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  • Title: Of Wolves and Men
  • Author: Barry López
  • ISBN: 9780684163222
  • Page: 202
  • Format: Paperback
  • Originally published in 1978, this classic exploration of humanity s complex relationship with and understanding of wolves returns with a new afterword by the author.Humankind s relationship with the wolf is based on a spectrum of responses running from fear to admiration and affection Lopez s classic, careful study won praise from a wide range of reviewers and went on toOriginally published in 1978, this classic exploration of humanity s complex relationship with and understanding of wolves returns with a new afterword by the author.Humankind s relationship with the wolf is based on a spectrum of responses running from fear to admiration and affection Lopez s classic, careful study won praise from a wide range of reviewers and went on to improve the way books about wild animals are written Of Wolves and Men reveals the uneasy interaction between wolves and civilization over the centuries, and the wolf s prominence in our thoughts about wild creatures Drawing on an astonishing array of literature, history, science, and mythology as well as considerable personal experience with captive and free ranging wolves, Lopez argues for the necessity of the wolf s preservation and envelops the reader in its sensory world, creating a compelling picture of the wolf both as real animal and as imagined by man A scientist might perceive the wolf as defined by research data, while an Eskimo hunter sees a family provider much like himself For many Native Americans the wolf is also a spiritual symbol, a respected animal that can make both the individual and the community stronger With irresistible charm and elegance, Of Wolves and Men celebrates scientific fieldwork, dispels folklore that has enabled the Western mind to demonize wolves, explains myths, and honors indigenous traditions, allowing us to further understand how this incredible animal has come to live so strongly in the human heart.
    Of Wolves and Men Originally published in this classic exploration of humanity s complex relationship with and understanding of wolves returns with a new afterword by the author Humankind s relationship with the

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    1. 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 scholar o [...]

    2. 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 wolves [...]

    3. This is as much about man s complicated relationship with wolves as it is about the wolves themselves Lopez uses a four pronged approach to telling the story in that he considers four or less distinct perspectives Wolves as objects of scientific inquiry, as objects of interest to people bound up in the natural world with them, as objects of hatred for livestock raisers and, finally, as objects of man s literature, religion and mythology from Aristotle and Aseop up to modern times They all have [...]

    4. Lopez, Barry Of Wolves and Men New York Scribner, 1978With shocking and detailed descriptions of a species of animal for which the book is named, Lopez s novel immediately tosses the reader into a world made only for wolves and their prey Stunning images compliment his words and add such a unique flavor to his work Ranging from scientific explanations of wolves adaptability to their love and protection of their pack members, this work goes into deep analysis of the wolf and everything that the p [...]

    5. A few random quotes Imagine a wolf moving through the northern woods The movement, over a trail he has traversed many times before, is distinctive, unlike that of a cougar or a bear, yet he appears, if you are watching, sometimes catlike or bearlike It is purposeful, deliberate movement Occasionally the rhythm is broken by the wolf s pause to inspect a scent mark, or a move off the trail to paw among stones where a year before he had cached meat The movement down the trail would seem relentless [...]

    6. What a fantastic book.I ve long been in love with wolves, the idea of them and the truth behind them Of Wolves and Men by Barry Lopez examines both our conceptions of wolves and the truth of how little we know of the creature Myths are examined, legislation, and ethology This book neatly encompasses the bulk of what we know about wolves, what we think we know about them, and perhaps why we want to know It s one of the best books on the topic I ve ever come across I truly treasure this book it s [...]

    7. Of Wolves and Men, by Barry Lopez, explores many facets of the long and tempestuous relationship between humans and wolves Sadly, in an age of infinite information and growing eco awareness, many people still remain crippled by an overwhelming, totally irrational hatred of wolves They want them all dead Now.The people of hunting societies had immense respect for wolves, amazing animals that could survive long arctic winters without tools, clothing, or fires Both wolves and humans were highly int [...]

    8. My journey with this book begins in Yellowstone Late one night, my brother, a friend, and myself, accompanied by my red heeler dog, ventured up into the caldera for some star gazing and camping Instead of a restful sleep, we were stalked by a wolf who howled chillingly over and over as others joined in the chase We made it back to our car and the night grew silent The next day, driving through Shoshone, Wyoming, a woman was selling by the side of the road Of Wolves and Men by Barry Holstun Lopez [...]

    9. If I could only have three wolf books with me on a desert island, this would absolutely be one of them The other two change depending on my mood, but I wouldn t leave this one behind Of Wolves and Men offers wonderful insights into the biology and behavior of wolves But its greatest value is its discussion of wolf mythology and of our own complex and often disturbing attitudes about wolves What amazes me is that this book was written in 1978 and, although some of the science on behavior and biol [...]

    10. It can t be emphasized too strongly that the wolf simply goes about his business and men select only those few things the wolf does that interest them to pay attention to We do not know very much at all about animals We cannot understand them except in terms of our own needs and experiences We seem eager to be corrected, to know how wrong our ideas about wolves have been, how complex the creature really is, how ultimately unfathomable.

    11. 3.5 starsVery 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.

    12. In one sense Of Wolves and Men is not really so much about wolves, rather wolves are the alien species Lopez uses to expose how Mankind tries to understand the world, and how fear and misunderstand and plain stupidity inform that understanding or accurately our mis understanding The broad stories he uses are Native American and recent Eskimo view of wolves, Western folklore s influence on our modern approach to wolves and some actual scientific information about wolves BUT I think the overridi [...]

    13. I first heard of Barry Lopez when someone I knew recommended that I read Arctic Dreams That book will always remain one of my favorites There are moments in there that transcend anything other nature writers offer This is because Lopez is always trying to see the world through the eyes of the animals, or at least doing his best to not let his own cultural conditioning get in the way In Of Wolves and Men, Lopez explores the subject of wolves from many viewpoints He looks at the wolf in the wild h [...]

    14. A fascinating study of men s reactions to wolves Not so much about wolves as it is about the mythology, demonizing, and killing of them There s still some wolf y information, but for someone who has studied wolves for a lifetime, it s nothing new Still, I enjoyed reading about the different legends about wolves from different cultures I found the Pawnee legends particularly interesting The chapters on wolf hunting and the eradication of wolves was hard to read It was presented well, very straigh [...]

    15. extremely interesting, the ideas that are touched upon are incredible like the conversation of death between prey and predator its non fiction, but it doesn t slow you down with a bunch of facts, yet it still proves the ideas the pictures of wolves i find awesome, and i have been drawing some out of the the booke similarities between Inuit hunting techniques and wolf hunting techniques is close fair i really like the book i have now stared on the mythological medieval historical section i just [...]

    16. 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.

    17. In a world where wolves are misunderstood and persecuted, this should be required readingry hard to read at times but if you love wolves as I do, you have a duty to read it.

    18. Nearly forty years later, my only wish is that Lopez had continued updating this book, one of his first clear looks into the order of the natural world and how we as humans insist on disrupting it.In the case of wolves Because we re afraid Because we re prone to lying to ourselves, placing blame for events on the wolves when truly it was our doing our greed, usually all along Because we seemingly intrinsically have this need to eradicate other apex predators, as if they were truly a threat to ou [...]

    19. 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 off [...]

    20. 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.

    21. Laurens Schaad4 6 11Terry ThaxtonGoodReads Book reviewOf Wolves and MenBarry LopezNew York Scribner, 1978A new evolutionary look into the mind of wolves and the mind of men, Of Wolves and Men by Barry Lopez drives us through a journey that studies each species perspective on the wolves He is not just a naturalist but also a story teller First Lopez looks into the wolf itself, its makeup and evolutionary growth, its social commitments and the way they manage their species within itself Then Lopez [...]

    22. The question this book asks is What is a wolf Remember it s a human asking the question It starts out with the scientific approach for studying wolves and their behavior, like radio collars, and what has been learned, then moves on to views of the Native American and Inuit people who have lived with wolves in competition for the same food and for survival in an often hostile natural environment The author brings amazing ideas to light about the game of death of predator and prey and made me thin [...]

    23. This book was written in 1978, so the biology of wolves is a little out of date But the focus, as the name would suggest is not just on wolves, but man s perception of wolves A large portion is dedicated to what caused the extreme mass killings of wolves across the lower 48 states entirely eradicating wolves It was not just enough to lower the numbers so that they were not eating cattle, they had to be completely wiped out WHY Barry Lopez explores this through first hand interviews with the hunt [...]

    24. Presque 5 mois Il m en a fallu du temps pour finir ce livre au titre bien accrocheur, Of Wolves and Men Bon, une petite pause de 3 mois au milieu, priorit s priorit s plus jamais, d ailleurs toujours d accorder du temps de lecture quotidien pour sa sant mentale et son repos psychologique, pour se d payser des priorit s et des responsabilit s.Je n aurais pas d mettre autant de temps puisque ce tome, aussi long et d apparence complexe et technique soit il, se lit tr s facilement Je me souviens c t [...]

    25. I choose this book as a research source as I have a wolf character in a novel sequel I m currently writing in any case, I am always fascinated by the various wolf myths and with learning about who and what they really are The author wrote a truly satisfying, and eye opening, study of both myth and beast I was caught up immediately reading one of the introductory quotes chosen by this author, In a world older and complete than ours they move finished and complete, gifted with extension of the s [...]

    26. 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 still intent o [...]

    27. Tra lavori e traslochi, riesco finalmente a recensire questo libro, che avevo terminato ormai da un po di tempo In quanto vincitore del National Book Award , sembrava promettere bene Acquistato con grande entusiasmo, visto l incredibile fascino che i lupi esercitano nei miei confronti, mi aspettavo di conoscere meglio, pagina dopo pagina, il loro comportamento e il loro modo di interfacciarsi con l uomo Ma, anche per l ordine delle parole nel titolo, mi immaginavo comunque un saggio che avesse c [...]

    28. 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 nuanced obse [...]

    29. I enjoyed reading this book which contains some fascinating insights into the relationship between wolves and humans, both historically and now althought the book is a bit dated now.I confess to finding some parts very difficult to read as they were graphic details of some of the hunting techniques used against wolves As an animal lover these were too distressing for me.I thought the tone of the book was very well balanced neither too pro wolf nor to anti human It than anything made me apprecia [...]

    30. A fascinating and beautiful read.I went through a Barry Lopez phase years ago reading all his work but somehow this one always eluded me But it was worth waiting for This is one for anyone with an interest in animal behaviour and our dark history of mans interaction with nature through the ages His descriptions of wolves are Lopez at his lyrical and poetic best He really does have a wonderful turn of phrase and way of thinking For example in questioning the sensitivity to the senses, just imagin [...]

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