Saturday, May 2, 2009

Review: The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski

Title: The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
Author: David Wroblewski

Pages: 576 pages
Publisher: Ecco; 1ST edition (September 19, 2008)
ISBN-10: 0061768065

Edgar Sawtelle is the much desired child of Gar and Trudy Sawtelle. The Sawtelle family was known in Wisconsin for their breeding and training of dogs. When their son, Edgar was born without the ability to speak, they turn to their well trained dog, Almondine to help keep an eye on Edgar as he grows up.

All is going well in the family until Claude, Edgar’s uncle returns to the family home. Gar, Edgar’s father, unexpectedly dies and Edgar and his mother, Trudy attempt to continue with their lives and running the kennel. Edgar is devastated by his father’s death and attempts to prove Claude’s role in his father’s death.

My Review

To be honest my initial thought when this book was selected by my book group was there is no way that I could make it through this book . It is a good sized book and was described by the recommender as being a great book for dog lovers. I started this book while out of town for a conference and stayed up way too late reading. I found The Story of Edgar Sawtelle to be a compelling read that surprisingly gripped my attention quickly. I truly cared about some of the characters and couldn’t wait to get back to them once I closed the book. Some of the Sawtelle dogs are also well developed as characters themselves. The characters are well developed, which assists in connecting the reader to the characters emotionally.

So don’t be intimidated by the size of this book, your time will be spent enjoyably. I would rate this book a 4.5/5 – recommended read!

This book will be posted as a giveaway in the very near future. I am thinking through some unique details to add to my book giveaways! Be sure to check back for you chance to win this book.

Happy Reading!
Jen C

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