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The Philosopher and the Wolf: Lessons from the Wild on Love, Death and Happiness Kindle Edition
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The strange thing is that, because it felt like I'd read so much of the book in the published extracts, I felt I knew exactly what I was getting: a moving account of a man's experience living with a wolf. I nearly typed "owning" but, if you read the book, you will appreciate how inappropriate that term would be.
However, I was a long way off the mark in my expectations. Yes, the moving and funny accounts of life with an essentially wild animal were still there, there's definitely a wolf, but there's also the philosopher.
The author turns his expert mind on the experience of sharing 11 years of his life with Brenin to a wonderfully though-provoking extent. I found myself wanting to read the book to experience the journey of life with the wolf, but also wanting to check my progress to contemplate the issues on life and people raised.
It turns out living with a wolf shines a significant light on how we are as people. That Rowland's ultimate analysis of homo sapiens is somewhat unflattering (that our intelligence is driven by our need to understand our peers so that we can deceive them more and use them for our own purposes) doesn't make it wrong.
The book is both enlightening and uplifting and I recommend it whole-heartedly.
Having lived more than a decade in Zimbabwe, England and France respectively I feel qualified to add that the ape mind is not the only one. Clearly anglo saxon (or northern?) - the mediterranean (or southern?) modification might be something for nothing rather than all you can get; and the African mind is altogether more generous. Much of my life has been a long hard fight on all fronts and I realise my thinking reflects that in a tendency to cover all options asap and give no quarter: particularly in comparison with friends whose thinking is very graceful and supple and or peacable: there are apparently various 'minds' and 'brains' and ways of developing a considered/cultured/open/lucid/kind mind?
(This is a lovely quote - about David Bowie - something to aim towards?
In a statement released last week, Mr Renck said: 'One could only dream about collaborating with a mind like that; let alone twice. Intuitive, playful, mysterious and profound.
'I have no desire to do any more videos knowing the process never ever gets as formidable and fulfilling as this was. I've basically touched the sun.'
Or he could bring this experience to everything he does?)
Add in Jung and integration and you aren't stuck with what you have got and have an anima animus for extra info and leverage. Ages since I read Camus but I remember he ended feeling that wemust imagine that Sisyphus is happy?, and feel sure that with a child in the house, this kind of intrinsic value to day to day life and its vicissitudes is evident.Read more ›
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An account and more from a man and his deep connection with his best friend. Thoroughly enjoyable read. Highly recommended.Published 1 month ago by Mr. M. P. Broughton
Very interesting book as I'm lurcher owner. New insights into animal behaviours and correspondingly that of humans. Thought provoking with long lasting resonance.Published 1 month ago by dawne1230
I really liked the book - makes you think and think and think and think. Well worth a read.Published 2 months ago by Michael
I absolutely loved this book. A must read for dog lovers everywhere - you'll learn so much! Skipped the in-depth philosophy stuff which was a bit over my head and a tad boring... Read morePublished 5 months ago by hungrybookworm
Was a present for some one's friend they enjoyed it tremendouslyPublished 6 months ago by Ms. Ann Brown
An extraordinary piece of writing - funny, profound and deeply thought provoking. Should have been a best-seller. One of the best books written about humans and other animalsPublished 6 months ago by M. S. Stewart
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