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Doglands

4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  118 ratings  ·  26 reviews
Furgul is a puppy born in a slave camp for racing greyhounds, and he has a terrible secret--he is himself only part greyhound. When the cruel owner of the camp recognizes Furgul's impure origins he takes Furgul to be killed, but Furgal manages a spectacular escape. Now Furgul must confront the indifference, complexity, warmth, and ferocity of the greater world, a world in ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published September 27th 2011 by Random House Books for Young Readers
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Suzanne
Like Watership Down plays out the world of rabbits and Animal Farm reveals the politics of the farmyard, Doglands takes on the point of view of a greyhound mixed breed pup Furgul from his whelping cage with champion runner mother Keeva in a horrible dog breeding place the dogs call Dedbone Hole. When it becomes clear to Keeva's sadistic master that her litter was with Argal, a lurcher, rather than the purebreeds, Furgul and his sisters are slated for destruction.

In feats of derring-do and gumpt
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Shelley Daugherty
If you are looking for an honest account of life from a dog’s view of the world this is your book. True to the ways of Richard Adams novels, life is given to the world of the dog with vivid reality, their interactions with each other, beliefs, and ways of life which we humans might misconstrue as something else. A beautifully epic novel which is sure to stand the test of time as a classic.

Now bear in mind that this book is from the viewpoint of a dog who has seen some pretty horrendous things.
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My Inner Shelf
En 2010, La Religion de Tim Willocks m’avait fortement impressionnée, l’occasion de lire autre chose du même auteur s’est présentée lors du FIRN de Frontignan, où j’ai eu la chance de rencontrer Tim Willocks. Oui, mesdames et messieurs, lui-même en personne en chair et en os. Joie ! L’occasion donc de faire dédicacer mon pavé exemplaire de La Religion ainsi que Bad City Blues, sans oublier son dernier roman, Doglands, lisible par nos morveux jeunes à partir de 12 ans. Pour écrire Doglands, Tim W ...more
Ticklish Owl
This is a hard book to rate. The dog mythology, characterization, and plot pacing are well done, I really enjoyed those parts. I also liked how human conversations were depicted, for example, Dedbone's "Boast, boast, boast" and "Gloat, gloat, gloat".

The author did a lot of research on puppy mills, greyhound racing, and animal cruelty; all of which are integral to the plot. Certain scenes are so accurate in regards to animal cruelty, I wanted to skip them. It's not that they are exceedingly grap
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Althéa
Ça pourrait être une histoire pour enfants, mais ça ne l'est pas. Cest bien plus profond, bien trop brutal et percutant, aussi, pour l'etre. J'imaginé qu'il faut aimer les animaux, et plus spécifiquement les chiens, pour aimer ce livre à sa juste valeur, mais en ce qui me concerne, je suis épatée par la justesse qui semble sourdre de chaque mot qu'écrit Willocks, par l'absence totale de "trop" là où d'autres se seraient embourbés dans la surenchère. C'est beau, et ça mérite d'être lu et reconnu ...more
Jacqui
I absolutely love this book. It is my favorite book. I love Furgal and all of his courage and resilience. Won't say any more coz of spoilers.
BEST BOOK EVER!!!!
P.M.
The blurb on the cover compared this book to "Call of the Wild" and "Watership Down." To me, it seemed more like "Black Beauty." Furgul, the mixed breed son of Keeva, a champion greyhound, and Argal, an Irish wolfhound free dog, has many adventures trying to survive and find the legendary Doglands. Along the way, he survives a murderous attempt by his villainous owner Dedbone who does succeed in killing Furgul's two sisters. He meets allies and enemies along the way: Brennus, Dervla, Zinni, Baz ...more
Stéphanie
Doglands est au départ un roman plutôt original car l’histoire est intégralement vue à travers les yeux d’un chien, Furgul, jeune batard lévrier/chien-loup né en Angleterre, dans un élevage illégal de lévriers de course.
Le récit, construit comme une quête initiatique, est bourré d’humour et décrit des situations parfois très intenses en émotions. L’écriture est vive, imagée et ne laisse pas au lecteur le temps de s’ennuyer. L’auteur, en nous faisant partager la vision qu’à Furgul de l’homme, po
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Jessica, 14
Tim Willocks
Doglands
Random House 2011

This book was great and I loved it. I would highly recommend it to a dog lover and evern a cat lover, that it how good the book is. The most interesting part that I found about it was the different view point. It told me about how maybe dogs would think. It would great and highly recommended and should be entered in the Best Teen Fiction!! Great for any kind of animal lover and even a cat lover. It shows how animals might have a different view
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Bastien Braconnier
ressemble un peu trop à un Disney...
Nichole Cheung


Wow this book was amazing. It let my mind wander. It was like I was part of the book. I recommend this book. If you are a dog lover you will love this book! This gives you a glimpse at what it's like to be a dog and look at humans.

I liked it because it showed me how a dog feels about animal abuse and makes me want to be kinder to my dog and I now know how she feels. I hope that this also helps all young people that dogs should be respected.
phillip
Ingenious but ends with cliffhanger.
Cathy
Wonderful story. Action packed, and moves along like wildfire. Full of insightful commentary on the treatment of animals by humans.

Willocks's take on a dog's view of the absurdities regarding the way humans try to manage dogs as pets is priceless. But, be warned, his take on the cruelty that some humans subject dogs to is quite heartbreaking.

Adults will enjoy it too.
Ms. Myers
This story is about a dog named Furgul and his adventure. The story is very interesting because it has an adventure about a dog. I like this story because it meets more dogs and people. People should read this story cause then that person can tell other people to read this story
Célia
Malgré les bonnes critiques et récompenses, je n'ai pas réussi à entrer en résonance avec ce livre. La violence et les retournements rocambolesques ont eu raison de moi et de ma patience.
Ouf. J'en ai fini avec ce livre, passons à autre chose.
Joancollins
Brilliant book laughed, cried & cheered. Full of cliches & sentiment but it works wonderfully. It's a wonder Disney hasn't made it into a flick though might be a little too dark...one of the best books I've read.
Mina
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Randi Muilenburg
An entertaining and quick read with a creative voice and idea, though it definitely has some dark moments that surprised me.
Oriane
Prenant mais dérangeant : il n'y a qu'un seul humain gentil dans tout le livre et encore c'est une "meurtrière" repentie.
Carol
Good book -- heavy theme of cruelty to animals -- reminded me in some ways of Erin Hunter's Warrior's series (first)
Andy Song
I like how the author wrote this book on dogs and how some of them dont have any freedom to be a free dog.
Michelle
Really well done book. Books from the perspective of dogs are quite rare and I enjoyed this one
Charlie
Nov 23, 2012 Charlie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Charlie by: Myself
One of my favourite books of all time. Read it in a day (which is quite unusual for me)
Cindy Leung
I thought this book was the best. I thought it was really emotional and i made me cry.
Woody
pour très jeunes adultes.
Callum
For the bacon!
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