Rated of 5
by SallyAnn Best Book
This book was the best book I read this year, hands down. I was taken hostage in its pages and hated to be torn from them.
Rated of 5
by Anne Loved it to until the end- hated it.
I was reading this book and felt that this was one of the best books I had ever read. Until I got to the end. Then, I hated it! My sister bought me this book for Christmas knowing how much I love my dogs.I have turned off my TV recently and wanted to escape the state of affairs in this country. After, I had finished the book I was horrified. It was very upsetting. I don't know if anyone else feels the same way. The ending was depressing. What happened to Forte? Even if I "missed the point" I wouldn't recommend this book without a warning about it's ending.
Rated of 5
by Barbara EJ Readers sadden me....
Reader reviews posted by this company comprise the 3rd batch I have read concerning this book; reviews from Barnes and Noble and Amazon are similar, though some more positive. I love this book, really loved it, and was disenchanted by people's hangups with the ending. I long to have the author respond to queries about the ending. My point of view, at the age of 77, having been a reader and lover of dogs forever, is that the book is a glimpse of life. The setting, characterizations of family, townsfolk especially the doctor folks who befriended Edgar and the noble dogs was that of life, a depiction of life. Most of the time, life ends; it just ends ~ few of us have resolved issues with everyone who has had a part in our lives. Oh, God, how I wish I could have, with some, but it doesn't happen; people die, often unexpectedly, most often so. I had days and weeks of warning when my father was ill, but was young and didn't want to distress him with searching questions. My mom died totally alone, in a place she didn't want to be on the word of an insensitive doctor. Would I have had it different? Of course, but it wasn't to be. The precious boy in this story searched and suffered as most of us do; he did have a "Hamlet" kind of existence, with devoted parents and a bazaar and evil uncle, but the latter's character and plans are predicted in the "prologue" to the book. I have read the love/hate response by reader/reviewers. I'm on the side of the praise and pleas for more from David Wroblewski.
Rated of 5
by BMack Edgar Sawtelle
As with some of the other reviews here, I just finished this beautifully crafted, wonderful narrative and at the end felt like all the air had been sucked out of the room in the last pages. I was completely entranced by the story and journey of Edgar. It reminded me and engaged me the same way as John Irving's "A Prayer For Owen Meany". But here I am at the end so very very disappointed with the author and the ending. I get the "Hamlet" construct but this story, these characters, including those fully imagined dogs, deserved a far better resolution.
Rated of 5
by Becky Dodd Gifted Writer : Hopeless Ending
Ugh!!!! I have enjoyed this book for many hours. I even got a couple of snow days to just sit and travel with Edgar, the story's main character. While Wroblewski is truly one of the most gifted writers I've ever read, I can't endorse this book because of the HOPELESS ending. This evil antagonist is virtually just left in the end without any closure!!!!! I don't like that. He caused so much grief and then to not answer for any of it, is just unacceptable. Wroblewski, what were you thinking??? With all due respect, everything about this book was great except the ending. I must add that is was the absolute WORST ending to a book I have ever read. I will never trust you again. You can write as many sequels as you want, but I want give you my hours and nights and afternoons, never again.
Rated of 5
by W. Freeman Disappointed to say the least!
In the beginning, I enjoyed this book immensely. I loved how the relationships in the novel were portrayed, not only between Edgar and the dogs but also between his parents, between his dad and uncle, between Dr. Papineau and his family, etc. I was two thirds of the way through this book and I found myself reading non-stop because I wanted to know so badly how it ended. I emailed a friend of mine and told her I was almost done reading this great book and when I was that she most definitely would want to get it from me and read it too. Then came the end. I just sat there thinking what happened? To say I was disappointed would be an understatement. Was the author aspiring for an ending no one would possibly guess? Was he just tired and ready to wrap it up? I ask myself these questions but then think to myself, it surely would have taken less energy and thought to create a happier and more appropriate ending than something so dark and simply poorly thought out. Am I sorry I read the book? Yes! I do feel it was a waste of my time to be so disappointed in the outcome of the story. When I read a good book, I get so involved in the journey and the characters that they stay with me for a long while. This book will only remain with me long enough to create in my own mind my summation of how I feel the story should have ended. Then, I will forget about it and move on. That's a shame.
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