The Dog Who Wouldn't Be

The Dog Who Wouldn't Be

Book - 2017 | Penguin Modern Classics edition.
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The uproarious true adventures of a dog who doesn't understand that he's a dog

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 displayed hunting skills that bordered on sheer genius. He was a marvellous dog, worthy of an unusual boy growing up in a raw, untamed wilderness. Charming and poignant, The Dog Who Wouldn't Be paints a lively portrait of an unorthodox childhood and unforgettable friendship.
Publisher: Toronto : Penguin Random House Canada, [2017]
Edition: Penguin Modern Classics edition.
Copyright Date: ©1957
ISBN: 9780735252929
Branch Call Number: J 819.854 Mowat
Characteristics: 269 pages ; 21 cm
Alternative Title: Dog who would not be

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Liber_vermis
Oct 03, 2018

A heartfelt memoir of carefree boyhood and the incidents of life and interaction with nature that molded the man. The only way to make this memoir better would be to add line drawings (as done with Mowat's "The boat that wouldn't float").

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dixiedog
Apr 13, 2018

Farley Mowat (1921-2014) – ‘The Dog Who Wouldn’t Be,’ what a delightful book with numerous short humorous stories about a boy and his best friend - Mutt. This is one of Mowat’s earlier works, (1957). This was the second book by Mowat that I have read and while I enjoyed it, I preferred ‘Lost in the Barrens.’ While it is rated Juvenile, I cannot agree at all with that rating. Clearly the vocabulary is more suited to Adult as I think many of the descriptive words used by Mowat would challenge readers age 8 through 12.

I particularly enjoyed the story of Mutts tangle with the skunks under his grandparents cabin, and Farley’s entanglement with a skunk as they slid down a greased mud slide, his banishment from the cabin by the lake as is elders could not bear the smell of him and then, the subsequent account of Farley trying to first rid himself of the odour of skunk and then disguise it from his date later the next evening at a dance, pages 187 to 190.

This book can be enjoyed by anyone, perhaps 13 years of age or older. Recommended reading by Senior Doctor-at-Bass-Fishing! D. A.

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francinethestamper
Mar 03, 2018

Great book for dog lovers and everyone else. Really enjoyed this book.

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whitcombs2do
Aug 23, 2016

Another classic from Farley. Some of the Mutt episodes are more outlandish than anything you'll find in James Herriot's Yorkshire Vetinary's books! Farley writes as well as Herriot, too. He has a similar dry sense of humor with deadpan delivery. Those who love this must read "Never Cry Wolf" as well. A warning: many of Farley's books about the Canadian north are not at all humorous, though they give us a real insight into the impact of the coming of the white man to the New World.

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Rubicat
Jun 16, 2016

I'd never read Mowat before but I love him now. I liked reading about life on the Canadian prairies during the depression years and Mowat's family life - so very different from my experience. I really enjoyed the life & times of Mutt and the family's treatment of him as a full member of the family and their acceptance of his quirks. I'll be looking for more of Mr. Mowat's writing.

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owner_ex
Jul 03, 2014

its so popular that I had to put one on hold!
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geezr_rdr Dec 05, 2013

This well-written tale of a very unusual dog appeals to animal lovers but also gives an interesting glimpse into life on the Canadian prairie during the dust bowl years. A good introduction to the Farley Mowat body of work.

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vivmor61
Oct 10, 2009

Delightful, fun, quirky and educational ... all wrapped up in a very readable format. I loved it!

dntblnk Sep 02, 2009

How could one not laugh outloud with this book. Dog lovers all know a dog like this.

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Liber_vermis
Oct 03, 2018

"It was raining when I woke, a warm and gentle rain that did not beat harshly on the window glass, but melted into the unresisting air so that the smell of the morning was as heavy and sweet as the breath of a ruminating cows." (p. 263)

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