October 10, 2009

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski

Born mute, speaking only in sign, Edgar Sawtelle leads an idyllic life on his family's farm in remote northern Wisconsin where they raise and train an extraordinary breed of dog. But when tragedy strikes, Edgar is forced to flee into the vast neighboring wilderness, accompanied by only three yearling pups. Struggling for survival, Edgar comes of age in the wild, and must face the choice of leaving forever or revealing the terrible truth behind what has happened. (from Barnes and Noble)

Great book! I had mixed emotions at the end though. The ending was not what I wanted. Not at all. But after a week or so I looked at the story as a whole and realized it for what it is--a really great story. I think if Wroblewski had given it a happy ending, it would've been too forgettable. I knew beforehand what the "tragedy" would be and anticipating that moment kept me glued to my kindle. Edgar's time on the run was a little slow but I loved the Stephen King elements of this book where Edgar talks to dead people. The description of the ghost taking the form as a sheet of rain was so vivid. I would definitely recommend this book but keep some tissues handy because this book is chock full of dogs and we all know what happens to dogs in books don't we?


angie said...

Sounds good! This one's on the kindle, isn't it? Who am I going to borrow books from now?!