Part wolf, part Husky, he was born to the wilderness and carried his burden among men stoically. He had known starvation, bitter cold, overwork and suffering at the cruel hand of man. He was a giant among his kind and as fearless as the men who drove him mercilessly through the perils of a frozen world. And now, through the uncertain hand of fate, he is free...he is called Kazan, the Wild Dog. But his journey has just begun and survival against the unforgiving wilderness with his blind mate, Grey Wolf, is a personal challenge. He had never known fear...until now!
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Captivating tale for a lover of dogs and the wild
Realistic. Engaging. Sweet.
The forest fire, particularly when Kazan's then blinded wolf mate refuses to cross the river to safety and they had to find another way to save themselves.
Well, not really but not bad either. I mostly noted how he portrayed the women characters voices which I found auitable enough.
When Kazan's blind wolf mate tried to hold on to any remaining scent of him; sleeping in the very same spots he had slept, even laying her head on the club that still had Kazan's blood and hair on it from the beating the man who had kidnapped him had given the poor wolf-dog...The rain washed all those away in the night but she found another spot with his scent where they had made their last kill but that too was soon washed away...Bare in mind that she was completely blind - a lynx had ripped out her eyes years ago.
I first read this as a young child and though most of its details had slipped my mind in these 20+ years, I still remembered how great this story was. This is a wonderful story about wilderness and the nature of dogs and wolves, and how a dog who was born and grew up with humans will always remain a dog, having some loyalty to humans, no matter how wild he becomes and even if he is part wolf. (In Kazan's case he really only loved women, as women had never beaten him.) Yet also how well a part wolf dog can adapt and belong into the wilderness. It also seems like the author reall knew about the Canadian wilderness, and the sled dogs of the early 1900's so it's like this story could have really happened.
I recommend this to people who love dogs, wolves and/or wilderness adventures BUT note that this may be upsetting to very young children because there's a lot of violence; men beat the dogs mercilessly with clubs and whips as punishments and/or to tame them and Kazan himself receives several of them, and there's also a lot of violence between the wild animals. It's fairly graphic, too.
The narrator is fine, especially for children. My only complaint is that it is very clear he recorded this in three different takes, possibly all in different locations. As in the recording wasn't edited to sound similar, the patching is very clear. But that's really minor, not too distracting.
- B. Sulin