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Dreaming of Wolves: Adventures in the Carpathian Mountains of Transylvania

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Part travelogue, part memoir, part natural and cultural history, “Dreaming of Wolves” presents a unique and thought-provoking story of adventure. Through a series of entertaining vignettes and informative essays, the author paints an extraordinary portrait of the lives of wolves, of the researchers who study them, and of the rural people with whom they have coexisted for c ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published July 1st 2010 by Hancock House Publishing (first published 2010)

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Angie Hilbert WanderLit
The diary entries from March 3 to May 24 will be interesting to wolf enthusiasts. I enjoyed Alan’s descriptions of tracking wolves and his observations of what he learns of wolf behavior. Occasionally, he gives lovely descriptions of the scenery and historical attractions in the area. I enjoyed these. Dearest and I are thinking about hiking the Carpathian Mountains next year and reading about the little towns of Romania was fun. Alan does have a gift for description. I enjoyed his visit to monas ...more
Linda
Feb 15, 2013 Linda rated it really liked it
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I received this book free through Goodreads First Reads.

Well-known and respected tracking authority, Dr. James C. Halfpenny, PhD. has written the blurb on the back cover of this book. As a tracker myself(CyberTracker Track& Sign level II, western Washington), this assured me that the animal tracking and wildlife information inside would be accurate.

I thoroughly enjoyed the author's adventures as he tracked wolves as part of a research project. He makes the Romanian countryside and it's wil
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Nancy
Jan 06, 2013 Nancy rated it it was amazing
I envy this author Alan E. Sparks, through books I can only be taken on such a adventure like his. I can't imagine myself just packing up and leaving everything familiar. I think a section on the back cover explains this book best, "Yes it is a travelogue, a personal adventure, but it is also a narrative explaining wolf ecology and behavior versus rural cultural integrity and history"
This book was packed with information of the area and the wolves, but you weren't overwhelmed with information.
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Colleen Sparks
Jul 24, 2011 Colleen Sparks rated it really liked it
This is a well written account of life in rural Romania, the history of the area, and a man's experience learning about wolves first hand with little formal knowledge of the subject. My only complaint is that sometimes it's a little too philosophical for my taste, although I enjoy the cultural commentary. Overall a very interesting read.
Jane
Jan 20, 2012 Jane rated it it was amazing
I love good books about Romania, and this true story of a man who joined a wolf project in Transylvania was good reading. I liked learning about wildlife management there, and how the author felt about living in a primitive cabin in the Carpathian Mountains.
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