Whew! We had a fabulous Thanksgiving get-away. I don’t have many photos, so I’ll share more about that tomorrow. In the meantime, I did do some reading while we were at the beach. I’d packed books to read and had a plan, but I got distracted immediately Thursday morning by the fabulous bookcases my aunt keeps well-stocked in the beach house living room. I do believe just about every visit introduces me to a new author/book!
This time, it was First Dogs that distracted me. In fact, for the first time I can recall, I didn’t watch the Macy’s parade or the dog show that follows, because I had my nose in the book and then took my own leading ladies for a long walk on the beach.
I can’t say enough about this book. In fact… I might feel another bulk purchase for gifts coming on. It’s not political at all, and if you have any interest at all in dogs or history, you’ll love it.
Shame on me! Had I known it was such a study of human nature and small town dynamics, I would have jumped in right away. It is NOT a light, cheerful book. It is dark, stark and deep. I found the opening to be a little awkward and slow, but that’s really just the narrator establishing his own voice, and given that I am a stream of consciousness writer, talker, emailer, who am I to judge?!
The book is out of print, but given Caldwell’s popularity, it shouldn’t be hard to find. If you count To Kill a Mockingbird, Of Mice and Men or The Great Gatsby as a favorite, you need to read this one. (And yes, those are three of my favorites, to be sure.)
What are you reading?