Friday, June 5, 2009

Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?

Wolves had had a bad press and philosopher Mark Rowlands sets the record straight in this marvellous marvellous book published by Granta. As a young man, Rowlands adopts a wolf cub and trains it to live with him, but more importantly he falls in love with this wild, intelligent, loyal creature and is inspired to explore the nature of wolves and how they differ from humans, and what it was about his time living with Brenin the Wolf that made Rowlands a better person. This is one of those books that bends the mind around corners it may never have gone before. I am still pondering Rowlands' analysis of the moral contract we make with animals.

3 comments:

Gondal-girl said...

I have been dancing around this one Mary, will look into it. There is also another book around about a parrot and her scientist...very intriguing, Corvus mark 2 and 3 in flavour perhaps...?

Mary McCallum said...

Dance no longer, GG. It is more than a Corvus 2 - it is transformative. I look at my dog differently now and react differently to news about how humans treat animals. It's even made me think about being a vegetarian...

Gondal-girl said...

wow, that is a powerful book then. I am already vego, have never been able to disassociate the meat from the animal...will check it out