Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Even though I would NEVER recommend or praise this book, I will say that our book club had some really good discussions over it. Who we liked, who we hated, were some things symbolic, what was the point...yes, lots of debating and that was good.
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Monday, December 27, 2010
SPOILER ALERT If I could have changed one thing it would have been to add some justice to the ending. Although sad, I could live with Edgar dying if the truth was revealed about his father's murder. Yes, dead, both of them. !!!!
It took David Wroblewski 10 years to write this "masterpiece". It appeared that he got completely bored and restless and he thought the best way to just get it over with was kill everyone and send the dogs into the wilderness. Huh?!
On a positive note I did like Henry but I felt bad that his fiance left him for being ordinary. She said, "Ordinary in the way you do things, ordinary in what you see and think and say. Just ordinary." Despite his ordinariness, or maybe because of it, I liked Henry. And I was happy Tinder, the wounded pup, stayed with him. Because of his hospitality he received a wonderful companion. (And Tinder will live alot longer than all the dogs dumped in the wild.)
Henry and cute dogs are no reason to read this book. There are only a few books that I will say, "DO NOT READ". This is one of them.
Friday, December 24, 2010
I thoroughly enjoyed three-quarters of this novel. The author made it easy to connect with the beautiful, sweeping, rural landscape of Wisconsin. I found learning about something I had no previous knowledge of, training dogs, very fascinating. I had also never thought about how someone with a handicap, such as being mute, would handle an emergency situation. Poor Edgar couldn’t even make a phone call to help his dying father.
However, for how long David Wroblewski invested in writing this novel, I expected a better ending. One can only assume that the last quarter of the book was written quickly; perhaps Mr. Wroblewski was up against a deadline, just ran out of time? Or got bored and hired someone else to finish the book for him? The quality of writing just doesn’t mesh with the rest of the novel.
The truth is, the first thing you generally remember about a book is the last thing you read. If anything should be weak, it should never be the introduction or conclusion of a story. That being said, I would read another novel by David Wroblewski, because I really did enjoy his style of writing. Surely he wouldn’t make that fatal mistake again. Would he?