Monday, April 16, 2012

Never Cry Wolf

As a writer, my A to Z challenge is going to be about books, characters, TV shows and movies that have impacted me somehow. Enjoy! Be sure to check out Lee’s blog to find more bloggers taking on this challenge!
Never Cry Wolf

Wow. This book was my first introduction to Farley Mowat’s work. It’s based on his experiences being sent to the Canadian north to find out why the wolves were destroying the herds of caribou. Mowat lived in the remote parts of our country for a year and found out the wolves were doing nothing of the kind. It’s an incredible tale – even better because it’s true. So many great scenes that had me laughing out loud. And it’s another book that will make you think – and quite possibly change your perspective. This is not the only time this incredible author will show up in my challenge posts!

Do you know any of Mowat’s work? Have you seen the movie based on the book?

32 comments:

Lynda R Young said...

Now this book sounds interesting. I've not read it, but now I want to.

Old Kitty said...

I adore wolves and have such a respect for these wild wonderful much maligned and misunderstood creatures! So yay for this book and for Farley Mowat!! Take care
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Susan Fields said...

This book sounds great - thanks for the recommendation!

Jemi Fraser said...

Lynda - it's an amazing tale!

Old Kitty - me too. Wolves are gorgeous, intelligent creatures - yet they often have a negative reputation.

Susan - it really is! :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I haven't read the book but I did see the movie.

Jemi Fraser said...

Alex - the book is an incredible story! :)

Jen Daiker said...

I love finding out about new reads and this cover art and your praise makes me want to dive in. I'm also a sucker for people who write based on their own experiences. They definitely have the ability to bring the emotion!

With love - Jen from Unedited

DEZMOND said...

the books about wolves are often very interesting. My fave is WOLF TOTHEM by Jiang Rong which was a worldwide bestseller and had enormous depth and wisdom. I even translated it for the readers in my country

Clarissa Draper said...

Mowat is a great writer. My son has started reading his books this year ( I bought him a collection of Mowat's works last year).

welcome to my world of poetry said...

Sounds a good book.

Yvonne.

Journaling Woman said...

great choice. I can't remember if I've read it or seen a movie.

T

Rosalind Adam said...

Another great book recommendation from you, Jemi :-)

Susanne Drazic said...

Hi Jemi! I've not read the book, but I think I've seen the movie.

Have a wonderful day!

Susanne
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Mary said...

Oh, hey! Someone I haven't heard of, much less read. Awesome! I'll have to check it out.

Karen Walker said...

This really sounds fabulous. Will definitely check it out.
Karen

Amy said...

I so can't wait to read this one, it sounds like it's going to be an amazing read. Than you for sharing! :)

L. Diane Wolfe said...

The story is so sad. Since I AM a "Wolfe" I love wolves and hate seeing them killed.

S. L. Hennessy said...

I've never read it. Adding it to my ever GROWING list!

MimiTabby said...

great book and one of the best movies I've ever seen!!!

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Julie Dao said...

I've heard of it but have never read it! I think wolves are fascinating!

Jemi Fraser said...

Jen - it's a really good story - and as you say, better because it's true :)

Dezzy - you're right! Wolves are such fascinating creatures. I'll have to check that one out!

Clarissa - that's awesome to hear! I love his work!

Yvonne - it really is!

Teresa - the story is powerful either way!

Rosalind - thanks!

Susanne - it's a good one! :)

Mary - and some of your students might really like his books too (stronger readers)

Karen - it really is!

Amy - it is. Definitely a strong book.

Diane - I don't have the name - but I agree. Wolves have a bad rep for some reason.

SL - I know! I've added a pile from this challenge alone!

Mimi - yay! I loved the book!!

Julie - I think you'd like it. It's an honest and intriguing story. :)

Lynn Proctor said...

love wolves---i think i have heard of the movie--not the book

Jemi Fraser said...

Lynn - you'd probably like the book then. It's really interesting and intriguing. :)

Medeia Sharif said...

I haven't seen this book before, but I'd love to read it. I bookmarked the Amazon movie page for when I want to watch it later.

Jemi Fraser said...

Medeia - it's such a great book - hope you enjoy!! :)

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I'm not familiar with this author's work. It sounds like an interesting book.

Jemi Fraser said...

Susan - his writing is amazing. Honest, wry, heartfelt and with voice to spare. Awesome :)

Lydia Kang said...

I read this book as a kid while vacationing in Canada (perfect, right?) and since then I've read it multiple times. So much so that I can recite lines of it at random (like when they misspelled his name Varley Monfat on a telegram, or the catfish in the toilet incident, or the Creamed Mouse Recipe)...
Okay, you get the message. I LURVE this book.

Jemi Fraser said...

Lydia - definitely perfect! The mice recipes were priceless! And I love when he hides under the canoe near the beginning! :)

Leslie Rose said...

I thought the movie was terrific. I'll have to read the book, it's such an engaging story.

Patricia Stoltey said...

There's something almost romantic about wolves. Fascinating creatures. I'm adding this book to my TBR list. Thanks, Jemi.

Jemi Fraser said...

Leslie - it really is well done! I loved, loved the book!

Patricia - wolves really are. They're so maligned in a lot of literature, but they're fascinating animals :)