Katherine East, July 14, 2012 (view all comments by Katherine East)
A wonderful tale of a family and their dogs. The thing I love about this book is the detailed way in which the author describes every detail. You can taste, hear, smell and touch the dogs, the forest, the farm - everything in the book. The story is enchanting and heartbreaking. I am a dog lover, and enjoyed the details about the dog's relationship with Edgar and his family. The reader will be cheering for Edgar to succeed, and yet as we all know, life does not always have happy endings, even in fiction.
AURORA PRIBRAM-JONES, January 3, 2012 (view all comments by AURORA PRIBRAM-JONES)
I picked this up out of our stacks of to-be-read Indie-spensible titles, thinking I would take it in small sips. I gulped this sucker down, though, caught up in the intricacies of communication and relationship inside. Verbal and non-verbal communication tangled with human and non-human character, and I was swept up, genuinely swept up in the tale of the family, which hasn't happened to me in quite some time. It was a jewel, the best book I read this year, and a great example of why we belong to Indie-spensible. Great fiction, wonderful sketches of personality and mind, and an extra treat for a girl raised by dogs and living in a people world as a grown up.
Lynn in Pasadena, January 3, 2012 (view all comments by Lynn in Pasadena)
This book explored the amazing range of relationships - relationships among family and strangers but especially relationships with the canines that inhabit what we consider our world. It was quite a journey.
The perfect book to curl up with on a blustery afternoon, The Story of Edgar Sawtelle is a not-so-simple tale of a Wisconsin boy and his dogs. An eloquent exploration of both inner and outer landscapes, this novel will wind about your psyche and will haunt you long after the last page.
by Mary Jo
by Richard Russo, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Empire Falls,
"I doubt we'll see a finer literary debut this year than The Story of Edgar Sawtelle. David Wroblewski's got storytelling talent to burn and a big, generous heart to go with it."
by Stephen King,
"I flat-out loved The Story of Edgar Sawtelle.... Wonderful, mysterious, long and satisfying.... I don't re-read many books, because life is too short. I will be re-reading this one."
by Kirkus Reviews (starred review),
"A stately, wonderfully written debut novel... [Wroblewski] takes an intense interest in his characters; takes pains to invest emotion and rough understanding in them; and sets them in motion with graceful language... a boon for dog lovers, and for fans of storytelling that eschews flash. Highly recommended."
by Library Journal (starred review),
"An excruciatingly captivating read... Ultimately liberating, though tragic and heart-wrenching, this book is unforgettable."
by Dalia Sofer, bestselling author of The Septembers of Shiraz,
"Edgar Sawtelle is a boy without a voice, but his world, populated by the dogs his family breeds, is anything but silent. This is a remarkable story about the language of friendship — a language that transcends words."
by Entertainment Weekly,
"A good old-fashioned coming-of-age yarn. Grade: A"
This riveting saga of an American family captures the deep and ancient alliance between humans and dogs, and the power of fate through one boy's epic journey into the wild.
An epic love story set in post-war New York by the bestselling author of Winter's Tale.
Can love and honor conquer all?
Mark Helprins enchanting and sweeping novel springs from this deceptively simple question, and from the sight of a beautiful young woman, dressed in white, on the Staten Island Ferry, at the beginning of summer, 1946.
Postwar New York glows with energy. Harry Copeland, an elite paratrooper who fought behind enemy lines in Europe, has returned home to run the family business. Yet his life is upended by a single encounter with the young singer and heiress Catherine Thomas Hale, as they each fall for the other in an instant.
Harry and Catherine pursue one another in a romance played out in Broadway theaters, Long Island mansions, the offices of financiers, and the haunts of gangsters. Catherines choice of Harry over her longtime fiancé endangers Harrys livelihood and eventually threatens his life. In the end, it is Harrys extraordinary wartime experience that gives him the character and means to fight for Catherine, and risk everything.
Not since Winters Tale has Mark Helprin written such a magically inspiring saga. Entrancing in its lyricism, In Sunlight and in Shadow so powerfully draws you into New York at the dawn of the modern age that, as in a vivid dream, you will not want to leave.
In the summer of 1946, New York City pulses with energy. Harry Copeland, a World War II veteran, has returned home to run the family business. Yet his life is upended by a single encounter with the young singer and heiress Catherine Thomas Hale, as each falls for the other in an instant. They pursue one another in a romance played out in Broadway theaters, Long Island mansions, the offices of financiers, and the haunts of gangsters. Catherine’s choice of Harry over her longtime fiancé endangers Harry’s livelihood and threatens his life. In the end, Harry must summon the strength of his wartime experience to fight for Catherine, and risk everything.
“In its storytelling heft, its moral rectitude, the solemn magnificence of its writing and the splendor of its hymns to New York City, [In Sunlight and in Shadow] is a spiritual pendant to Winter’s Tale and every bit as extraordinary . . . Even the most stubbornly resistant readers will soon be disarmed by the nobility of the novel’s sentiments and seduced by the pure music of its prose.” — Wall Street Journal
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