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'Wolf Totem' Eulogizes Mongolian Culture

ROBERT SIEGEL, Host:

Reviewer Alan Cheuse says you don't have to read far to discover why.

ALAN CHEUSE: Hundreds of bloody pages on, as we grimace at the fraying of a 2,000-year-old way of life, one wants to stand up - and there's no other way to put it - just...

(SOUNDBITE OF IMITATION OF WOLF'S HOWL)

SIEGEL: Alan Cheuse teaches writing at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Alan Cheuse died on July 31, 2015. He had been in a car accident in California earlier in the month. He was 75. Listen to NPR Special Correspondent Susan Stamburg's retrospective on his life and career.