Happy Dogs on Thursday! If that’s why you’re here, there are several funny photos in the previous post, but today’s post is about a book with dogs in it, and generalized stuff that makes me happy. I think if you’ve been to my blog more than once, you know the fur-girls are my anti-depressants!
I love good dog literature, don’t you? Sadly, I’m not sure I can call The Story of Edgar Sawtelle good dog literature. Unrealistic expectations might be to blame, but I was really thinking I was going to get sucked in a fall in love with this book, and it never happened. Dogs as key characters and a ghost story? What’s not to love, right?
Wrong. The only character I fell in love with was Almondine, the matriarch of the Sawtelle pack I guess, definitely the canine nanny to tot Edgar. And when Edgar lashed out at her for falling under his uncle’s charm and THEN wouldn’t even let the dog apologize, I nearly put the book down for good.
It was slow-going, but once Gar died, the plot did gain speed and become interesting enough that I wanted to keep going. However, NOTHING was fully developed to my satisfaction. The Sawtelle dogs were legendary for their intellect, and I thoroughly enjoyed the glimpse of that we got. As a local friend noted though, the writer did clearly research a lot about dog training methods and wrote superbly on that subject.
I never did get the ghost story. Did whatever made Edgar a mute cause hallucinations, or did his dad really visit, or did his dad possess him or… ??? I consider myself above average in reading comprehension, and while I’ll confess I didn’t try too hard to figure it out, didn’t re-read a single passage, I still can’t tell you what the author was trying to get at with the supernatural scenes.
Mostly this book reaffirmed that I like a happy ending. As I wrote on Facebook, ending the book with a fire and a whole kennel/breed of dogs set loose into the woods did NOT make me happy on any level. Maybe fire and dogs in the woods are just too personal for me, but even if I’d loved the book prior to that…
I can’t recommend this book to other dog lovers. Yes, there are snatches of great dog lit within, but overall, it’s far too dark and the dogs just aren’t given enough ink to make up for the unlikeable human characters. The idea of breeding for intellect alone is lovely, and I would have liked to have seen more about the ficticious breed’s ability to reason earlier in the book.
For Thankful Thursday, I have to include a photo of something that makes me smile. The Knight is lurking in there, and he does make me smile more often than not, and while the shed-mahal is now finally under roof, what makes me smile is driving the big green tractor. I’ve been driving tractors since my single-digit years, and for some reason, I find real joy in sitting behind the wheel of a tractor.
- Sugarland Love on the Inside
- Billy Joel’s Greatest Hits
- The Sound of Music Soundtrack
- Camelot Soundtrack
- Fiddler on the Roof Soundtrack
- Meatloaf Bat Out of Hell (don’t judge)
- Tina Turner Simply the Best
- Dirty Dancing Soundtrack
How ’bout you? What songs can’t you do without?
If you didn’t get enough dogs today, Sissy has a post going up on her blog…