowat paints a sensitive picture of the wolf as a mild-tempered and graceful animal with strong familial bonds and a taste for small prey rather than livestoc...more
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Published July 6th 2010 by Naxos Audiobooks (first published 1963)
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David Hughes
This is a book I both love and hate. I love it because I love wolves and this is a well-written, entertaining story about wolves. I hate it's made up from start to finish, yet the tagline on the cover says, "The incredible true story of life among Arctic wolves."

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.

Wha...more
Greer
I picked this up due to fond memories of viewing the 1983 movie in biology class. In this 1963 book, naturalist Farley Mowat chronicles his experiences observing wolves in the Canadian barrenlands 1948-49. I have mixed feelings about the book. On the plus side: it presented a positive image of wolves and stirred interest in their preservation. However, as a scientist I'm put off by the embellishments Mowat throws in both to make the story more entertaining and to sway the reader toward his point...more
Jim
Crazy, but absolutely amazing. Mowat moves in next to a pack of wolves & observes them. His description of 'marking' his territory (with the help of several pots of tea) & how the alpha male managed the same feat with a single pass, showing far better control, is both funny & exhilarating. He's cut off a part of their path as his territory, sits there weaponless & participates with them at their level. That pretty much describes the book. It's fascinating.
Jillyn
Oct 26, 2012 Jillyn rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jillyn by: Chris
Shelves: given-away
Written in the sixties, this book follows the year that naturalist Farley Mowat lived among the wolves. Hired to observe these wolves up in Canada to see why they were killing caribou, Mowat uses humor, observation, and a bit of personification to narrate his observations of wolf behavior and what he learned from his time living in the wild.

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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
Jenn Noto
I had come across this book by chance at the bookstore I work at, and with wolves being my favorite animal (particularly arctic wolves as in the book) I just had to at least read the synopsis on the back of the book. I normally never read nonfiction books, simply because I'm not interested in that type of reading. However, when I saw how similar Farley Mowat's views on wolves are to mine, it immediately caught my attention.

So many people in the world view wolves as vicious killers and nothing m...more
Chana
I have read this book before, I loved it then and I love it now.
I didn't grow up around hunting or around wolves so this book had a profound impact on the way I viewed both. I've always had a love of animals and nature so I was a natural to find this book inspiring, wonderful and incredibly sad. For a book I haven't read in about 30 years I had remarkable recall of most of the scenes. That is probably because of the sense of humor and the pathos with which Farley Mowat writes, it is a beautiful...more
Martha☀
Nov 10, 2013 Martha☀ rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Martha☀ by: Bound Together
In this fictionalized account of Farley Mowat's summer time sojourn to the Arctic in the late 1940s, the harmful myths about wolves are broken and light is shed on their playful, family-oriented nature. At that time, the wolf reputation as an insatiable killer was maintained by trappers who collected a bounty for every wolf hide they produced. There was no scientific research on wolves until Mowat set out specifically to study them.
His accounts of the Wolf House Bay pack are eye-opening to him,...more
Joe
I was given this book as a gift from one of my coworkers, and because of his powerhouse personality, was actually a little apprehensive to read it. In fact, it sat idly on my bookshelf for nearly 4 months before I dusted it off and gave it a try. While the book did get off to a slow start, a quite non impressive introduction to the world in which the author would inhabit for nearly 2 years, the story was all of a sudden kick-started for me with the introduction of the wolf family. George, Angeli...more
Evan
Farley Mowat's Never Cry Wolf is a classic of environmental, wildlife and adventure literature -- beautifully written, funny and moving all the way to its gorgeous final pages, which, I admit, made me cry.

A marvelous film was made from this book in 1983, which I would also highly recommend, if you've never seen it. Of course, it's no substitute for this book, but is excellent in its own right.

The book starts out as a sort of MASH-like satire on the nonsensical bureaucracies of the Canadian gover...more
Jessica Griggs
Never Cry Wolf

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
Amy
I found out something shocking about Mowat from one of the reviewers below. So here is my original review followed by my updated one:

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
Kayla
This was a truly unique book. It is about a biologist who works for the Dominion Wildlife Service.

After a series of events occur Farley was sent (his department basically got rid of him) to the Arctic to study and kill Arctic wolves. After more funny mess-ups occur. Farley Mowat was literally abandoned out in the middle of nowhere. (The pilot thought he was about three hundred miles northwest of Churchill.)

After coming in close contact with a pack of wolves Farley starts his study, and he becom...more
Summer {is puntastic}
Bleh. One of the most uninteresting and horribly written book I've read in a while.

Want proof? It took me nearly a month to read this book.

Not only that, but its filled with blatant lies about wolves.

Example: According to this garbagebook, apparently wolves live off of mice. Coming from someone who knows little regarding wolves prior to reading this novel, I know for a fact that wolves do NOT only eat mice. What a ridiculous lie.

All in all, this book was a waste of my time. I appreciate that it...more
Eden
Eden Morillo
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My review of the book "Never cry wolf"

You never know the life of a wild animal until you submit your life to study one.Never cry wolf is a fascinating story of the daily lives of arctic wolves. The author used such descriptive detail it made you feel as if you are at the frozen tundra as if you were Farley Mowat accepting the mission to investigate why the wolves were killing arctic caribou. in this book he dedicates an entire summer to solve the mystery but in doing so he falls...more
Courtney
Last semester of high school, this was one of the options to read for a group project. Unfortunately no one else wanted to read it, so I ended up borrowing it from the teacher and reading it myself. (The group I was in ended up reading 'The Englishman's Boy'... :P)

I was seriously glad I decided to read it. My clearest memory of reading it is just sitting in class and having to stop and put the book down in the midst of a giggling fit so I could calm down enough to keep reading (and not look like...more
Dawn
A poignant and thought-provoking book. I wished for more at the end.
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
Dianne
I have no idea why I haven't read Farley Mowat before, but I am sure I'll be reading more. Very well written and entertaining as well, "Never Cry Wolf" is the story of Mowat's Arctic adventure as a biologist with the Canadian Government. He was sent to study the wolves the government believed were responsible for the diminishing caribou population. His assignment was to find a solution for "the wolf problem".

One of the review blurbs on the first page says "...even if you don't give a hang about...more
William Galaini
The feelings that surround this book are complicated, but the book itself is not. This is a charming read that is sharply written, well engaging, and joyful. The writer clearly loves his subject and his idealism is encountered constantly without feeling heavy handed or naive.

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
Gavin
I remember seeing the movie as a kid, but the book is really impressive. He's funny, thoughtful, and insightful without ever being preachy. Aside from shedding a significant amount of light on the daily lives of wolves, I really came away with a renewed appreciation for how stupid humans can be sometimes.

Mowat gets sent into the tundra to essentially confirm the government's suspicions that wolves are destroying the caribou herds. Of course, it's not wolves (it's hunters) and the animals all liv...more
[Name Redacted By Goodreads Because Irrelevant to Review]
While I love wolves and appreciate Mowat's passion on their behalf, there's something off-putting about his writing style. I'm not sure if it's the way he constructs the narrative (so that he himself is the star rather than the wolves) or his tone (which I felt, even at the age of 11, was rather smug and self-satisfied), but I found myself profoundly irritated throughout. It turns out he has a habit of "never let[ting] the facts get in the way of the truth" and that the events he recounts in the...more
Avi
I used to say this was my favorite book when asked as a child. It's hard for me now to imagine that I really grasped all the humor and details in the story as a grade school kid. Nevertheless, I read it again just now, and I thoroughly enjoyed every bit! I didn't realize how hysterical Mowat and his writing can be. However, I was disheartened to read after completing the book (which can be read in a day) that most of it was fiction. And most of the events, presented as factual, were most likely...more
Tom Mueller
The folly of man's senseless fear of and cruelty towards wolves has been proven baseless for generations. The family bonds they hold dear put those of man to shame; that they perform a necessary function of strengthening the health of their prey is beyond dispute. Why then, is the senseless cruelty of these noble creatures permitted - even rewarded by bounties - by man? Mowat, charged by his governmental employers with proving wolves' bloodlust, finds the tranquil harmony with which they lead th...more
Darwin8u
One of those books that if fun to review because my feelings about it change depending on how I look at it. As a pure book of science reporting/writing, it is probably a noble failure. As a influential environmental book, it is probably a wild success.

It is controversial (STILL) and entertaining (STILL) and a piece of shit/scat and a piece of art. My kids loved it for all the wrong reasons and I probably hate parts of it for all the wrong reasons. So, yes, I'm glad I read it, but I also recogniz...more
Brannon
I enjoyed reading this book. It is the story of a man who goes to study the arctic wolves. He spends time with them and comes to understand who they really are. He debunks the myth that the wolves were destroying the caribou (they were destroyed by careless hunters.) He meets a guy who can speak the wolf language -- I liked that part. Overall I would consider it an eye-opening story. It represents what I feel to be true and correct environmentalism: the ability to do an in-depth study sufficient...more
Silvio111
I remember knowing about this book in the early '70s. (It was published in 1963.) I think I may have even read it, because for years I remember feeling sympathetic to the author, Farley Mowat.

I just re-read it, in one sitting. Such an excellent book! I have been vaguely aware over the years of the government's fluctuation between deeming wolves "protected" and then deciding they were no longer endangered, so farmers and hunters could go ahead and shoot them. And of course, this was accompanied b...more
Michael Sova
In case you are somehow under the impression that dysfunctional government bureaucracy is either new or singular to the United States, I encourage you to read Never Cry Wolf: Amazing True Story of Life Among Arctic Wolves. In this 1963 release, author, naturalist and Canadian Wildlife Service employee Farley Mowat is dispatched to the frozen tundra of Northern Canada to verify the widely accepted theory that growing packs of deadly, savage and bloodthirsty wolves are methodically killing off th...more
Rosemary
I loved this book! Very entertaining. When this book was put on the book club list, I wasn't looking forward to it, never heard of, and wasn't sure I would read it. Of course once I started it, I couldn't put it down. It was a very fun read and has totally influenced the current attitude towards wolves. I wonder how much of it is truth and how much is fiction? I'm avoiding wolves, but plan on reading more books from Mowatt.
Lisa
I think I first read this in high school, and totally loved it.

But did you read the description in goodreads? "By enquiring into the puzzle of sibling relations, Frank J. Sulloway pioneers a new view of how family affects individual development. He shows that birth-order is so fundamental to the family that it transcends gender, class and nationality." Wow, the book must have changed since I read it ...
Sue
I needed a book to set me back on the I-love-books track. The last few I read were less than awesome. The streak has been broken! Never Cry Wolf was a great read that made me want to go study wolves in the arctic. The writing is well done and the author's perspective is intriguing and humorous. Now I must watch the movie!
Caroline
I remember the movie Never Cry Wolf from late elementary school. I don't remember why we were shown it; I don't remember studying wolves at all, but I do remember watching and enjoying the movie. Flash forward many years after and I saw the book Never Cry Wolf at the library used book sale. The narrator is a biologist working for the Canadian government who is sent to the north country to study Arctic wolves, and specifically, to prove that they are bloodthirsty creatures who kill caribou for fu...more
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Farley McGill Mowat was a conservationist and one of Canada's most widely-read authors.
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 outrag...more
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“We have doomed the wolf not for what it is, but for what we deliberately and mistakenly perceive it to be –the mythologized epitome of a savage ruthless killer – which is, in reality, no more than a reflected image of ourself.” 115 likes
“Somewhere to the eastward a wolf howled; lightly, questioningly. I knew the voice, for I had heard it many times before. It was George, sounding the wasteland for an echo from the missing members of his family. But for me it was a voice which spoke of the lost world which once was ours before we chose the alien role; a world which I had glimpsed and almost entered...only to be exclued, at the end, by my own self.” 6 likes
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