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A book that has left a lasting impression
on 13 February 2003
I first read Never Cry Wolf when I was about 10 or 12, and it is a book I have reread every five years or so since. At the time it changed my opinion of wolves from a typical "bloodthirty scarey creatures" to a more rounded opinion.
Mowat's unscientific techniques and his dry sense of humour liven up the book and make it an entertaining, as well as an informative, read.
It is also a case-in-point of how men have blamed other animals for their own depredations - in this case the wolves were being blamed for the sudden slaughter of Canadian caribou in the 1960s. (This same thing still happens today - seals are blamed on the Scottish coast for the sudden disappearance of large fish stocks. Hmmm.)
"Never Cry Wolf" has been one of my all-time-favourite books - I could recommend it to both adults and teenagers.