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The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski
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it was amazing
bookshelves: animals, literary

This retelling of Hamlet in the guise of Huck Finn + dogs could be The Great American Novel. It is beautifully written and poignantly sad, and it illuminates Hamlet for the 21st century reader. Wroblewski explains Hamlet's famous inability to act by making him 14 years old. In the coming together of Claude with Trudy, Edgar, and Gar - the Sawtelle family - there is an inevitable rush toward tragedy in the middle of the protagonists trying to live their lives. I am mystified by the Goodreads reviewers who read all the way through only to be disappointed and dismayed by the ending. There is only one way for Hamlet to end. You know what the ending will be from the first page, or you should.
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Reading Progress

February 10, 2010 – Shelved
Started Reading
July 4, 2013 – Shelved as: animals
July 4, 2013 – Shelved as: literary
July 4, 2013 – Finished Reading

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Ms.pegasus This was one of my favorite books. I loved the way he blended the supernatural and realistic together to draw the reader into a world where such things could possible happen. The writing was mesmerizing. As you say, how else could it all end.


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