The Dog Who Wouldn't Be

The Dog Who Wouldn t Be 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 ladd

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  • Title: The Dog Who Wouldn't Be
  • Author: Farley Mowat
  • ISBN: 9780896213234
  • Page: 132
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 uFarely 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.

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    1. 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 s [...]

    2. 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 [...]

    3. 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 more. 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 [...]

    4. 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. 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. (No [...]

    6. 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. 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 [...]

    8. This is a light-hearted book by Farley Mowat, a writer with whom we normally associate more 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 [...]

    9. 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

    10. 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 anthropomo [...]

    11. 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 [...]

    12. 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.

    13. 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.

    14. 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.

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

    16. 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 more!

    17. 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.

    18. 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.

    19. The book now holds a special place in my heart because of how much it mirrors my own life. Having traveled from New Brunswick to Saskatchewan I shared a lot of the same thoughts as the narrator of the novel. I had a lot of good chuckles throughout and the book was a true joy to read. Eventually I found the book became an exercise in writing comical sketches and in that regard it was a success. At some points the sketches seemed a little too sketched, but maybe that's ok too. I remember seeing th [...]

    20. 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 more 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 ab [...]

    21. 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 [...]

    22. I laughed more 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 wit [...]

    23. 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 c [...]

    24. 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. What a wonderful book! I am trying to become more 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.

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