The Dog Who Wouldn't Be Paperback – Aug 4 2009
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Farely 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 tress 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 a raw, untamed wilderness. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
About the Author
Farley Mowat was born in Belleville, Ontario, in 1921. He served in the Second World War from 1940 until 1945, and began writing for his living in 1949 after spending two years in the Arctic. Since 1949 he has lived in or visited almost every part of Canada and many other lands, including the distant regions of Siberia. He is the bestselling author of forty-seven books, which have been published in more than twenty languages in more than sixty countries.See all Product Description
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Mutt, the title namesake, was incredible and, consequently for most people, this appears to be a fiction. But it's not! Personally, having never had such a dog, but having had several dogs over the years with various Mutt-traits, I believe every word of this tale. This is a wonderful book and I highly recommend it!
For Taffy, Pepsi, Clyde, Dandy, Sunny, Britt, Chez, Daisy, Butte, Cocoa, June, Buddy, and Rebbie - this review is for all of you; the effective, the gun-shy, the hard charging, the hard mouth, the jack rabbit chasing, the staunch pointing, the long retrieving, the tree-top pointing, the river current angle retrieving -each and every one - cocker spaniel, English pointer, crossbreed, Britanny, and English setter; their personalities and quirks made it all worthwhile! The Dog Who Wouldn't Be
Have you ever wondered what your grandfather was like when he was a boy? The "yarns" and stories in this book may give you some clues. Don't believe for one second that all the adventures related in this book are strictly true. Mowat is a great storyteller and he, like Mark Twain, took his memories and made from them something great and wonderful.
This book declares war on all of the cats of the world, as one of my fellow reviewers has correctly noted. Cat lovers beware! You won't like this book. For everyone else who wants an idealized window on the lives of boys growing up in the 1930s and 40s, take a look. The boys you see in this volume are not boys any more. They are grandfathers. They won't be around forever. If you want to know and love them better while they are still here, read this book.
This book is one of the most entertaining books I have ever read. I loved it 30 years ago when I was a kid (maybe 11 or 12) and I enjoyed it again last year.
The story is about the life and times of Mutt, the dog that entered the Mowat family and grew up with Farley. Mutt is all dog and a little more. Frustrated with the local cat population and their dominance of the fencetop and rooftop world, he learns to walk fence tops. He develops hunting and retrieving techniques that are the talk of the country -- literally! Each chapter is a new story, a new adveneture into the life of Mutt.
Most recent customer reviews
Very good book. I started to really understand the way it used to be in Canada. I hope to read more of his books.Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
If you love dogs, or even if you just have a sense of humour.... or maybe if you have misplaced your sense of humour... this is a wonderful read. Read morePublished on Jan. 4 2014 by Phyllis Crowe
I don't understand why I can't buy this book for my Kindle . . .
My favorite book as a child and the only way I can read it is on paper. Makes no sense at all!
A funny, quick moving story, a wonderful recreation of ones own upbringing, especially if you had a dog as a childPublished on Feb. 25 2013 by Harley
This story is as funny as I remember it. I thoroughly enjoy reading Farley Mowat. I would recommend this book to anyone who knows a bit about Canada, the Prairies and the... Read morePublished on March 9 2012 by Aline
I can't believe how fast I received my book, 2 days!! Thanks for the amazing service. I will be sure to come back to you next time!Published on Aug. 5 2011 by Lindsay