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The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

A Novel

by David Wroblewski

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski
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    Jun 2008, 576 pages
    Paperback:
    Oct 2009, 480 pages

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Novel. The story envelopes you so completely and so gently that you can almost hear the brush of Edgar's sleeves as he signs to his parents

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle is a long, eventful, and whisper-quiet book. The story envelopes you so completely and so gently that you can almost hear the brush of Edgar's sleeves as he signs to his parents.

David Wroblewski hit on a brilliant narrative device when he decided to rob his main character of his voice. Edgar can hear and understand but not speak—just like his dogs. Bringing Edgar down to the level of his dogs shows just how elevated they are as a species. The book gathers speed by building scene upon scene of subtly amazing communication between boy and dog. In one instance, Edgar and Almondine conspire to be secretive. Edgar painstakingly discerns where to step on each floorboard of the creaky staircase in the old farmhouse so that he can descend without making a sound, and he teaches her the path, picking up and placing her paws on each quiet ...

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