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The Dog Who Wouldn't Be

The Dog Who Wouldn't Be By Farley Mowat The Dog Who Wouldn t Be Farley Mowat s best loved book tells the splendidly entertaining story of his boyhood on the Canadian prairies Mutt s pedigree was uncertain but his madness was indisputable He climbed trees and ladd

  • Title: The Dog Who Wouldn't Be
  • Author: Farley Mowat
  • ISBN: 9780515056174
  • Page: 162
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Dog Who Wouldn't Be By Farley Mowat Farley Mowat s best loved book tells the splendidly entertaining story of his boyhood on the Canadian prairies Mutt s pedigree was uncertain, but his madness was indisputable He climbed trees and ladders, rode passenger in an open car wearing goggles and displaying hunting skills that bordered on sheer genius He was a marvelous dog, worthy of an unusual boy growing up iFarley Mowat s best loved book tells the splendidly entertaining story of his boyhood on the Canadian prairies Mutt s pedigree was uncertain, but his madness was indisputable He climbed trees and ladders, rode passenger in an open car wearing goggles and displaying hunting skills that bordered on sheer genius He was a marvelous dog, worthy of an unusual boy growing up in a raw, untamed wilderness.
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    1. Debbie Zapata on said:

      Every time I read this book I wish I could have known Mutt in person He was an incredible dog, and this story of Mowat s years with his companion is wonderful.Here is a physical description of The Dog Who Wouldn t Be In size he was not far from a setter.His hindquarters were elevated several inches higher than his forequarters and at the same time he was distinctly canted from left to right The result was that, when he was approaching, he appeared to be drifting off about three points to starboa [...]

    2. Caren on said:

      If you haven t made the acquaintance of the Canadian author Farley Mowat, you are now in for a treat Perhaps best known for his book Never Cry Wolf , he is at his best when describing wildlife in the Canadian prairies where he grew up in the 1920s 1930s At the height of the dust bowl depression years, Farley s father, a librarian, moved the family from Ontario to the remote prairie town of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan At the very edge of town, the untamed natural life of the prairie beckoned As much [...]

    3. East Bay J on said:

      I ve heard The Dog Who Wouldn t Be described as perhaps Mowat s best work I m not sure if that s true but it s a great read.Mowat had an amazing childhood full of experiences with wildlife in the great outdoors Mutt the dog was Mowat s companion as a kid, among a great menagerie that included owls, snakes, gophers and Mutt argued with the family, wore goggles in the car and couldn t seem to leave a skunk alone He was certainly a dog worth writing a book about Mowat s bemused language and tall t [...]

    4. Cheri Micheletti on said:

      Warning Mutt dies at the end and it s very sad However, Farley Mowat wrote one of the most moving sentences sentences I ve ever read about his death And so the pact of timelessness between us was broken and I went from him into the darkening tunnel of the years Like James Herriott, Farley Mowatt may tailor the truth for the sake of storytelling, but Mutt s tale sorry is funny and rewarding Just know you ll probably cry.

    5. Cheryl on said:

      Did the man change his outlook when he grew up There s an awful lot of hunting, meat eating, and caging of wild animals in this book I might have loved it when I was a kid and into memoirs of the old days with pets, but now I just couldn t I also had a lot of trouble with Dad s antics how did Mom put up with him plus Farley plus Mutt And though the bookcover says illustrated by Paul Galdone there are no pictures inside, and the dog on the cover does not look like the dog described Nor does it pa [...]

    6. DeB MaRtEnS on said:

      I own this exact book It has been sitting on my shelves for a very, very long time and I ve read it at least twice It makes me howl with laughter every time Yes.

    7. Mary on said:

      Mutt is quite a character.Lovely descriptions of the countryside.Made me laugh

    8. Charity on said:

      This is another book I can t believe I missed until adulthood I m so glad my kids got to hear it at their young ages My nine year old daughter loved it as much as I did Yet another argument for avoiding labeling books as for girls or for boys Not that I pay any attention to those labels anyway I loved The Dog Who Wouldn t Be The relationship between Mutt and his family and especially Mutt and the author was so pure and sweet, and there were so many hilarious parts, subtly written and interwoven [...]

    9. Owen on said:

      This is a light hearted book by Farley Mowat, a writer with whom we normally associate serious texts Yet Mowat is just as fun loving as the next person and it comes out in this collection of stories about his youth in Ontario and Manitoba Mutt, the dog of the book s title, is a dog who very reasonably refuses to act like one So he won t hunt ducks properly or do much else that is reckoned too dog like, at least while anyone s watching Mutt was Mowat s constant companion throughout many boyhood [...]

    10. Chrisl on said:

      This multiple reread laugh out loud tale of a Mutt is my all time favorite animal story The quick read kids book Owls in the Family is a fun companion book.Owls in the Family

    11. Angela on said:

      This was a fun, light book with some undertone calling attention to the undesirable traits of human nature I thought the last chapter was so eloquent and beautiful, I was there seeing everything Spoiler Alert I was not surprised at the ending but disappointed for the dog and his boy at the manner in which it happened However, I feel that it emphasized the underlying theme of human ugliness throughout the book Ironically, Mutt and other animals in the book was portrayed very anthropomorphically a [...]

    12. Ann on said:

      Oh my, do I love this book Funny as to the dog s antics and the dad building the boata little heartbreaking about the owls Mowat is one of my favorite writers to settle down with for a long, steady read his style is comforting and challenging at the, oh, the same time It was the dad and his travails with the boat trying to sail it from the dry prairie to the ocean that just made me howl out loud Mowat and his changing collection of animals makes for a lively, warm, honest accounting of life live [...]

    13. Susan Prudhomme on said:

      This is a classic true life children s story about a boy and his uniquely talented dog The Mowat family is warm and loving, and the author knows how to turn a phrase for maximum humor Even as an adult, I enjoyed it, although I thought some of the stories were stretched a little but it all made for fun reading.

    14. Raelene on said:

      I remember thinking this was such a very fun book I was totally enthralled at the idea of the back seat opening out of the back of the car outside and subject to all the wind and dust of the road this, of course, is where the boy and his dog sat Somehow, this description remains the most vivid in my imagination of all the other great ones in the book.

    15. Jorgina on said:

      Same author wrote Never Cry Wolf.This review is by my Son and Father They both read the book and highly praised its content and life s lessons Both said they smiled all the while, laughed outloud and cried in the end That s a lot coming from my dad who never reads fiction My son recommends it for everyone.

    16. Maureen on said:

      I loved this book It is about a dog and a family in Canada The dog does not want to be a dog but human I read this book with my daughter, the second time I read it I actually have read it three times.

    17. Margo on said:

      This book was a family favorite, and as an adult I find each re read is enjoyable as the first This is my ultimate book for when I need to boost my spirits although I find now I tend to avoid the ending Farley Mowat consistently delivered in his stories how I wish there were

    18. Adrian on said:

      I ve read it quite a while ago, in grade school and at home for enjoyment, but I think it was heartwarming and a nice slice of rural life in Canada.

    19. Marianne on said:

      This book is one of the most heart warming, funny, wonderfully written books I have ever read, and I have read a LOT of books.A must read for anybody who reads.Mowat is an amazing writer.

    20. Lianne on said:

      This is marketed as a children s book, but the reading level is way above that There were several words I had to look up pretty rare for me , and there was at least one or two words on each page that I needed to define for my nine year old Not a bad thing at all, just a little brain intensive than I was expecting after reading Owls in the Family That being said, all three of us LOVED this book Mowat s descriptions are hilarious and stunningly beautiful These borderline tall tales about Mutt s a [...]

    21. Lauren on said:

      Possibly one of the most engaging dog books I have ever read This novel is step back into the 1940s I believe and into the life of a very unique family At times I was horrified by the way the author a boy in the story dealt with wild animals view spoiler for example, at one point he just takes a baby animal from the wild hide spoiler but, I suppose the times and beliefs regarding wildlife were different back then I will not spoil the ending, but I will say that this has the best dog book ending [...]

    22. C Bolt on said:

      I laughed while reading this book than any other book I ve read in my recent memory The way Mowat describes his dog, Mutt, brings him to life and Mowat quickly transports the reader to life in Saskatchewan with his eccentric father and dog I m a little sensitive to animal welfare, and some of the stories about his study of wild animals finding baby animals and keeping them in cages until they figure out how to escape or died broke my heart a couple times My husband comforted me with the differe [...]

    23. Lezley on said:

      My bookclub selection was A Dog s Purpose I really didn t enjoy the book and thought it might be because two years ago, our dog died I stopped reading this book at page 132 I tested myself by reading another dog book, The Dog Who Wouldn t be What a wonderfful read I had read this book when I was much younger 50 years ago and was once again entranced by Mowat s great story telling This is a book about family, adventure and pets, especially about a dog called Mutt For a really great and comforting [...]

    24. Harry Lane on said:

      Memoir of growing up in a bygone time Many boys of that time, growing up in rural areas, had a dog or three, and many of them are remembered fondly Few, however, will have made such an indelible impression as Mowat s Mutt Mutt had a unique appearance and personality to match And he developed an array of talents at the upper asymtote of the the canine curve Mowat has a deft touch, and the account has a lot of laugh out loud moments.

    25. Jen on said:

      What a wonderful book I am trying to become Canadian author literate, so borrowed this popular Farley Mowat What a wonderful story teller Funny, heart warming and wrenching, silly, and ultimately endearing I highly recommend this book it is a good read for any age or any mindset a true book that bridges all humans, unless you don t like dogs but do those people really matter anyway

    26. Katie Bliss on said:

      I enjoyed this book about Farley Mowat s childhood dog and many adventures That dog had a lot of personality Mowat is a great writer too, and had such an interesting life, moving all over the place with his librarian dad and his mom in Canada they obviously were extremely nurturing of his love of animals and nature, and he is a great writer and naturalist.

    27. Marilyn Latham on said:

      Another great book from my father s book collection It s been years since I read it and it may well be out of print although I have my copy I recall this book as being a delightful and moving portrait of a dog with too much personality and perhaps not enough common sense I ll have to put it on my list to read again.

    28. BLRBrazil on said:

      A delightful read, especially for someone who grew up with a dog, but that is not a necessary background for appreciating this book, which has all the adventures, hilarity, highs and lows that make a great book about a pet Tarka, Born Free, Ring of Bright Water

    29. catherine cole janonis on said:

      The paperback covers make this look like it is a kid s book, and certainly kids can read it but I suspect when it was published, it was a general interest book It might be the best portrayal of a dog s personality ever.

    30. janetandjohn on said:

      I read this first 25 years ago, passed on to me by a friend who emigrated to Canada A re read now, and I still enjoyed the tales of a dog and his boy Set in the late 1930s Read and have a box of tissues for the later chapters having laughed out loud during the early ones.

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