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message 1: by Joy H., Group Founder (new)

Joy H. (joyofglensfalls) | 16697 comments I'm still reading the Sawtelle book. I'm on the last hundred pages. The ending better be a good one! After reading over 400 pages, I don't want to be disappointed. I must say, I'm getting a bit tired of waiting for the book to end. It's the kind of book I can read only a bit of at a time because it seems to stretch out and stretch out.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Story of Edgar Sawtelle: A Novel by David Wroblewski ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


message 2: by Becky (last edited Jan 13, 2009 06:10AM) (new)

Becky (beckymurr) It is funny to see how other readers approach a book Joy. When our group read that book-we all couldn't put it down for fear of finishing it, we did not want to end to come LOL!!

Heading to the Dr with my husband & off to a movie...


message 3: by Joy H., Group Founder (new)

Joy H. (joyofglensfalls) | 16697 comments Hi Becky. I've experienced that feeling (the one of not wanting a book to end) with some books, but not with the Sawtelle book.

I love that feeling. You want the story to go on and on so the pleasure will last forever. It's a cozy pleasure.

I don't find the Sawtelle book a "cozy" book. The dogs in the story are warm and fuzzy, but I'm always afraid something will happen to one of them. I don't enjoy feeling anxious while I'm reading. I relate to dogs so closely that they seem like innocent children to me. No harm must come to them or my heart breaks.


message 4: by Joy H., Group Founder (new)

Joy H. (joyofglensfalls) | 16697 comments Becky, come back later and tell us about the movie you saw. Have a safe trip.


message 5: by Becky (new)

Becky (beckymurr) I will Joy-we are going to see Gran Torino with Clint Eastwood.


message 6: by Jackie (last edited Jan 14, 2009 08:26AM) (new)

Jackie (thelastwolf) | 4050 comments I love Clint Eastwood! That movie looks good, I'd be interested in what you thought of it.


message 7: by Becky (new)

Becky (beckymurr) Jackie wrote: "I love Clint Eastwood! That movie looks goods, I'd be interested in what you thought of it."

We thought it was great...I will review it on the "good movie" thread, after my husband leaves for work...


message 8: by Jackie (new)

Jackie (thelastwolf) | 4050 comments OK, I'll check it there later.


message 9: by Kathy (last edited Jan 23, 2009 06:15PM) (new)

Kathy (KMRichute01) | 6 comments This is one of the best books I have read (The Story of Edgar Sawtelle) in a long time. I am very much into "big" books, so that is one of the things that attracted me to it. Then, as I was paying for it, I got into a discussion with the sales clerk, who had already read it. She told me that she loved it, and did not want it to end. I have to agree. It is a sad story, but a true testament of the love of family and of dogs.

I highly recommend it.


message 10: by Becky (new)

Becky (beckymurr) Kathy wrote: "This is one of the best books I have read (The Story of Edgar Sawtelle) in a long time. I am very much into "big" books, so that is one of the things that attracted me to it. Then, as I was payin..."

Kathy-up there on my list of favorites too & I know I am going to have to reread it-there were times when I just had to stop....


message 11: by Joy H., Group Founder (new)

Joy H. (joyofglensfalls) | 16697 comments Welcome to the group, Kathy. Nice to see you posting. I enjoyed the first part of _The Story of Edgar Sawtelle A Novel_ but I didn't like the sad ending.


message 12: by Regina (new)

Regina (luncrest) | 26 comments I agree with you Joy, I didn't like the ending at all. Not only was it sad but it confused me.


message 13: by Joy H., Group Founder (new)

Joy H. (joyofglensfalls) | 16697 comments Regina wrote: "I agree with you Joy, I didn't like the ending at all. Not only was it sad but it confused me."

Yes, I was floored by the ending. In fact, I found the last pages very boring and did a lot of skimming. I usually don't like to skim, but by that time, I was disgusted with the way the book was going.

Such a shame because the rest of the book was so great! I loved the character of Edgar, and also of Henry, the man he lived with for a while. That part of the book was well done.


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