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Sun Dogs

3.42 of 5 stars 3.42  ·  rating details  ·  43 ratings  ·  5 reviews
"Sun Dogs, " the haunting second novel by Pulitzer Prize-winner Robert Olen Butler, probes a man's search for viable meaning in his life, for personal salvation. And Butler achieves this through a compulsively readable novel at once exciting and profound.
Paperback, 218 pages
Published April 1st 1994 by Henry Holt & Company (first published 1982)
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Wilson Hand hates clutter with an increasing ferocity.
His ex-wife,Beth,embraces clutter as it fills the gaps in her existence.
Wison flees the crowded city,taking a job in Alaska where he hopes to find some kind of peace. Beth leaves altogether.

The novel begins with endings. Wilson has packed up his office,checked into a hotel, goes to see Beth for one last unsatisfactory goodbye.The incident in the subway while he is on his way there is indicitive that perhaps Wison Hand is not as in control of
Quit 80% of the way through. Boring, going nowhere, characters had no motivation, cliche Vietnam flashbacks, and some poorly constructed sentences with classic ambiguous-antecedent problems. This guy needs an editor. I bought it because "Hell" has been on my to-read list, but not anymore.
I read this because I was in the wilderness and had just finished my only book. This was all there was to do when it was 40C and you were waiting for it to cool off before continuing a desert hike where you had to carry all your water. I knew nothing about the book or author before picking it up. What started off interesting quickly became self pitying then started dragging and ended up like the author just wanted to finish the book but didn't know how and had just lost all sense of the story. P ...more
Bob Corrigan
I found this to be a very strange book. I didn't enjoy reading it one bit -- didn't like the characters (ANY of them), the setting (North Slope Alaska), the subject (death), the technique (bizarre psychological stuff). I finished it only because it was so short - more like a novella.

The strange thing is that I can recall much of this book - which is a rarity. I mean, I can put a book down and have trouble telling you very much about it. But this one ... for some reason it just stuck.? That's a
Petra Morin
Heavy going but I love his writing. It might have not been the best book to read in the dead of winter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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“I’ll never stop believing it: Robert Olen Butler is the best living American writer, period.”
– Jeff Guinn, Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Robert Olen Butler has published eleven novels which includes The Alleys of Eden, Sun Dogs, Countrymen of Bones, On Distant Ground, Wabash, The Deuce, They Whisper, The Deep Green Sea, Mr. Spaceman, Fair Warning, and Hell, as well as five volumes of short fiction; Tab
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