Hope, rocky mountain, is a town where everybody knows each other and were they don’t like outsiders mingling in their business, people from the government and wolves. Imagine coming to that town, as an outsider, someone who works for the government and your job and your passion is to protect these hated wolves. That can’t be an easy job, but Helen accepts the challenge, maybe because she is still getting over her boyfriend, who left her after 2 years for Africa. He had the feeling he needed to do something that makes a different, I’m not so shore going to Africa is the best thing to do, to make a difference.
In the beginning it was hard for me to stay focused on the book. 20 Pages about how the wolf first came to the valley in full detail, didn’t got me very excited. But the wonder of why this story could be so interesting kept me reading. It is joyful reading about the setting and his history. That the town was almost build a century ago of the money from the slaughter of the wolves and the fact that they had a road made of skulls and bones of wolves. What made the conflict of the returning wolves to Hope so interesting. The book isn’t only about Helen it is also about Luke, the son of Helen biggest opponent, a very hard and charismatic rancher, Buck Calder. Luke doesn’t at all look like his father he stutters and prefers animals above humans. That makes his forbidden relationship with the much more older Helen so interesting. Nicholas didn’t wrote the book a way I’m used to. You don’t really had one obvious main character, the book follows everybody who has something to do with the conflict. It tells in detail about the relationship between Buck Calder and his wife like the story is about them, but it is the same with Dan, a old collage and friend who got Helen to Hope.
Nicholas evans debut roman was The Horse Whisperer, what is made into a movie later.
The Horse Whisperer
The idea for the loop, he found while he was doing research for the horse whisperer. He met a professor at the University of Montana in Missoula, who told him all about the return of wolves to montana and the war between the anti-wolves ranchers and pro-wolf environmental campaigners. For his research for the loop, he went to Nine Mile Valley, northwest of Missoula, there he witnessed with his own eyes a pack of recently released wolves hunt and bring down an elk. He says that that trill is still with him. For him the loop was wasn’t really an animal story, but more a fable about racism. Nicholas comes from England and has studied law at the Oxford University. But before he wrote The Horse Whisperer he was a screenwriter and film producer.
The book gives a image of biologists that makes me doubt my dream to study biology and I don’t think you can get through the book if you don’t have an interest in the wildlife.