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Autumnseer, September 13, 2011 (view all comments by Autumnseer)
Good books draw you in and beckon when you are gone. The moment you set eyes upon the page you have stepped into that world and are surrounded in every way to that place, those people, and in this case those Sawtelle dogs. Mind you, this was not an easy book for me to read. The second half was difficult, and the ending isn't tidy as I almost hoped for, but the writing, the characters, this story makes you endure it in a satisfying way. A fine debut and the kind of book that when I look back upon the title, or see the cover (which aptly portrays it) I will immediately be next to Edgar, his dogs, that farm, that place, in that story.
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Anna R, April 30, 2010 (view all comments by Anna R)
This book was the best book I've read in years. This is David Wroblewski's first book and the detail, depth of characterization of the people he creates, along with the emotional ups and downs of the story line, which never goes where you think it's going, leaves you breathless. Being a part of the story, as though it were my own story is a talent that can't go unnoticed and I look forward to a second book from Mr. Wroblewski.
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Anna R, April 30, 2010 (view all comments by Anna R)
This book was the best book I've read in years. This is David Wroblewski's first book and the detail, depth of characterization of the people he creates, along with the emotional ups and downs of the story line, which never goes where you think it's going, leaves you breathless. Being a part of the story, as though it were my own story is a talent that can't go unnoticed and I look forward to a second book from Mr. Wroblewski.
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Amanda Grier, January 24, 2010 (view all comments by Amanda Grier)
This is my favorite novel of the last 10 years due to its rich story telling and heartfelt writing of the characters. It is a tender story about many different types of love and the vastness of its depths. Heartwarming!
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Katz, January 20, 2010 (view all comments by Katz)
Even though I am not deaf, I was transported back to a childhood filled with frustration at not being acknowledged. It was amazing how those feelings came rushing back to evoke that feeling of helplessness. I too, turned to a relationship with the animal world which has remained a permanent bond. Any book that can draw you in and make you feel like you are there is a good book in my estimation.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780061374234
Author:
Wroblewski, David
Publisher:
Ecco Press
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Coming of age
Subject:
Family life
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Human-animal relationships
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Series:
P.S.
Publication Date:
September 2009
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
A
Language:
English
Pages:
608
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.81 in 14.85 oz

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Product details 608 pages Ecco - English 9780061374234 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

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.

"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "An excruciatingly captivating read... Ultimately liberating, though tragic and heart-wrenching, this book is unforgettable."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "A good old-fashioned coming-of-age yarn. Grade: A"
"Synopsis" by , 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.
"Synopsis" by ,

The extraordinary debut novel that became a modern classic

Born mute, speaking only in sign, Edgar Sawtelle leads an idyllic life with his parents on their farm in remote northern Wisconsin. For generations, the Sawtelles have raised and trained a fictional breed of dog whose remarkable gift for companionship is epitomized by Almondine, Edgar's lifelong friend and ally. Edgar seems poised to carry on his family's traditions, but when catastrophe strikes, he finds his once-peaceful home engulfed in turmoil.

Forced to flee into the vast wilderness lying beyond the Sawtelle farm, Edgar comes of age in the wild, fighting for his survival and that of the three yearling dogs who accompany him, until the day he is forced to choose between leaving forever or returning home to confront the mysteries he has left unsolved.

Filled with breathtaking scenes—the elemental north woods, the sweep of seasons, an iconic American barn, a fateful vision rendered in the falling rain—The Story of Edgar Sawtelle is a meditation on the limits of language and what lies beyond, a brilliantly inventive retelling of an ancient story, and an epic tale of devotion, betrayal, and courage in the American heartland.

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