Dreaming of Wolves
Part travelogue, part memoir, part natural and cultural history, “Dreaming of Wolves” presents a unique and thought-provoking story of adventure. Through a series of entertaining vignettes and informative essays, the author paints an extraordinary portrait of the lives of wolves, of the researchers who study them, and of the rural people with whom they have coexisted for centuries in a remote mountainous region of Eastern Europe – an exotic land that has remained largely untouched by modern trends and undiscovered by western travelers.

Whether joining the narrator as he tracks wolves through the deep snows and dense forests of the Carpathian Mountains, or fends off belligerent shepherd dogs, or journeys through history to discover the real Dracula, the reader learns a remarkable amount of fascinating information about wolves, about the history and folklore of Romania, and about traditional rural life in the mountain villages of Transylvania. The story is written in an understated voice that is at once honest and humorous, deriving from events perceived with a keen and sensitive eye. The book presents several sub-themes – such as the benefits of conserving wilderness, the joy of discovering self through the pursuit of dreams, and an unusual perspective on the nature of time and consciousness – all of which are woven smoothly into the fabric of a well-told story.

The narrative is enhanced with 32 pages of beautiful color photographs.

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  • Angie Hilbert WanderLit
    Feb 23, 2013

    Angie Hilbert WanderLit

    The diary entries from March 3 to May 24 will be interesting to wolf enthusiasts. I enjoyed Alan’s descriptions of tracking wolves and his observations of what he learns of wolf behavior. Occasionally, he gives lovely descriptions of the scenery and historical attractions in the a...

  • Nancy
    Dec 24, 2012


    I envy this author Alan E. Sparks, through books I can only be taken on such a adventure like his. I can't imagine myself just packing up and leaving everything familiar. I think a section on the back cover explains this book best, "Yes it is a travelogue, a personal adventure, but it...

  • Linda
    Dec 7, 2012


    I received this book free through Goodreads First Reads. Well-known and respected tracking authority, Dr. James C. Halfpenny, PhD. has written the blurb on the back cover of this book. As a tracker myself(CyberTracker Track& Sign level II, western Washington), this assured me that ...

  • Jane
    Jan 20, 2012


    I love good books about Romania, and this true story of a man who joined a wolf project in Transylvania was good reading. I liked learning about wildlife management there, and how the author felt about living in a primitive cabin in the Carpathian Mountains. ...

  • Colleen Sparks
    Jul 24, 2011

    Colleen Sparks

    This is a well written account of life in rural Romania, the history of the area, and a man's experience learning about wolves first hand with little formal knowledge of the subject. My only complaint is that sometimes it's a little too philosophical for my taste, although I enjoy the ...