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This is part where the Inuit tell their story about the origins of the wolf. This is not how it happens in the book, but the contours of the story are the same.

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The film takes place in Alaska. The novel takes place in Keewatin, which is a place you probably never heard of.

The book is also much funnier than the film. The part where one of the wolves hooks up with a husky bitch is the most vivid and hilarious description of canine courtship I’ve ever read.

And yes, I’m aware of all the controversies about Mowat’s account, especially the theory that wolves live on mice when they den. Yes, this is at best creative nonfiction.

But there’s nothing wrong with creative nonfiction, provided one understands what part is creative.

The writing is good. It makes the reader appreciate wolves, the arctic, and the native peoples who live there.

If I want biology, I’ll read Mech. If I want to have a reason to admire this animal, I’ll read Mowat.

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This is from the film adaptation of Farley Mowat’s Never Cry Wolf:

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Somehow, I don’t think that this will work, simply because wolves are unlikely to view human urine in the same way that they view the urine of other wolves.

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27 Cups of Tea

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Yes!

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Now, please don’t give me grief about the old wolves and mice thing. There are wolves that live on rodents. However, they aren’t in North America. They are African. Ethiopian wolves live in large packs (for some reason), and live on nothing but rodents and other small prey.

If you read the book on which this is based, the wolves do hunt caribou.

For those who quibble with the veracity of the work– it’s not entirely nonfiction. It’s partially ethnography and folklore. Most of the wolf “observations” are actually how the viewed Ihalmiut them. And they knew the wolves before we began to select them for reactive and nervous behavior through our persecution. So who knows what the truth was?

It’s basically a good read. And the film is good, too.

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