BOOK The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
PDF Ø BOOK The Story of Edgar Sawtelle ✓ 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 BuHim But his need to face his father's murderer and his devotion to the Sawtelle dogs turn Edgar ever homeward David Wroblewski is a master storyteller and his breathtaking scenes the elemental north woods the sweep of seasons an iconic American barn a fateful vision rendered in the falling rain create a riveting family saga a brilliant exploration of the limits of language and a compulsively readable modern classi 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 knows 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 kind 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 hint 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 away 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
David Wroblewski à The Story of Edgar Sawtelle BOOK
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 I'm torn I'm torn between giving this book 5 stars and 1 star 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 kennel 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
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The Story of Edgar SawtelleN 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 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 own innate dignity when people try to turn them into people A dog is a lovely thing It is not an inferior human being It is not superior human being It is a dog And that is enoughHowever I soldiered on To its credit the book is smoothly written Serviceable prose even if one only very occasionally encounters the kind of writing that lifts the heart Most of the writer’s attempts to wax poetic were so over the top that they created a fog of obscurity that spread over the entire novel Fuzzy writingfuzzy thinkingTo hang an inferior book on the bones of Hamlet does not make it a better book The Hamlet connection is unnecessary and interferes with our ability to see the book for itselfand unfortunately invites a comparison in which the imitator necessarily comes off far on the short sideI found the ending particularly irritating Not the tragedy but the idea that the hope for the future lies in the dogs Hope of the world in dogs? That thought wouldn’t have crossed my mind but for the overdone hype of the entire book concerning the characteristics of dogs Nevertheless it did cross my mind and it diminishes the book by its pat striving for a happy endingThe part of the book that worked best for me was when Edgar and the dogs were staying with Henry an endearing man and the most believable and sympathetic character in the book This was one of the few parts where for the most part I didn’t feel as if I were having to crank my suspension of disbelief ostentatiously into placeAs for the ghosts Don’t even get me started Suffice it to say that the book could have been written to work without them But then the author would have had to drop the Hamlet crutch wouldn’t he?