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The animals of Green Pastures Farm pride themselves on their domestication and their ability to protect their home and families from the wild animals that live beyond their fence. A sign posted throughout the farm, left from the days before their human master passed away, provides their most sacred commandment: NO TRESPASSING. That is, until an injured doe arrives on the farm and, ignoring their own laws, the animals allow her to stay. This choice is just the first of many as the animals are confronted by a series of difficult decisions that gradually loosen their grip on the farm and threaten their lives. Cry Wolf is an Animal Farm for the 21st century: an allegory of the political challenges we face in post-9/11 America. The farm animals' struggle to maintain their way of life against an influx of change is a powerful commentary on the importance of balancing freedom with justice and on how easily even the best of intentions can destroy a community too caught up with what is "fair" to do what is right.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.9" Width: 5.9" Height: 0.7" Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 2008
Publisher Benbella Books
ISBN 1933771429 ISBN13 9781933771427
Availability 0 units.
More About Paul Lake
Paul Lake is an English and creative writing professor at Arkansas Tech University and the poetry editor of "First Things," He is the author of "Among the Immortals," "Another Kind of Travel," and "Walking Backward," He lives in Russellville, Arkansas.
Paul Lake currently resides in the state of Arkansas. Paul Lake was born in 1951.
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Scary but VERY necessary book. Sep 13, 2008
I read 'Cry Wolf' at the recommendation of someone at a conservative web forum. I must say, I'm glad I heeded that recommendation. 'Cry Wolf' is an amazing book which is as effective of a political satire as the book which pretty clearly inspired it: George Orwell's legendary 'Animal Farm.' I earnestly hope 'Cry Wolf' becomes as famous as 'Animal Farm' has, because its message needs to get out to the people. Unlike the farm in 'Animal Farm,' which was an allegory for the Soviet Union, the farm in 'Cry Wolf' was an obvious allegory for both the USA and the United Kingdom. While 'Animal Farm' was a critique mainly of Communism under Stalin, 'Cry Wolf' is a critique of several things; Identity politics, society's ever- growing obsession with political correctness, and the big issue tackled is the problem of unregulated immigration. This is a book which takes you on a full range of emotions. It is happy and hopeful in the beginning, as we see the mostly content and efficient lives the domesticated farm animals have established for themselves. Then, as things begin to steadily unravel, things go from angering, to disturbing as you see how much situations in America and England are reflected by the events unfolding in the books, before leading to a finale that is flat- out terrifying. The last few chapters are scary as hell, partly because they are so gruesome and graphic in some of their descriptions of events, but mainly because they paint a pretty probable depiction of what our futures may very well become as a result of the way things are currently going if nothing is done (Especially in the UK). A further strength of 'Cry Wolf' is that Paul Lake in no way implies that ALL immigration is bad. We learn that one of the farm's dogs, Duke, was not born on the farm, but came there after getting lost from his hunter master, was allowed to stay because he had the mind of a tame animal, and proved to be a brave, loyal, and quite helpful member of the farm's community. Including this further reinforces that Lake is not at all a xenophobe, but rather realizes how dangerous unchecked and fully unregulated immigration can be. So, to all who can find or order 'Cry Wolf,' (Especially my fellow conservatives), I strongly suggest you get it. Just be careful: You all may very well see a little of yourselves in the characters of this fascinating book.
A Lyrical Condemnation of Politically Correct Thought. Jun 16, 2008
Cry Wolf by Paul Lake is an astonishing book. Not only is it an unflinching look at the destructive nature of political correctness but it also offers the reader a lyrical story telling experience.
In the tradition of Animal Farm, Lake's story unfolds on a peaceful farm that has passed into the care of domestic animals after the death of the human owner. The animals cooperate to solve the problems of sowing and reaping, defense, education, and the creation of a rule of law.
The first law is that of No Trespassing. Fences are maintained and dogs patrol the borders to keep out wild animals that would kill the farm residents or destroy the vital crops. When the animals make a compassionate decision to provide temporary refuge to a wounded doe, they take the first unthinking step toward the destruction of everything they hold dear.
Cry Wolf examines a number of issues that are eroding our ability to think clearly and reasonably. The stifling imposition of politically correct speech, the reframing of issues, the post modern attachment to ethical relativism, and the descent into tribalism through ethnicity are only a few of the issues woven through Lake's haunting story.
You will not only see the teachers, the politicians, the academics, the judges, and the activists in Lake's book - you will see yourself. That sight may be clearer and harsher than you have been used to seeing in a very long time.
Cry Wolf will have you mulling over the creeping suppression of free speech that is slowly crushing dissent in the United States. It will surprise you with its insights into all too human character. It will entrance you with its prose and characters. It will greatly disturb you. It will do what good books always do - it will make you think.