The publisher kindly gave me this book in exchange for an honest review. This book begins with the author giving us a glimpse of her childhood, outlining how she was brought up in a rural family and taught to respect, love, and protect all of nature. That ideal shines through this work. It’s basically about how humans and animals, in this case Wolves, interact. It’s about our relationship with nature.
It explores the various mythologies, both; negative and positive, that surround the Wolf. The author deconstructs historical, and present day stories, explaining how these narratives have shaped our relationships with the Wolf. The author explores the way that ‘western man’ has sought to domesticate and tame nature; both, in their European homeland and those countries that they went onto colonialise. She argues that modern ‘mans’ attempts to dominate and domesticate nature have affected those creatures, like the wolf, who continually oppose ‘mans’ domination. She looks at the horrendous treatment that humans have meted out to Wolves, outlining the way that Wolves have; been hunted to near extinction, poisoned, and exterminated. She explores the hostility some people feel towards wolves and their advocates.
She narrates the alternative, more positive ways to view the wolves. Peterson looks at the programs put in place, throughout America with the sole aim of bringing these animals back to the places they belong. We get a glimpse of the lives of the people and animals who are living/working to change humanities perception of wolves and their role in our world.
The author looks at the way that the reintroduction of wolves to their natural habitats has had a positive effect on those spaces and the beings that inhabit them. However, she then argues that studies have shown that it is not enough to reintroduce one, land mark, species. If you want a thriving natural world, all species, both large and small, must be allowed to play their part.
Peters makes a strong case of how engaging with, and learning from, nature can have a positive effect on our physical and psychological wellbeing, giving examples of the individuals, from school children to troubled adults, who have sought nature and the positive benefits that these encounters have brought them. She makes a strong narrative case of the interdependence of all living things, arguing how one species controls and supports others. She explains how we all play a role in protecting the world in which we live and the natural settings that surround us, arguing that no species can be eliminated without series consequences to other aspects of nature. This book makes the reader have all the feels and It’s a must read.