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Rose in a Storm
Jon Katz
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Rose in a Storm

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From New York Times bestselling author Jon Katz comes a moving and powerful novel, the first one inspired by life on his celebrated Bedlam Farm—and perceptively told from the point of view of Rose, a dedicated working dog.

Rose is determined and focused, keeping the sheep out of danger and protecting the other creatures on the farm she calls home. But of all those she’s loo
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Jon Katz has devoted most of his writing to his animals on the farm he lives. I have read several of them. "Rose in a Storm" is about his real life dog border collie Rose. Although this is in fiction form. The story is around Rose who looks over the farm and animals that reside there. She is wondering what happened to Sam her owner's wife Katie{ she does not understand that Katie died} it is winter time and a storm is coming. a big blizzard. Rose has to chase off coyotes and other dangers. she a ...more
TheIron Paw
I finally finished it - I got too emotionally involved and has to stay away from it for several days. Where this book really shines is providing an insight into how the world must appear from the perspective of a dog, without excessively anthropomorphizing the view, though some amount is necessary to enable us humans to understand it. For example Katz describes the dog's view of the farm and her thought processes as an "image" (implying visual image)- we humans would be hard pressed to understan ...more
Kathy Andrews
I feel so fortunate to have received an advance copy of this book. It is a book I could relate to. I read it with my faithful black lab at my feet. Having worked at a free-range veal and lamb farm which employed a couple of sheep dogs, I could easily envision Rose as she went about her work on the farm. Jon Katz does a great job of putting the reader into the story. His descriptions are so vivid, one can almost feel the strength of the wind and imagine the effort necessary to manage a farm durin ...more
An Exceptional Book...written by Jon Katz, a gifted writer, that takes you into the world of Rose, a border collie/shepherd mix. The bond between Rose and her owner, a farmer, and the raw world of nature that is theirs, is vividly portrayed. The story flows with the rhythms and events of the natural world, from skittish sheep, driven by fear, to hungry coyotes.
A major blizzard disrupts the farm in multiple destructive ways, bringing a snow driven struggle for survival to this powerful story.
This book is good, but a bit saddening, even though the sad parts are about real life. I guess I'm more of an escapist, and want uplifting things that can inspire me instead of reminding me of the hard truths about life - although it does stretch surprisingly into true fantasy near the end - a jarring note, I found, in such a real life depiction. I'm not quite sure why I didn't enjoy it other than it's overall tragedy theme. So much of the story is written from a dog's point of view, which I fou ...more
Received this through Goodreads First Reads giveaway and was very pleasantly surprised to be engrossed in the story (as I would never classify myself as a lover of dogs). Both heartwarming and heartrending, the story is a pleasant diversion.
Amy R
Raw and powerful, especially since I read most of it this morning, after experiencing our own terrible storm (thunder and tornadoes) last night. An amazingly well told story from the dog's perspective.
The novel tells the story of a farm besieged by a terrible blizzard. It is told from the viewpoints of the farmer and his dog Rose. I found it interesting how the author portrayed the thinking of the dog Rose--creating a "map" of the farm and thinking in images.

There was just one component that detracted from the book's realism. (view spoiler)
I was looking for something quick to read while on vacation and managed to find this on the library shelf. On the positive side, it did keep my interest long enough for me to finish the book, and Katz's view of the inner thoughts and mental maps of a working farm dog initially intrigued me. Sadly, that's where the positive things end.
The book was so repetitive: same ideas about a dog's mental map and level of comprehension hammered out over and over again, unvaried sentence structure, and many w
Nanie Dias
A história de Rose, uma cadela com um grande senso de responsabilidade.


Como não cair de amores por Rose?!
Rose é uma border collie (aquele cachorro que pastoreia ovelhas) que trabalha na fazenda de Sam. O fazendeiro a trata apenas como um cachorro de trabalho e a cadelinha também só aprecia esse tipo de tratamento.
Mas quando uma inesperada nevasca atinge a região, as coisas começam a mudar. Principalmente porque a nevasca se transforma em uma grande tempestade e a vida cotidiana da fazenda se
I recieved this book for free through Goodreads First Reads Giveaways, and I'm so glad, because I don't know when I would have gotten around to it if I hadn't!

I opened this book on the brink of falling asleep on a plane. I was immediately engrossed and felt wide awake for the whole thing. As a testament to how tired I really was, I felt asleep minutes after finishing it.

Within the first few pages you can physically feel the tension. Katz was brilliant at making us feel the storm coming - the way
Anyone who has ever owned an animal has had the thought at one time or other: “I wonder what he/she is thinking?” Rose in a Storm by Jon Katz provides us with a glimpse into the mind and thoughts of Rose, a working border collie, intuitively and effectively answering that question for us. Not only do we get the opportunity to share Rose’s daily routines, we are also treated to glimpses of her memories and emotions.

At the beginning of the book, Rose and her farmer/owner, Sam, are preparing the fa
A life-threatening snowstorm, an injured farmer, a dog left alone to protect the livestock from the the freezing cold, starvation, and desperate predators. Rose stubbornly refuses to shirk her instinctive duties, no matter the cost. I resisted this book for several weeks because, although I love the author's non-fiction books about life on a sheep farm with border collies, I didn't know how I would feel about a story told from a dog's point of view. I mean, who could possibly get inside a dog's ...more
Kat (Lost in Neverland)
4.5 Stars! Rose sensed the storm coming....

Rose is a hard-working, dedicated border collie living on her farm with Sam, her human farmer. She takes care of the animals, keeps them in check, protects them from predators. When the biggest storm Sam and Rose have ever seen strikes the farm, Rose must risk her life to keep the animals on the farm alive through the five-day storm.

When Sam gets injured trying to move snow off the roof of the barn, Rose is left alone to take care of the animals, the f
Jon Katz has written a number of non-fiction books focusing on the border collies in his life at Bedlam Farm. In this fiction book he turns to Rose, a border collie who lives on a small Upper New York farm with farmer Sam to tell a story through the eyes of a dog.

Sam is now alone since his wife Katie passed away from an illness. Both Sam and Rose miss Katie and this loss flows through the story. Helping Sam with the farm’s small herd of cows (Brownie the steer is in charge), a flock of sheep (th
I am an unabashed lover of dogs and books about dogs; a real sucker for the concept of the loyalty and devotion of a dog for its master. With ROSE IN A STORM by John Katz my sentimentality gene was placed in a virtual holding pattern as Rose, the not quite human Border collie with a no nonsense approach to life in general and work in particular, managed to survive the many trials and tribulations that befell her. Like a vigilant nurse-maid this dog's main objective is guarding and protecting tho ...more
I first heard about Jon Katz from my sister who was a big fan of his. I read the Dogs of Bedlam Farm awhile back and probably have read some others, but it has been awhile. I wasn't sure what to expect when I had heard that this was a piece of fiction from the point of view of the dog. But, I must admit, that it is and that Jon Katz is a master story teller. The book is entirely believable and the manner in which he repressents Rose's inner voice is wonderful. It is worth it to read this book, j ...more
I have been a fan of Jon Katz for several years- as I have read most of his memoirs. I was first attracted to his books because he has had yellow labs and border collies- and I personally have had both. His description of the temperament of border collies is right on. Thus, I followed his adventures with his various dogs including Devon, Orson, Rose, Pearl and Izzy. I met Pearl at a book reading (Barnes & Nobles, in Clark, NJ) and Izzy (in Clifton Park, NY) at a book talk where Jon was talki ...more
Rajeev Singh
The first thing you have to know about Rose in a Storm is that it isn't just as story about a dog, it's the story of an extraordinary dog under devastating circumstances. I was worried that a book about a farm dog would be a predictable yawn, but instead I found myself immersed in a very curious character study.

It begins at a slow and relaxed pace, but Katz patiently turns up the tension as the novel progresses, and he doesn't let up until very close to the end. Although it details the events o
Jon Katz’s “Rose in a Storm” is a novel of love and labor, a work of impressive proportions with regard to its perceptive qualities. Rose, a border collie/shepherd mix, belongs to Sam, who owns a Granville farm. Together they keep the farm running and handle the inevitable situations and complications which arise. The latest crisis involves the arrival and long duration of a colossal blizzard which threatens not only the livestock but Sam and Rose as well, leaving the border collie to fight out ...more
Connie N.
Not being a dog person, I had my doubts about this book about a farmer and his dog surviving a snowstorm on a remote farm. But since it met at least 2 challenges, I decided to give it a try. I'm SO glad I did! What a totally wonderful book. I would rate it more than 5 stars if I could. I became engrossed right from the beginning. The author writes the story from the viewpoint of the dog. What? Yes, I was skeptical too, but it was very believable. The things that the dog thought and did made so m ...more
This is a story of a Border Collie--from the dog's point of view. It chronicles mostly the time period of a severe winter storm--there are some references to past events and the epilogue carries over to the summer.

Rose is Sam's dog. They have a working relationship on the farm--each doing their job--neither being very affectionate with the other, though both respecting the other. A winter storm is coming and Sam and Rose work to prepare the farm's barns, shelters, and animals from the cold. They
Anyone who loves animals, especially dogs, will relate to this book, told from the viewpoint if Rose, a boarder collie who takes her job if taking care of the farm animals (sheep, goats, cattle, chickens and a stray dog) as well as the farmer, Sam, very seriously. An epic blizzard hits. This is the struggle of Rose and Sam to keep the animals alive. It isn't entirely realistic but it is still a great story, and to those of us who have known a working dog like Rose, not unbelievable.
I'm not a dog person, so I'm not even sure why I decided to read this. In fact, the author's decidedly negative attitude to cats was rather off-putting.

On the plus side, with a couple of exceptions - including one rather odd excursion into mysticism - Katz seems to do an excellent job of portraying canine psychology. His affectionate but for the most part unsentimental approach made it interesting.
I received this book as part of the Good Reads "First Reads" giveaways program.

It is clear from reading this book that Jon Katz has worked with dogs and understands them. At first the book is told from the altering points of view of Sam, the farmer, and Rose, the dog. However it is when the viewpoint shifts almost completely to Rose that the story becomes truly interesting. I don't have a farming background and perhaps that's why I wasn't able to identify with the obstacles in the story, but the
Pamela Barrett
A simple synopsis: The gripping story of a dog on a farm during a horrific blizzard. Rose is a Border collie/ Shepherd mix and the best working dog Sam, the farms owner, has ever known. Ever since his wife died, Sam has worked the farm alone with Rose at his side. It is difficult, but everything is running well until the blizzard hits and things go from bad to worse in a short amount of time. Told mostly through Rose’s insights, this is a captivating look into one working dogs’ thought processes ...more
This was a very good book and I enjoyed reading it despite the sad parts that made me sniffly. It's a little simple at times, but I think it might be targeted as a Young Adult book, and even if it isn't it's not a big problem. I really liked the way the author wrote from Rose's perspective, and it was a very interesting trip inside the mind of a working border collie. There were several interesting touches, which I don't want to list here so as not to spoil them, but I felt they added well to th ...more
I loved this book. Katz has written in such a unique way, the perspective of Rose with imagination yet without being overly sentimental. It was a very thoughtful, believable insight on the possible way a working dog would think. Although it may be a relief to some of Katz's fans that Rose does not die in the end (thank you very much), it is not to say death is not a presence in the novel. When a storm unlike any in recent memory descends on the farm, Rose's instincts of just what needs to be don ...more
I'll admit it, I'm a "cat lover" who likes to read dog books, and I really enjoyed this one.
I picked it up a couple of months ago as a review book for our junior high school, I kept passing it up and reading other books instead. Then I rented the movie, "A Dog Year" with Jeff Bridges (I like dog movies, too). The next time I looked at our review book shelf, I realized that the author of this fiction book, Jon Katz, was the same Jon Katz of the movie. I was hooked.
I liked reading this tale fr
Nabilah Firdaus
This book was beautifully written by Katz. I have never read a book about animals before, this was my first. I'm completely mesmerized by the author description of the storm and how the animals interacted with each other. Tiba-tiba rasa macam paham anjing, kambing, lembu, ayam dan keldai. K

This is the first book that I have read by the author and it certainly will not be the last. Recommended!
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Jon Katz is an author, photographer, and children's book writer. He lives on Bedlam Farm with his wife, the artist Maria Wulf, his four dogs, Rose, Izzy, Lenore and Frieda, two donkeys, Lulu and Fanny, and two barn cats. His next book, "Rose In A Storm" will be published by Random House on October 5.
He is working on a collection of short stories and a book on animal grieving.
More about Jon Katz...
A Dog Year: Twelve Months, Four Dogs, and Me A Good Dog: The Story of Orson, Who Changed My Life Izzy & Lenore: Two Dogs, an Unexpected Journey, and Me The Dogs of Bedlam Farm: An Adventure with Sixteen Sheep, Three Dogs, Two Donkeys, and Me Dog Days: Dispatches from Bedlam Farm

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