"The wolf exerts a powerful influence on the human imagination. It takes your stare and turns it back on you." So Barry Lopez writes in his first major work of nonfiction, a careful study of the way that wolves and humans have interacted over centuries, and the way that the wolf has become so central to our thinking about animals. Drawing on considerable personal experience with wolves and on an astonishing range of literature, Lopez argues for the necessity of wolves in the world, which would be much poorer without their howl. Thanks in part to the influence of this essential book about Canis lupus, first published in 1978, we know a great deal more about wolves and are all the better prepared to assure their protection....
|Title||:||Of Wolves and Men (Scribner Classics)|
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|Number of Pages||:||337 pages|
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Of Wolves and Men (Scribner Classics) Reviews
An amazing book, this is a look at wolves, primarily with an American focus, but with a range that is much broader. Divided into 4 sections: The first looks at the natural history of the wolf - their range, habits, seasonal round, diet, body language, and their interactions with one another and with other cohabiting species. The second section looks at the contrast between how the wolf is seen by traditional people who cohabit with the wolf v. modern wildlife biologists, and uncovers many nuance ...more
Barry Lopez has dedicated his incredible career as a writer and thinker to exploring the confluence of nature and culture. Most of his fiction explores the subject through the lens of individuals, scientists and shamans and aesthetes, historical figures and travelers. Most of his non-fiction is place based, though the focus ranges from cities to islands to the entire Arctic.
Rather than offering his own viewpoint, then (though it is not concealed and certainly emerges throughout the book), Lopez ...more
Very interesting in most parts. A lot of detail. Lopez covers all aspects of wolves and of their relationship to people. There was a large section about killing wolves. Yes, it was relevant, but I found it hard to read because I found it distasteful. There's a very nice section near the end about wolves in tales and fables.
Lopez makes a point in the beginning that not much is known about wolvse (especially at the time that this book was written) so if you're looking for an informative source on wolves for a project, perhaps this isn't it. But he does show off some flair in his writing, and I think some of the meanings that Native Americans have put behind wolves are interesting.
Lopez starts the book with a section, "Canis lupus ...", describing the wolf, including a physical description, habits, social structure and hunting habits. He notes that the habits of captive wolves are not necessarily indicative of wild wolves.
The second section, "And a Cloud Passes Overhead", discusses the native people's observations of and interactions with the wolf. He states "It is one of the oddities of our age that much of what the Eskimos know about wolves ... wildlife biologists are s ...more
“I am in a small cabin outside Fairbanks, Alaska, as I write these words. The cold sits down like iron here, and the long hours of winter darkness cause us to leave a light on most of the day. Outside, at thirty below, wood for the stove literally pops apart at the touch of the ax. I can see out across the short timber of the taiga when I am out there in the gray daylight.”
I read Of Wolves and Men the same year I read Lopez's Arctic Dreams; the latter was a gift from my mentor and teacher, a sch ...more
I read Of Wolves and Men about a year before reading Lopez's Arctic Dreams. I'm not sure which one he wrote first. They are both excellent reads, both a wondrous blend of ecology, environmentalism, philosophy, sociology, psychology and frustration. As I wrote in my review of Arctic Dreams, Lopez is a gifted narrator with a strong voice. Excellent and suggested reading.
Fifteen years after first reading Of Wolves and Men, this book is still, in my opinion, the best examination of man's complicated love/hate relationship with canis lupus, and why the survival of the wolves matters to the survival of ourselves -- our inner souls, most of all. Barry Lopez's language is lyrical and magical, close to worshipful, but never preachy or political. This is not a book about environmentalism or preserving a threatened species. It's a love story about wolves. Not dogs, but ...more