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The Dog Who Wouldn't Be by Farley Mowat
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Aug 07, 10

it was amazing
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If you haven't made the acquaintance of the Canadian author Farley Mowat, you are now in for a treat. Perhaps best known for his book "Never Cry Wolf", he is at his best when describing wildlife in the Canadian prairies where he grew up in the 1920s-1930s. At the height of the dust bowl/depression years, Farley's father, a librarian, moved the family from Ontario to the remote prairie town of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. At the very edge of town, the untamed natural life of the prairie beckoned. As much about his youth as about the dog who shared his adventures, this book will make you ache for a time and a lifestyle long gone. Farley describes with a wry twinkle the travels he made with his parents in their old car, "Eardley", with Mutt in the rumble seat, sticking his nose into the 'slipstream', and wearing goggles against the dust. With one of the most touching endings of any dog story you will every read, this is a book to savor.I have read this book several times over the years and enjoyed it anew each time. This time around, I listened to an audio version read by James Armstrong (and including a recording of Mowat's "Owls in the Family"). Armstrong gave an excellent rendition of this classic.
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