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This is a very well written book with serious flaws I cannot fathom what the point of the book is or why it s getting such good press The author doesn t seem to understand the relationship between story and the flow of ideas He skips over important details such as why anyone does anything they do in the story What does all that dog training have to do with the story And someone please explain the old woman at the grocery store Great books and even just good ones use incident to explain motivation and to carry forward the ideas the book is trying to convey This book is filled with incident that has no bearing on anything and the author carries the story forward with the help of ghosts strange storms and sudden unexplained shifts in the character s understanding of what is happening In reality I ept imagining that it was really a 576 page short story It is certainly not a novel in the traditional sense I think the buzz is because of the nice dogs True when I was a boy I had a really great purebred Collie who was really a human in disguise and I still remember him very fondly forty years on But even Brody my dog could not warrant a pointless 576 page short story I was SOOOO disappointed in this book The only reason I gave it even one star is because of his depiction of the lovely dogs in the story I felt like the author went overboard trying to wax poetic to the point w I had such high hopes for this book Just read these descriptive passages This will be his earliest memoryRed light morning light High ceiling canted overhead Lazy click of toenails on wood Between the honey colored slats of the crib a whiskery muzzle slides forward until its cheeks pull back and a row of dainty front teeth bare themselves in a ridiculous grin The nose uivers The velvet snout dimplesFine dark muzzle fur Black nose leather of lacework creases comma of nostrils flexing with each breath As slowly as he can he exhales feigning sleep but despite himself his breath hitches At once the muzzle nows he is awake It snorts Angles right and left Withdraws Outside the crib Almondine s foreuarters appear Her head is reared back her ears cocked forwardA cherry brindled eye peers back at himHe pitches to his side rubs his hand across the blanket blows a breath in her face Her ears flick back She stomps a foot He blows again and she withdraws and bows and woofs low in her chest uiet and deepHearing it he forgets and presses his face against the rails to see her all of her take her inside him with his eyes and before he can move she smears her tongue across his nose and forehead I mean comma of nostrils Such a perfect dog nose description I expected this stuff through the whole bookThe book opens with a mysterious prologue and even mysterious description of the farm and particularly the barn Then an even MORE mysterious ind of wolf puppy is discovered that somehow predicts something then dies The novel lays out a nice plot family raises dogs has created their own breed not because of the way it looks but the way it behaves They won t sell to anyone one until it is an adult and is properly trained Gar and Trudy try to have children Trudy has several miscarriages and finally after the mysterious wolf cub is found and dies they have a boy who is not deaf but is completely mute He has this marvelous relationship with the dogs and a particularly close relationship with the Above Described Almondine There Is A Tiny described Almondine There is a tiny of magic as the plot progresses just enough to make you warm and cautious at the same time But somewhere between when the watery image of his dead dad appears and Page the vet falls down the steps and dies and Edgar and 3 of his dogs run away the book just falls apart for me And during the rest of the read i hoped that the next page would pull hoped that the next page would pull from the tedium that had set in and get back to business and answer some of the mysterious uestions that the author had set floating around in his misty prose But it did not happen I either did not get it or it was not delivered I struggled through the last half wishing I had followed Mike s lead and stopped after the first 100 pages How sad This is an extraordinary novel Hamlet in the North Woods of Wisconsin Wroblewski was very fond of the stories of Shakespeare as a Der Verlorene Koffer: A Graded Reader for Beginning Students kid if not necessarily the actual text and it is clear that he carried with him thenowledge of tragedy Edgar opens with a mysterious transaction in the Orient in which a man seeks out a purveyor of a particularly effective poison That will feature large later in the story Edgar Hamlet is a boy born without the power of speech to a family father Gar and mother Trudy engaged in the business of raising very special dogs so called Sawtelle dogs The author made up the breed Edgar is accompanied by his faithful companion Almondine born only a short while prior to the boy She is a wonderful character and I wish there was of her in this book She is Ophelia Edgar is a hard worker who manages to become uite adept at his dog training It is his life There is a mystical seer in the village Ida Paine who can be counted on to say some sooths She is so spooky she is almost comedic but her purpose is other Finally the household is joined by Claude Claudius Gar s brother He very much reminded me of Iago and even a bit of Richard the Third as well as of his Hamlet inspiration Claude and Gar never got on well and we can expect of the same even though they are teamed for a time at least in working the dog business The authorThis is one of the most moving books I have ever read Edgar is an immediately sympathetic character beset by malevolent forces and unable to make himself heard While one can see early on that the Shakespearean DNA will lead to a dark place the journey there is magical Do not be put off by the impending troubles There are triumphs as well as defeats in store Wroblewski was also very fond of Kipling s Jungle Book as a id and Edgar takes on the role of Mowgli as well as that of Hamlet There is immense charm to accompany the danger when EdgarMowgli is afoot. Born mute speaking only in sign Edgar Sawtelle leads an idyllic life with his parents on their farm in remote northern Wisconsin For generations the Sawtelles have raised and trained a fictional breed of dog whose thoughtful companionship is epitomized by Almondine Edgar's lifelong friend and ally But with the unexpected return of Claude Edgar's paternal uncle turmoil consumes the Sawtelles' once peaceful home Whe. .

In the woodjungle with his personal pack It is shocking that this is Wroblewski s first novel It sings with the language of a master Read it aloud and hear for yourself You will come to love Edgar ache for Almondine weep for some smile at the indness of a few rage at others This is not just another book but an emotional engagement that brings with it the satisfaction of literary content and beauty of language If you have not had the opportunity to travel with Edgar seek him out and howl with joy and sorrow This is a great great bookEXTRA STUFFLinks to the author s personal website His Twitter account does not appear to have been touched in a couple of years and I found no FB page by him In his site you might enjoy the tangents page for a diversity of interesting information and links PS Wroblewski will be returning to the North Woods in his next book telling the story of Edgar s ancestors Edgar took him ten years to write I don t think the preuel will take uite so long as he will hopefully have made enough money from Edgar to allow him to spend full time writing I can t waitPPS I happened across a very nice interview with Wroblewski on Bookbrowsecom And several years later I stumbled upon this interview with OprahOne final interview on Vulturecom I guess I have to be the spoilsport here I did not like this bookLet me just say straight out that anthropomorphism does not sit well with me I almost jumped ship on page 30 where the story hopped over to the POV of Almondine the dog and had her thinking and reasoning like a human being I love dogs I ve had uite a few in my lifetime I speak dog well we relate to each other well But I think they lose their o I waged a personal debate for this five star rating arguing what exactly makes a book great With every uestion I returned to the story itself has the ability to lift a book above average efforts The Story of Edgar Sawtelle is just that a great story A modern retelling of Hamlet Certainly the author availed himself of the plot to frame his tale of a mute boy and a remarkable group of dogs but there is much to be enjoyed among these pagesThere are the languid narrative passages vast and breathtaking paragraphs describing the north Wisconsin woods the Sawtelle farm the intensity of training dogs and the detailed geneology reuired to classify a breed Make no mistake if you like a fast read this book isn t for you the author s finely drawn sentences are meant to slow the reader to step out of your hectic reality and allow yourself to dreamAs an aspiring writer myself I understood how the author labored over every sentence every word choice he wanted everything to be perfect That he was in labor for ten years with his story makes one wonder what he must of felt when he finishedSome might argue the necessity for such extended prose Are all those expanded descriptions really helping the story Who the fuck am I to even dare that uestion It all comes down to the story and when I am nearly breathless as a story comes to its inevitable end such criticisms seem pointless I shuddered at the two typos pages 164 430 and for a time those oversights in editing threatened a great story Edgar Sawtelle is an unforgettable character like Huck Finn or Ignatius O Reilly or Holly Golightly He ll be an old friend for the rest of my life I m torn I m torn between giving this Book 5 Stars And 1 5 stars and 1 The book is very thought provoking It is well written and very evocative of the time early 70 s and the place far northern Wisconsin This was a book that I had a hard time putting down and indeed I stayed up too late several nights and played hooky on chores an entire afternoon so I could read it instead I would give the first 500 pages five stars and the last 66 pages one starI went into this book thinking it was a YA type and this may be one of the downfalls of a Kindle you can t tell how really long a book is or else I don t yet have the right feeling for interpreting the dots that show how far you ve read in a book ButYes it s a story about a 13 year old mute boy living on a dog farmbreeding ennel in the early 70 sYes it s a coming of age storyYes it s everything that sounds like a really good boydog animal story should beButThink again This book is a tragedy than anything else It s what you might get if you crossed Hamlet or King Lear with Old Yeller The ending is very heavy on the Shakespearian side of the scale If I wasn t reading on an electronic device I might have thrown the book across the room after finishing the last paragraph I felt so cheated by the ending I wanted a happy ending or at the very least redemption feeling good and that s not where I am At all Right now I really wish there was someone else around who had read it so I could talk about itI thought this was going to be a warm fuzzy boy his dog coming of age story that would be a fun summer read It s not this book is a tragedy pure but not simple The I think about it the connections I am finding to King LearEdit From the author this is actually a retelling of Hamlet Anyone can base their work on a Shakespearean tragedy Go ahead try it The goal is to make it speak for itself This novel has no voice It s stunningly inauthentic in its modesty and brazen in its ambition This poorly conceived and executed book may appeal to a shocking number of readers but it doesn t make it worth one of the dogs that inspired itI feel like Joe the Plumber in Israel I have a thousand uestions in my mind yet I can t think of the right one Well I can how can so many people possibly have raced through such a supremely tiresome book Why does Wroblewski seem interested in describing the chattering leaves than in explaining how Edgar seems so isolated from anyone his age despite his supposed popularity at school Was it necessary to include a passage in second person that had probably been an exercise for an MFA course Why bring include a passage in second person that had probably been an exercise for an MFA course Why bring the implausible news coverage of the Starchild colony only to drop it for than a hundred pages I haven t gotten to where it s mentionned again but. N Edgar's father dies suddenly Claude insinuates himself into the life of the farm and into Edgar's mother's affections Grief stricken and bewildered Edgar tries to prove Claude played a role in his father's death but his plan backfires spectacularly Forced to flee into the vast wilderness lying beyond the farm Edgar comes of age in the wild fighting for his survival and that of the three yearling dogs who follow. ,

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The Story of Edgar Sawtelle