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This review is from: The Philosopher and the Wolf: Lessons from the Wild on Love, Death and Happiness (Paperback)I'm not into dogs or wolves for that matter, but found this book
enlightening vis-a-vis many aspects of human social interaction, and the
ways (sometimes positive but more often negative) that the human
species relates to other animals.
This is conveyed through a narrative of the 11 year 'journey' of
Brenan's life with the author.
This sort of book appeals because it relates philosophy to real-life
situations and so makes the subject accessible and enjoyable to the
layman. The non-specialist comes away having assimilated the essence
- if not the detail- of the philosophy, which would otherwise require
formal training to appreciate.
Rowland's narrative puts me in mind of Robert Pirsig's writing, though
I found this book to be a somewhat easier read.
Incidentally, I feel that it is inappropriate to strongly criticize
perceived 'errors' in the training method used. To treat this as a
canine trainig manual misses the point by a mile.