WILD VOICE OF THE NORTH by Sally Carrighar


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This book is expanded from a SEP article Miss Carrighar wrote about Bobo, a remarkable huskey who became her friend and companion during the period she spent studying lemmings in the Arctic. It is not just another animal story. Huskies, being largely wolf in their ancestry, are different in personality from the ordinary domesticated dog. And Bobo is not only a huskey, but a rare and lonely thing, a born leader. Wild honor, pride, sympathy and instinct, rather than human beings, guide his life. There is a quality of choice and dignity in all his actions and affection which people, other than Miss Carrighar, might well admire. The description of the winter the two of them spent in a wind-wracked house in Nome, alone except for the cages of lemmings, the problems of personal adjustment, provide the core of the book. It is actually the record of the evolution of two private and sensitive spirits into a whole so harmonious that it transcends the need of ordinary speech. Miss Carrighar has a good deal to say about lemmings, huskies, Eskimos and life in the North. And she says it in a prose in which the coolly scientific is balanced by the haunting warmth and loneliness left in the wake of a profound and unique friendship.

Pub Date: Nov. 19th, 1959
ISBN: 0548388571
Publisher: Doubleday