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Dan Knew

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  21 ratings  ·  19 reviews
A Ukrainian street dog is rescued from certain death by an expat family. As he travels to new countries with them a darkness grows and he finds himself narrating more than just his story. More than a dog story. Ultimately it's a story of escape and survival but maybe not his.
The world through Wee Dan's eyes in a voice that will stay with you long after you turn that last
Paperback, 342 pages
Published June 5th 2017 by Fiona Curnow
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Joanne Robertson
This isn’t my usual type of read but I am a sucker for a animal story (Marley and Me, A Street Cat named Bob….) so was intrigued enough to see what exactly “Dan Knew” in this fictional account based on his real life adventures with his owners.

In a way, this isn’t even Dans story but the story of an abusive relationship seen through his eyes as he tries to make sense of the new world he finds himself in. But it does cover his life from the moment he is picked up as a stray from the streets of the
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Rescued from the streets of Ukraine, Dan finds a new, loving home with lots of fresh experiences to tell us about. Dan has a dog’s preoccupations: food, smells, trees, chasing things, long walks. So as a narrator, his is always a limited view of events, many of which he does not fully understand and therefore cannot always interpret for us the reader. I suspect if you a
Sep 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I understand that Dan Knew is a semi-biographical account of the author’s earlier life. The story begins with who we later understand to be Fiona’s daughter finding a stray puppy ‘Dan’ whilst they were living in the Ukraine. The puppy is traumatised by having seen his own dog family taken away and is lost and fearful of what is to come. Luckily for the pup, he struck lucky. He had found loving owners and subsequently formed a particularly close bond with Fiona – his ‘Mum’.

The story is narrated b
Tracy Shephard
Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A book written through the eyes of a dog ..

Rescued from the streets of the Ukraine, Dan, traumatised and lost, finds love and care with his newly adopted family.

Did the Curlews adopt Dan or did Dan in own canine way adopt them.

This is one hell of an emotional read and I am not ashamed to say I bawled several times. I actually found it difficult at times.

The love from an animal is one of the purest forms there is, and Dan gave it in abundance.

This is a unique read and will appeal to all animal lo
Susan Hampson
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This story centres round a young married couple and all the troubles they have in their everyday lives. The problems with drink, work and what seems like continual moving house and at times country, to live. Doesn’t sound much of a story really does it except this isn’t really their story. This is the story of Dan and his life but the unusual thing is Dan is a dog.
Dan, although nameless when the story begins, is one of the wild pack dogs that lives on the streets of the Ukraine until the day he
Sep 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having owned and fostered many dogs in the past I have spent hours wondering what they are thinking. When they look adoringly at you with big brown eyes, are they feeling complete adoration, or do they just know that it's the best way to get a treat or a tummy rub?

This book is written from the perspective of a rescue dog called Dan (or Wee Dan or Danya), found on the streets of the Ukraine. It's called Dan Knew because he actually did know and he witnessed the trauma of a turbulent domestic situ
Dee-Cee  It's all about the books
Anyone who owns a dog will often wonder what they are thinking, I know I do often with my loopy Labrador. Well in Dan Knew we get a good idea of how a dog thinks, the similarities with Dan and my old rescue dog were uncanny which made this story all the more special.
A little Ukrainian street dog finds himself all alone after his family are taken away, luck is on his side though when he is rescued and finds a new ‘mum’ and a new home. We then get to follow Dan’s story from Ukraine 2002 to Scotlan
Nicola Smith
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I first heard about Dan Knew I thought it sounded like a lovely premise for a novel. It tells the story of Dan, a plucky puppy born to a street dog in Ukraine. He is rescued by an expat family who take him in along with various other dogs and cats along the way.

I thought it got off to a relatively slow start. Dan was a gorgeous and loyal dog to his 'mum' but the life of a dog isn't the most exciting thing to read about. But, and there's a big but here, I think the fact that I knew it was se
Leah Moyse
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was thrilled to be approached by the author to read this latest book as reviewed her previous one To Retribution, you can read my review for that one here, I also got to ask her some questions.

Dan Knew is a completely different story to the other book and I as a huge animal and particularly dog lover I was extremely interested by the premise of the story, it is safe to say that Dan Knew did not disappoint. I found it moving and beautifully written.

Dan was rescued from the streets of the Ukra
Sam (Clues and Reviews)
Good morning and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Dan Knew by FJ Curlew. This book is something completely different from Clues and Reviews and the books I normally read. However, I am such a sucker for a story featuring a dog. I am probably 100% percent, absolutely, a little bit obsessed with my own fur baby (which I have mentioned before, I think) so I was pretty excited to read this story about a street dog who is rescued.

This story is also semi-autobiographical; the animals (and peop
Michelle Ryles
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I've read a lot of books in my time from many different perspectives, but never from that of a dog. Of course, we welcome dogs into our families and they often become our very best friend, so wouldn't it be lovely to hear what they were thinking? Wonder no more, as we get into the head of a tough, but cautious, little guy as he finds his feet in the world and becomes a beloved member of a slightly unconventional family.

As a puppy, Dan is separated from his mother and siblings when they are captu
Sep 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I absolutely adore dogs to the extent that in a film or book I am always more upset by the death or injury of a dog than I am about the humans. Knowing that Curlew is as mad about dogs as I am, I was thrilled to be able to read and review Dan Knew.

Dan Knew is a very personal book about the life of Curlew’s best canine friend, wee Dan, who she sadly recently lost. It is told from the perspective of Dan from his brief time as a stray on the streets of the Ukraine to the life he has with the family
Sheila Fraser
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am an avid reader and will try any genre of books. This booked appeared to be a little different in that it was written through the eyes of a dog. Having read and enjoyed The Art of Driving in the Rain which was also written through the eyes of a dog, I thought I would try Dan Knew. Certainly not disappointed. It was like an addiction! I couldn't get to my daily 'fix' quick enough and only stopped reading when sleep beat me. It is a fantastic story and very cleverly written. I found myself pic ...more
Sep 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Now anyone who knows me will understand I am a complete softy when it comes to animals. So when Fiona approached me several months ago about a book featuring ‘Dan’ I could tell from her enthusiasm for the story how much this meant to her.

I went into ‘Dan Knew’ with a slight pre-conceived idea that it would be a story based around this much loved pet. What I didn’t expect was the whole tale would be told from Dan’s perspective.

It begins with a tiny puppy in peril, in Ukraine dogs aren’t treated a
Nerdish Mum
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Oh boy, this book! This book tore my heart out and made me fall in love all within 331 pages. I warn you that you will need tissues both for tears of laughter and sorrow.

I was so naive going into Dan Knew, I was aware that it was a book from the perspective of a dog, but I tend not to read the synopsis just before reading a book as I like to try and go in knowing as little as possible. What I didn't know was that this was a book that not only looked at life and the world through the eyes of a d
Jo Barton
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very poignant story about a rather special little dog called Dan who was rescued from the streets of Ukraine and taken on an unforgettable journey. Told from Dan's perspective, we get a unique insight into his thoughts and feelings, and of his awareness, and sometimes bewilderment, of what is going on in the world of his 'mum' and her family. That he is very much part of a family is obvious in the way that Dan interacts, both with the humans and other animals who form his world.

Dan Kne
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In Dan Knew we meet a street pup who after managing to escape being picked up by the dog catchers gets separated from his family. He is rescued by a young girl called Lucy and adopted by her family.
I have a confession to make, I am a huge dog lover and so when I was asked if I would read and review a book about a rescued puppy told from their perspective I jumped at the chance. What intrigued me the most was how the author was going to capture the events of everything going on in the voice of a
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‘The animals in this book are all real, as are their stories.

The people’s names have been changed to protect their privacy.

Fact or fiction? Well. dogs can’t talk, can they?’

These are the words of author FJ Curlew in reference to her second novel Dan Knew.

In this book the author tells us about life as seen through the eyes of Danya, a stray that was given a home in the Ukraine in 2002.

This is Dan’s story…

‘Snatching at the ground. Eyes staring. A bad noise. The body of a dog. Noses high, hackl
Vicki Bowles
When Fiona contacted me to ask me if I was interested in reading her new book about a dog named Dan, she had me at 'dog'.

Anyone who knows me knows I love dogs, so this story about a little dog, rescued by a family, intrigued me.

The story is told entirely from Dan's point of view, which is refreshing, and also very funny at times. The author shows her knowledge of dogs, bringing our little canine to life within the pages. He knows 'Mum', but her husband is only ever known as 'Him', which is quite
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Fiona dropped out of school aged 15, because being the consummate rebel, she hated it! After becoming a single parent she decided to return to education, graduating in 1996 with an honours degree in primary education. Ah, the irony!
As soon as she graduated she packed everything she owned into her Renault 11, including her daughter, two dogs and a cat, and headed off to Estonia to become an intern

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