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Three Bags Full by Leonie Swann
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Feb 26, 11

bookshelves: mysteries
Read from February 12 to 25, 2011

When I read the subtitle of this book -- A Sheep Detective Story -- I imagined an adorable, straightforward mystery novel. I mean, what a cute idea to have a flock of sheep solve the murder of their shepherd, right? The smart sheep is even named Miss Maple. You want me to draw you a map?

And don't get me wrong, that adorable genre exercise can be found within these pages, and if you're one of those people who find sheep to be an inherently funny and/or cute animal, you'll be reliably entertained. But there's also a lot more going on here than that. Most interesting is that the the inability of the sheep to understand human actions, which starts out as a running joke, ends up as a commentary on our inability to step outside our own perspective and really understand other people (or sheep).

Ultimately, I enjoyed the added philosophical meanderings, although I felt like some of it was overly cryptic.
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