Brother Wolf: A Forgotten Promise. A Book Review

Brother Wolf: A Forgotten PromiseBrother Wolf: A Forgotten Promise by Jim Brandenburg
My rating: 4 of 5 stars ★★★★

This book is photographically brilliant – visually amazing!

“Brother wolf” offers a breath taking visual journey through the world of wild wolves; invites the reader to explore their magic and elegance and their relations with other wildlife (prey, partners and competitors).

But… it does have a weak side: the text. While it is at times interesting and beautifully written, it seems largely driven by projections of the author’s “gut feeling” biases and romantic stereotypes onto his subjects, especially the wolves. It is at times directly misinforming and definely not rigourous.

Having experienced this problem with all 3 books by Brandenburg I’ve read, I no longer really trust his words; I never know when statements are the author’ guesses, projections and myths, and when they are actual facts, so I don’t trust any of them. The writing is also very repetitive and romanticising.

So – if only rating the book’s text content, then I would give it 1 out of 5 stars. If only rating its visual quality, 5 out of 5 stars. That shouldn’t prevent anyone from buying or reading book, because it really is a visual masterpiece; a dream journey which, visually, gives amazing insights. The text should just be read with “a grain of salt”.

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