- Taschenbuch: 288 Seiten
- Verlag: Virgin Books (3. Juli 2014)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0753540886
- ISBN-13: 978-0753540886
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,6 x 1,8 x 19,8 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 3 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 64.445 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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‘All stories are about wolves. All worth repeating, that is. Anything else is sentimental drivel’ – Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Nick Jans has written nine books and hundreds of magazine articles, and contributed to many anthologies. His range includes poetry, short fiction, literary essays, natural history, outdoor adventure, fishing, and political commentary. In addition, Jans is a professional nature photographer, specialising in wildlife and landscapes in remote locations. He currently lives in Juneau with his wife, Sherrie, and travels widely in Alaska.
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Nick Jans writes a very touching story. At the same time he gives us a deeper insight into the possible trouble between wild animals and people living in the same area. Romeo was a black wolf who tried to connect to people's dogs to have fun with and play. He was always relaxed around pets and never really harmed any of them. But some people started to forget that he in fact was a wild animal and not something to cuddle. Jans arises questions as how people should behave towards wildlife and nature and gives us a wide range of perspectives. The book is very well researched and it is written both from personal experience - as Romeo started to get into contact with his own dogs and sometimes hung around his garden or just could be viewed from the windows of his house - on the other hand Jans summarizes the broader picture about what happened to Romeo in his lifetime and to the people who got to know him (both supporters and critics).
After reading this book I also did some search on the internet about Romeos story and I am still kind of addicted to it. I can also recommend other books by this author. They all give a balanced view between personal experiences and facts.
I'm sorry about possible mistakes as I'm not a native speaker of English but I hope that many more people might enjoy this book as much as I did. I would also be really happy about the fact that by reading this book that Romeos spirit may live on through many people around the world.
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I truly believe everything happens for a reason and this story is no exception. What are the odds of an author, a writer of Alaska’s landscape by default, to have held such an intimate part of an extraordinary relationship with one of the most majestic creatures on the planet...no bias here! The relationship this wolf formed with the residents of HIS territory could have just become folklore and legend passed down for generations. In some ways, no doubt, it still will be. But to be a writer by profession, coupled with his own first hand experiences with this wolf, and be able to capture all that occurred between Romeo and the community of Juneau is more than mere coincidence, in my opinion. There was a reason this wolf’s story, Romeo’s story, needed to be heard!
Nick Jans writes with heartfelt emotion in a way that also conveys the thoughts and feelings of all those who chose to discuss their connection to this wolf. He also offers an abundance of factual information about wolves in the process. Additionally, he writes in a neutral tone, just the facts, using a kind of manner that excludes how one may feel of those against or for the wolf. What he captures in his photographs; wolf, Alaskan landscape, and so on, are outstanding.
I highly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in wolves, dogs, nature, or human – animal relationships. It is as heartwarming as it is heartbreaking. It can be read for enjoyment or as a discussion in an academic setting. E.S.
And even if you already know the ending, or suspect it, it doesn't ruin the book--because in addition to the story, you will learn a lot about the secretive life of wolves. It's a book you can read for the page-turning narrative while becoming a virtual wolf expert at the same time. How cool is that?
On a personal note: I live in Montana, a state chockfull of wolf-haters, so I could really relate to the downright evil people Jans exposed. I thank him for not only publicizing their names, but also for including their photos. Longtime trophy hunters and thrill killers like Walter Palmer (killer of Cecil the lion) and those in "A Wolf Called Romeo" will never stop, but the more often the media and society express their disgust for such behavior, the less often new people will embark on such barbaric practices. After all, what good is a trophy room when those who view it don't see a manly conqueror, but a pathetic excuse for a human being instead?
I highly recommend "A Wolf Called Romeo," and I'm looking forward to reading more books from Nick Jans.
Author of: Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico
and Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents