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The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski
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Sep 15, 11

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Read in August, 2011

I liked this book on so many levels and often had a hard time putting it down. The story line, borrowed roughly from Hamlet, was can't miss, but Wroblewski has also tinkered with this story in ingenious, and enjoyable, ways. In fact, I'd argue that his addition of the "next" dogs and all of the dog training material ultimately makes the novel much more uplifting and hopeful than Shakespeare's rather bleak play. Yes, W's novel is still a tragedy, but 1 touched by the bright possibility of dogs who have many things to teach humans. Also, I have to admit that I loved the "character" of Almondine and cried embarrassingly long when she chooses to continue her search for Edgar on a different plane, then made her re-appearance in the barn and that entire reconciliation scene. That was powerful writing, and for that alone I'd recommend the book. I'd love to be able to teach a course putting W's novel and S's _Hamlet_ side by side (leaving some space to also explore other Shakespearian echoes). Still, this novel is a fabulous read on its own. My one small complaint is that the book drags a bit about 3/5 of the way through; some of the info/details about Edgar's departure and time up until meeting Henry might have been collapsed a little. But, really, how can one complain about an author being long-winded in 1 part when he's done so many other things right? I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a "thick," captivating read.
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Lisa Nocita I really enjoyed this one too!


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