The Man Who Lives With Wolves

The Man Who Lives With Wolves

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What would compel a man to place himself in constant danger in order to become a member of a wolf pack? To eat with them, putting his head into a carcass alongside the wolves' gnashing teeth? To play, hunt, and spar with them, suffering bruises and bites? To learn their language so his howl is indistinguishable from theirs? To give up a normal life of relationships and family so that he can devote himself completely to the protection of these wild animals? InThe Man Who Lives with Wolves, Shaun Ellis reveals how his life irrevocably changed the first time he set eyes on a wolf. In exhilarating prose, he takes us from his upbringing in the wilds of Norfolk, England, to his survival training with British Army Special Forces to the Nez Percé Indian lands in Idaho, where he first ran with a wolf pack for nearly two years. Offering an extraordinary look into the lives of these threatened, misunderstood creatures, Ellis shares how he ate raw kill--and little else; washed rarely, and only in plain water; learned to bury his face into the carcasses of prey--and, when necessary, to defend his share of the kill; communicated with the pack by his howls and body language, which over time became seemingly identical to theirs; and observed from this unique vantage point how wolves give birth to and raise their young, and enforce order among the pack. After years of living in the wild, Shaun Ellis was barely able to recognize the feral face that stared back at him from the mirror. And inThe Man Who Lives with Wolves, we discover the life of a rare and fascinating man who abandoned civilization but never lost touch with his humanity.
Publisher: New York : Harmony Books, c2009.
ISBN: 9780307464538
0307464539
Characteristics: xiv, 269 p., [8] p. of plates :,ill. ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Junor, Penny

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tomwould
Sep 14, 2016

An unusual subject, beautifully written. A bit slow in a few places, but all-in-all, 5 out of 5 stars for this TRUE story. Not everyone will relate to the writer and his subjects, but there is a lot to be learned. (First, that the myths we've grown up with about how dangerous wolves are - are largely false.) Wolves form a tightly knit family (or pack), and they look out for one another like families should - and they and the natural world around them all benefit from this approach to surviving in the wild.

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Happynat70
Sep 24, 2013

Excellent autobiography of Shaun Ellis and his amazing experience of living with a pack of wild wolves

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Sep 14, 2016

QUOTE: So many human beings, in contrast, take everything for granted. They are greedy and selfish and plunder the earth as though they are the only species that matters. And so much of our society is dangerous and uncaring. At the airport waiting for my flight I watched parents arguing with their children and disciplining them for nothing. I wanted to say, “Stop it. Enjoy your children, appreciate what you’ve got.”

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Sep 14, 2016

QUOTE: But the hardest thing was adjusting to the human world. The world I had come from [living with the wolves], and felt I belonged to was so simple and balanced. There was no deception, no malice, and no gratuitous cruelty. Everything was done for reasons that everyone understood, and although they could be rough and aggressive and fight for what was theirs, they also had a gentle, caring side to their nature and looked after their own with great gentleness, as I had seen and experienced. Keeping the family unit safe and fed was what mattered most to these animals, but they had respect for the creatures with which they shared their world. They killed to eat, never for fun and never more than they could use.

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