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This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?
It's a fine book for someone who wants to read a more generalized story about working with wildlife or exotic creatures. I generally enjoy those sorts of books... but bought it because I wanted to hear about BRUTUS, not the wolves, wild grizzlies, other grizzlies, and myriad other characters Casey discusses. It was like taking a bite of cake expecting chocolate - only to discover it was, in fact, gingerbread. Not bad, but jarring, and not what was expected.
What could Casey Anderson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
Focus on Brutus! If you're going to write a book and call it THE STORY OF BRUTUS, the story of Brutus should be front and center. Halfway through the book, I was still wondering what on earth happened to the bear cub between his removal from his mother and the snatches of anecdote about his adolescent and adult self.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
The cadence of the narration wasn't my style... it seemed a bit off, emphasis-wise.
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Story of Brutus?
I would have minimized Casey's backstory in the opening chapters, having it support lengthier passages about Brutus, rather than the reverse. For example, it truly IS fascinating how Casey observed wild grizzlies... but start off discussing Brutus, his habits and needs, and then lead into the wild.
OR... well, we could take the easy alternative and change the title. A LIFE AMONG GRIZZLIES or WALKING WITH GRIZZLIES would have been more apt, and not so misleading. Don't get me wrong, Brutus IS included in the book... but given the title, he should be the focus, not Casey.
Any additional comments?
Not a BAD book... it's just not what it appears.
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