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Sounder by William H. Armstrong
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Aug 23, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: read-in-2011

** spoiler alert ** {this is the correct isbn# but the cover image is incorrect ..see #9780060201432 instead; illustrations by James Barkley, 116 pages}

Only the dog has a name in this book, Sounder. The anonymity of the characters perhaps suggests that you can fill in the names from someone you know. You might say, "Yes, my Uncle Jafaris went through a similar hardship. 'That's how it was during those days.', he would exclaim." ... a universal theme of struggle. And so it was for father, mother, son, brother, and Sounder in this book ... happily poor. But coming back empty handed after food hunting with his dog one too many times, father felt compelled to steal food in order to feed his family. But he broke the law and so he was sent to jail. His loyal co-hunting dog, Sounder, ended up getting shot at in the process and off to the waters Sounder disappears to heal. In the meantime, son takes on the role of man of the house. Endures cruelty in his quest to see his father in jail and later his whereabouts. Son longs to be literate and through the years in wait for his father to return, he was fortunate enough to stumble into a teacher willing to empower him with that gift. Such an enablement gave fruit to hope amidst the sad, cruel, and hard life.

A touching story of endurance and patience. Saddening and hopeful.

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