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Robert Haile Robert (last edited Feb 10, 2014 05:53PM ) Feb 10, 2014 05:51PM
Do you think that the Hahn Chinese in Wolf Totem symbolize the hunters, ranchers, anti environmental Americans who want to destroy the North American wolves ignorant of the history of Inner Mongolia and the vital importance of the wolf as a predator.



No, this is a book about China, written by a Chinese person who was sent to Inner Mongolia during the Cultural Revolution and in retrospect saw the Han Chinese as sheep content to be led around by their masters, in contrast to the rugged people who live in Inner Mongolia, who he came to know and respect some forty years ago. Certainly there is a message here about the vital importance of the wolf as a predator, but I think that Barbara Kingsolver's Prodigal Summer is more on the mark about American experience. It is interesting to compare the two books, however.


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