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The Story of Edgar Sawtelle: A Novel (P.S.) (edição 2009)

por David Wroblewski (Autor)

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A tale reminiscent of "Hamlet" that also celebrates the alliance between humans and dogs follows speech-disabled Wisconsin youth Edgar, who bonds with three yearling canines and struggles to prove that his sinister uncle is responsible for his father's death.
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Título:The Story of Edgar Sawtelle: A Novel (P.S.)
Autores:David Wroblewski (Autor)
Informação:Ecco (2009), Edition: Reprint, 608 pages
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Absolutely loved this book! Well written, great character development. The relationships between man and wife, brother to brother, mother and son, boy and his dogs...brilliant. She painted a vivid picture in my mind while reading...would love to see this on a reading list for late middle school/high school ( )
  Betsy_Crumley | Jan 28, 2021 |
This was according to book cover one of Oprah's Book Club's 2008 selection. I bought it at a used book sale many years ago and had it on my "to read" pile until I finally decided it was time. I thought it started alittle slow, but drew me in due to the storyline of dog training, not that I am that interested, only that I have known and do know of several support dogs and was interested if this is how it somewhat started. The story is basically about "Edgar" born mute. He lived with his parents on the farm and worked on training a special selected breed of dog (fictional per book cover), that were trained by specific methods that started back from Edgar's great grandfather. Edgar's life revolved around the training of the dogs who Edgar communicated with by hand signs. All in the world was seemingly going great until his father's brother entered the scene. Eventually, the brother's rivalry or whatever brothers' issues escalated and the heart of the story begins. Edgar and his dogs begin a journey to unveil the truth behind his father's untimely death. I was cheering Edgar on not knowing how he was going to achieve his quest and still somewhat stunned on the finality. The final scene actually helped soothe the heartache of accepting the outcome of Edgar's quest for truth. ( )
  booklovers2 | Jan 17, 2021 |
Such an unusual book. It took me a while to understand that part of its specialness was in the unusual way it gave voice to those without it. And the ability to take the perspective of dogs with great respect, but without coddling or cuteness. It got better and better, and I definitely recommend it. ( )
  bederson | Dec 17, 2020 |
An impressive re-working of the tragedy of Hamlet, told through the eyes of a family of dog breeders. So much beautiful detail and description. This book may help you see your dog in a whole new light, as well as the Bard's time-honored play. ( )
  stephkaye | Dec 14, 2020 |
This book was slow moving and profound. I had never picked it up because the story is at heart about a mute boy living in a rural area who's family breeds, trains and sells dogs. Not really something that would interest me, but I was wrong. ( )
  LoisSusan | Dec 10, 2020 |
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The Story of Edgar Sawtelle is a dutiful procession through the main events of [Hamlet]. The Mousetrap scene, in which Edgar trains his dogs to act out his father’s murder in front of Claude, is marvelous—Wroblewski loves writing about dogs and he’s great at it—but the other pages are still covered by translucent drafter’s blueprints. Here’s Polonius, the meddler, here’s Laertes, the avenging son, and so on. (The Laertes figure isn’t introduced until page 489 and he’s as puzzled as the rest of us about why he’s supposed to kill a fourteen-year-old boy.) Wroblewski is only at pains to apply himself when there’s a chance his characters might become complicated and unsympathetic.
adicionada por Shortride | editarOpen Letters Monthly, Sam Sacks (Sep 1, 2008)
 
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, all 566 pages, is surprising and rewarding. It's worth savoring, both its story and its storytelling.
adicionada por Katya0133 | editarUSA Today, Bob Minzesheimer (Jun 19, 2008)
 
High literary art from a talent that bears watching.
adicionada por Katya0133 | editarBooklist, Ian Chipman (Jun 1, 2008)
 
This is the best book I've read in a long time.
adicionada por Katya0133 | editarPublishers Weekly (May 19, 2008)
 
[A] spellbinding first novel . . .
adicionada por Katya0133 | editarKirkus Reviews (Apr 15, 2008)
 

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