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Greyfriars Bobby

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  730 Ratings  ·  73 Reviews
Purchase one of 1st World Library's Classic Books and help support our free internet library of downloadable eBooks. Visit us online at www.1stWorldLibrary.ORG - - When the time-gun boomed from Edinburgh Castle, Bobby gave a startled yelp. He was only a little country dog - the very youngest and smallest and shaggiest of Skye terriers-bred on a heathery slope of the Pentla ...more
Paperback, 120 pages
Published August 21st 2006 by Echo Library (first published June 28th 1905)
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Elisabeth
Jul 17, 2016 Elisabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had previously enjoyed the charming 1961 Disney film adaptation of Greyfriars Bobby, and for some reason, I don't know why, I had the notion that the source novel would be a bit dry and dusty. I was entirely wrong! This is one of those happy instances where the movie is a faithful adaptation, but the book is even better, simply because there's more of it—a little more depth to the characters, more backstory, more incidents that just didn't fit into a screenplay. The story of Bobby, the faithfu ...more
Tarissa
Dec 22, 2015 Tarissa rated it it was amazing
Bobby is a Skye Terrier who makes his abode in Greyfriars, Scotland. (When you say his name, make sure to pronounce it in a British/Scottish accent. Sounds better like that, of course.) This happy "little ruffian of a terrier" lived during Queen Victoria's reign--his true story begins in 1858 and takes the course of many years thereafter. Bobby has a very courageous story...

"It was a notable feat for a small creature whose tufted legs were not more than six inches in length, whose thatch of long
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·Karen·
Jan 19, 2012 ·Karen· rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My reading of Stevenson has reminded me how much I loved this as a child. I was such a sucker for sentimental animal stories: sobbed my heart out at the film version of The Incredible Journey and one of my earliest memories is how the lions at the Zoo did not share out their food in a comradely sort of way and I cried all the way home because one lioness went hungry. Aaaaaaaaw. Molesworth would have called me a wet and a weed, and my older brother called me worse than that. But that's what older ...more
The Book
Oct 20, 2013 The Book rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: europe, scotland
Off to Edinburgh for a few days stay in the Old Town, and with a five hour train journey from London to fill, what else could I read but Greyfriars Bobby?

I've read it before and had fond memories, so I downloaded it onto my new Kindle (thought I would hate the Kindle, but I LOVE it so far) and devoured it on the train, unashamedly shedding a few tears at the end.

Then, as soon as I dropped my bags off at my hotel, I headed out to explore all the places I'd just finished reading about in the Old
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Mark Speed
Dec 14, 2014 Mark Speed rated it really liked it
Being the son of Edinburgh folk, I was force-fed the legend of Greyfriars Bobby by my parents and grandparents. It's one of the great stories of animal loyalty. For those of you who don't know it, he was a Skye terrier who sat by his master's grave for 14 years in the grounds of the eponymous church (which wasn't called Bobby).

My mother was fond of this story as a child, so a paperback copy of this classic version of the story was thrust upon me at an early age. It remains on my shelves, its cov
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Wayne S.
Apr 27, 2015 Wayne S. rated it it was amazing
The story begins in 1858 when Bobby is a young, slate gray, Highland Skye terrier who lives on a sheep farm in the Pentland Hills outside of Edinburgh, Scotland. He claims as his master an old shepherd named John Gray, age 63, generally known simply as Auld Jock, although the dog actually is owned by the tenant of Cauldbrae farm where the shepherd works. That winter the farmer has to let Auld Jock go for lack of work, and the elderly shepherd rents a room in Edinburgh. Bobby runs away from the f ...more
Theresia
Jun 28, 2014 Theresia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel, dogs
Gw membeli bku ini dgn napsu, pertama hrganya murah (karena diskon dan bku lama). Kedua ini kisah nyata dan terakhir yang ga kalah penting ini tentang anjing! Mahkluk hidup paling manis sedunia setelah gw..hehe..
Dan ketika gw membaca bab2 awal gw rada bete, cerita dituliskan dengan deskriptif sih, gw bisa masuk kedalam cerita dan membayangkan sudut2 kota Edinburgh dimasa itu, merasakan pergolakan batin Auld Jack tua yang miskin dan kesepian dan yah gw seperti mengenal Bobby sendiri. Tapi kadang
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Suzyberry
Feb 04, 2012 Suzyberry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read with an open heart and a box of kleenex. This is the most honest portrait of the love and devotion that exists between a human being and his beloved dog. When you have read the book...don't miss the movie. Try and fit a box of kleenex in your purse...you will need it...but oh how both this book and movie will warm your heart and send you home to hug your beloved pet, or remember those that are now gone but so enriched your life with their unconditional love and affection.
Alicia
Sep 02, 2016 Alicia rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading my 1940 edition of such a sweet story about a dog's loyalty and love. I don't even like to be around dogs, but I enjoyed this story and the sneak peek into daily life in a Scottish town. Though the Scottish brogue throughout the book can be a challenge to decipher, I enjoyed this heartwarming story!

"And presently the man showed, unwittingly, how sweet a kernel the heart may lie under the shell of sordid necessity." - p. 88

"Everything warned Bobby to lie still in safety until mo
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Anne Mcginlay
Apr 11, 2015 Anne Mcginlay rated it it was amazing
Love this little book. Description is just great. I bring it out and re-read every 2-3 years. Usually in mid-winter when I can curl up and listen to the wind howling or watch the snow falling. I'm a bit late this time as reading it now but the wind is still howling!!!!!!! Not far to go in book so will be crying soon!!
Andrey Reshetnikov
Jun 18, 2016 Andrey Reshetnikov rated it liked it
Shelves: classics
These pages washed me with the warm waves of love and kindness. Once again I find most love and affection among the poorest characters. In Dickens this kindness is melted with sorrow but here it is more pure and positive, as in a fairy tale. Bobby is a symbol, of course, and the brightest one to describe absolute loyalty of a dog to its master. Their connection is almost magic and goes beyond death. Adventures of “wee Highlander”, this “bittie doggie” with his escapes, hidings and returns finish ...more
Kathryn Yeo
Aug 27, 2013 Kathryn Yeo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book! it really is awesome
Anindyta
Aug 17, 2016 Anindyta rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
REVIEW
GREYFRIARS BOBBY
Suram, itu merupakan hal pertama yang terpintas kalau melihat buku ini. Gimana nggak suram, gambar anjing kecil dengan sebuah batu nisan adalah cover terpilih untuk novel ini. Seakan kurang menyuramkan, warna abu – abu lah yang dipilih untuk menemani mereka melapisi halaman depan buku. Ada kutipan terkenal yang mengatakan jangan memandang buku dari covernya, karena belum tau tentang isinya. Namun nampaknya, buku ini merupakan pengecualian.

Greyfriars Bobby adalah sebuah ce
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MisterFweem
May 21, 2010 MisterFweem rated it it was amazing
"The bonny bit is the bairns' ain doggie, an' the Laird Provost himsel' told 'em he wasna to be neglectet,'" was one mother's plea.

Ah! that was very true. To the grand folk who had come to see him, Bobby was only a nine days' wonder. His story had touched the hearts of all orders of society. For a time strangers would come to see him, and then they would forget all about him or remember him only fitfully. It was to these poor people around the kirkyard, themselves forgotten by the more fortunate
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Ady Ahmed
Banyak pengorbanan yang dilakukan Bobby demi tuannya itu. Seperti terpaksa menahan rasa lapar karena tidak dapat mencari makan dan terkurung di area pekuburan, hingga mengalami luka-luka setelah menuruni Castle Rock yang terkenal curamnya. Namun Bobby tetaplah Bobby, ia tetap berusaha menunjukkan kesetiaannya dengan kembali ke atas gundukan tanah itu.

Karena sikap sopan, pengorbanan dan kesetiaan Bobby, dalam sekejap ia berhasil meraih simpati setiap orang dari setiap kalangan sosial dan menjadik
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Gale
Apr 21, 2013 Gale rated it liked it
“Canine Loyalty in a Scottish Churchyard”

Set in 19th century Edinburgh this classic dog story is not really a children’s book (no juvenile protagonist), but people of all ages can relate to friendship and loyalty, Christian compassion and an innate sense of duty. Based on a true story this book was modified in places by the admiring author—perhaps to give it more youthful or rustic appeal.

A small terrier named Bobby was the devoted working companion of an a elderly shepherd, but when Old Jock
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Sarah
Apr 02, 2015 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh, I loved this book. I never read it as a child and to be honest it probably would have been lost on me through the language. Not the dialect, though even as a Scot some of it was too thick for me to translate, but as a child I was more into Point Horror and The Babysitters Club.

Enough about me though, and let's talk about the wee sonsie doggie. I've never read something where the character was so well crafted and who attached themselves so deeply to the reader without a single word spoken or
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Katie
Aug 25, 2010 Katie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Doggy folks
I had a hell of a time with this book in the fourth grade and I didn't like it at all. It was too hard to read, especially some of the dialect. And it was dark and sad and tragic, with the old shepherd dying poor, and lonely, and probably unnecessarily (I wouldn't have been a big fan of Dickens back then), and the little dog clinging heartbroken to his grave.

The book sat on my shelf, glowering at me like a vulture, unread, jealous, for years, until I gave it away after college. I gave it anothe
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Laurie Watts-Wagner
The great love between animals and their humans

This book was quite a moving record of Bobby's love for his master. You will not be able to stop falling in love with Bobby your self. I would definitely recommend this book to all. Because it is written as the words are spoken in Scotland, it took !onger than usual to read.
Hobby
I'm not dog's lover, but reading this book just make me cry and wanting to hugh those dogs, especially this dog. Greyfriars Bobby was based on true story, about the love and loyalty of this ordinary dog, and his fight again all and everyone who had stand between him and the grave of his-master, makes this dog became known by everyone on the island of Scotland ... from a little boy and girl, from the grave-keepers until the cafe owner, from the simple peasant until the Queen of Scotland, everyone ...more
Stefanie
A wonderful book about a loyal dog, who keeps watch over his dead master's grave.

I didn't hear about Bobby before, but I enjoyed the story about this lovable little Syke Terrier. How Bobby, although still young when his beloved master dies, keeps watch over his grave all the time, how he captures the hearts of everyone around the kirkyard and then is awarded one of the highest prices,never to be separated from his master again.

I did have some problems with the Scottish language in the book, but
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Rena Searles
Dec 27, 2014 Rena Searles rated it it was amazing
Sweet, wonderful book about a little dog who captured the heart of a city! Based on a true story of a Skye terrier named Bobby and his undying love and devotion to his master. The Scottish vernacular made for a little slow going here and there, but well worth the read.
Lisa
May 11, 2011 Lisa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dog lovers
Shelves: true-story, dogs
I need to give this book 2 and a half stars.. because i'm between 'liked it' and 'it was okay' for this book.

I loved, loved the story and loved how Bobby spent years just being faithful to his owner, and Bobby's story with the people around him. i loved how it started and how it ended too. Although i do love detailed descriptions as how the author wrote them, i really had such a hard time reading the book. it was too slow for my taste, that often reading it becomes boring and sometimes even tiri
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Kathryn
Jul 08, 2015 Kathryn rated it really liked it
It's sappy and over-romanticized, but true to its era. AND it is a lovely, sweet read. And sometimes we need those.
Rose
Aug 26, 2014 Rose rated it really liked it
Made me bawl like a freaking baby, this did.

Great story, it's just so damn sad!
Maggie
Jan 22, 2015 Maggie rated it it was amazing
I read it many years ago, and it made me cry. But I enjoyed it.
Anita
Jun 08, 2010 Anita rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I tried, I really tried. But I just coudn't take any more deciphering of sentences such as, "Sic a fulish bairn! Wi' fower wa's arooned 'im, an' a roof to 'is heid, an' a floor to 'is fut, hoo could a sma' dog mak' a way oot?" after dozens and dozens of sentences in this vein I just couldn't be bothered trying to figure them out any more. I found myself glossing over them, and having therefore lost the plot (so to speak) I gave up two-thirds through. I know there's a great story in there somewhe ...more
Conyers
Aug 10, 2014 Conyers rated it really liked it
Shelves: classics
The edition I read was a Penguin edition...
Beverly Jean
Jul 16, 2016 Beverly Jean rated it it was amazing
A delightful little book for every age.
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Eleanor Stackhouse Atkinson (1863–1942) was a journalist, publisher, and author. Born in Indiana, she began her career as a schoolteacher in Indianapolis and Chicago. She wrote for the Chicago Tribune under the pen name “Nora Marks,” and worked as the publisher for the Little Chronicle Publishing Company. In 1912, she published her best-known work: the classic children’s story Greyfriars Bobby.
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