I’ve taken a few days between finishing the book and blogging a review, and I’m STILL not sure how I feel about this book. Oh, it was touching, it sure was. I made the Knight stand there and starve and tap his foot and glare Sunday night while I read the last few paragraphs. Then I wiped my tears, blew my nose and we went to dinner.
I don’t know how to talk about the book at all without a few spoilers, but I don’t think what I’m sharing will ruin the book for you. The general concept is, the narrator/dog comes back – as in reincarnation – time and time again until his ulimate form serves its ultimate purpose. Now, my raised Episco-Catholic-Bapt-Methodist mind had some trouble with that concept, despite the fact that the Knight and I have called Gretchen “Mugsy” more than once. When we say it, we’re totally joking, because anyone who knew Mugsy knows he couldn’t come back as the most obedient, polite, PANK-wearin’ JRT ever, no matter how he loved his people.
I also had trouble getting into the book, but once you get past the first version, it got better. I did skim a lot in some spots, because while I get the whole boy and his dog thing, and I too had a dog that saw me through my parents’ divorce and my own life-changing injuries as a teen, my eyes crossed and I just wanted to get to the plot twist.
Still, I’m glad the blogless local friend recommended it just now, because I do believe EVERYTHING happens for a reason, and I do believe dogs exist in part to teach us how to love unconditionally. Sissy is also teaching us how to bounce back from what would all but break most humans. Her spirit and ability to overcome is inspiring. The DIVA has charisma, and something about her makes fans everywhere she goes. She’s a very special girl, and honestly, being her caretakers is an honor the Knight and I take very seriously.
Her incision is almost completely healed. We’re still waiting on the hair to finish growing in, but I need to get you a current photo. Maybe for tomorrow’s Dogs on Thursday?
The Nook is already waiting for me to start reading World Without End. What are you reading?