Winter Cat

Rated 5.00/5 based on 4 reviews
One of the few left in this northern land, the lynx stops to view the spectacular northern lights that, to him, seem to whisper what to do. More
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Words: 2,100
Language: English
ISBN: 9781301293087
About Ulf Wolf

Ulf is a Swedish name that once meant Wolf. So, yes, Wolf Wolf, that’s me.

I was born Ulf Ronnquist one snowy night in late October, in one of those northern Swedish towns that are little more than a clearing in the forest.

Fast forward through twenty Swedish years, ten or so English ones, and another twenty-four in the US and you’ll find me in front of an immigrations officer conducting the final citizenship interview, at the end of which he asks me, “What name would you like on your passport?”

And here I recall what a friend had told me, that you can pick just about any name you want at this point, and I heard me say “Ulf Wolf.”

That’s how it happened. Scout’s honor.

Of course, I had been using Ulf Wolf as a pen name for some time before this interview, but I hadn’t really planned to adopt that as my official U.S. name. But I did.

I have written stories all my life. Initially in Swedish, but for the last twenty or so years in English. To date I have written six novels, four novellas and two scores of stories; along with many songs and poems.

My writing focus these days is on life’s important questions (in my view): Who are we? What are we doing here? And how do we break out of this prison?

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Review by: MoratGurgeh on Nov. 20, 2013 :
Beautiful, bleak, poignant and goosebump-y.
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Review by: Jonathan Antony Strickland on Aug. 28, 2013 :
Excellent short story of a winter cats journey in the cold northern wastes. The descriptions here are perfect, as we are swept along into the forest, expierencing the sights, sounds, smells, tastes and thoughts of the cat.

The writer creates a whole mythology (a bit like the beginning of watership-down) here for the winter cat as we learn also of his past life. This was truly a beautiful short read, and though I would say it's not my favourite Ulf Wolf story on smashwords, it still warrents a big whopping 5 stars.
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Review by: Michael Carter on Aug. 08, 2013 :
This is very good, yet more proof that there is great writing published for free at Smashwords.

The simple but poignant story tells of a winter cat, a lynx, lonely, hungry, tired, and how it connects with its natural surroundings, having an inspirational vision in the aurora. Really quite beautiful; reading this, I wished I was there, in that forest, trees glistening with snow, reflecting the dancing light across the sky.

Excellent writing [bar the occasional typo], a prose-style gentle and natural, reminded me of Ray Bradbury; an emotive look into the winter cat's thoughts and history. Very good, this would stand up very well to repeated readings, and would work well read aloud.
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Review by: Ramon Rios on May 06, 2013 :
A beautiful ending and very meaningful!
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