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Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
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Sep 20, 08

bookshelves: fiction-and-humor, childhood-favorites, lifetime-keepers
Read in July, 1970

I guess I'm a sucker for tearjerkers. It doesn't hurt that dogs and hunting and grandfathers and camping are all interwoven in this wonderful tale of love and joy. Rawls is masterful at bringing the taste and texture of Bill and his coon dogs, Dan and Ann. We feel the nip of autumn's frosty nights, the ghostliness of fog shrouded woods and trailes, and the excitement of a close-fought competition. With all of that, though, the most important lesson of Rawls' timeless story may be that joy can come independent of wealth, influence, or station.
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