The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

byDavid Wroblewski

Kobo ebook | March 19, 2009

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A riveting family saga, The Story of Edgar Sawtelle explores the deep and ancient alliance between humans and dogs, and the power of fate through one boy’s epic journey into the wild.

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 thoughtful companionship is epitomized by Almondine, Edgar's lifelong companion. But with the unexpected return of Claude, Edgar's uncle, turmoil consumes the Sawtelle's once-peaceful home. When Edgar's father dies suddenly, Claude insinuates himself into the life of the farm – and into Edgar's mother’s affections.

Grief-stricken and bewildered, Edgar tries to prove Claude played a role in his father's death, but his plan backfires, spectacularly. Edgar flees into the vast wilderness lying beyond the farm. He comes of age in the wild, fighting for his survival and that of the three yearling dogs who follow him. But his need to face his father’s murderer, and his devotion to the Sawtelle dogs, turn Edgar ever homeward.

Wroblewski is a master storyteller, and his breathtaking scenes – the elemental north woods, the sweep of seasons, an iconic American barn, a ghost made of falling rain – create a family saga that is at once a brilliantly inventive retelling of Hamlet, an exploration of the limits of language, and a compulsively readable modern classic.

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Title:The Story of Edgar SawtelleFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:March 19, 2009Publisher:Doubleday CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0307371891

ISBN - 13:9780307371898

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Close but no cigar I really liked the first, say, 500 pages of this book -- and then the last 100 upended the cart, so to speak. Very disappointed in how the story resolved itself and in the outcome of certain characters. Don't believe the hype on this one.
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Rated 3 out of 5 by from It’s decent, but not worth all of the hype Parts of this book, I loved and other parts, I really disliked. The writing is incredible when it describes Edgar’s relationship with his family’s dogs. So poignant and believable! However, I found the ghost element of the story unbelievable. All and all, it’s an enjoyable read and probably a must for dog-lovers. The book really redeems itself by not analyzing the villain. You get to do that all on your own.
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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Hard to Rate I had heard so many great reviews in print, that I had to read this. It started off slowly, gained momentum *Spoiler* once Edgar runs away, but I hated the ending. It left me thinking "What was the point?" I would recommend this book to dog lovers, definitely, but more of a "borrow" than a "buy".
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Rated 4 out of 5 by from For Those Who Want a Strong Story It appears that The Story of Edgar Sawtelle is subject to mixed reviews here. Those who loved it, I being one of them, were captivated by the characters and the movement of the plot. Those who remained unsatisfied upon finishing this novel seem to feel that nothing happened. I, personally, disagree. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle is essentially the story of Hamlet excet told...with dogs. Though I am not an avid fan of Shakespeare, I did quite enjoy Hamlet, and I felt that this story was a lovely reworking of the tale. Really, to be brief, The Story of Edgar Sawtelle begins slowly - a funeral march kind of slow. It steadily picks up speed as you approach the hundred-page mark, and somewhere - around page two hundred or so - it begins to gallop away at an extraordinary pace.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from no need to love dogs to love this book it was a slow start but could not put it down once I passed the quarter mark
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Rated 1 out of 5 by from A Dogone let down Being a Huge fan of dogs, I could hardly wait to start reading this book after receiving it as a gift. The story line captivates, then lets down, goes no where and the characters lack in depth. I am half way through and am still waiting for something to take hold and make me want to keep reading.. It's a major struggle and I'm not sure if I'll make it to the end of the book. The reviews, Oprah's pick etc... well... more hype than anything!. I will not be passing this book along to my dog lover friends .. off to the charity shop it will go!
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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Struggled Through This One I agree with Suzisunshine. It took everything I had to finish this book. The only reason I read it was because it was an Oprah pick. Learned my lesson there and haven't read one she has recommended since. Don't waste your time on this one. Very convoluted storyline that goes nowhere.
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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Sad undertone What was this about anyways? I found it hard to get through, convoluted with too many details which do not enhance the storyline. Didnt' know where the author was going most of the time. Not sure what the message was in this book but I'm sorry I didn't bail half way through.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exceptional This book is a saga about the Sawtelles and their exceptional dogs. Dogs not of a particular breed but bred for their qualities of obedience, loyalty and intelligence. Edgar was born to Trudy and Gar,as a mute. He learned sign language to communicate but he has grown up with the dogs and little outside contact. His father gives him his own litter to raise and train. When Gar brings his brother, Claude into his home after his release from prison, the family is changed. Gar and Claude start to argue a lot and Edgar doesn't understand why. When Gar dies, Edgar knows he must learn everything that his grandfather and father knew about the dogs. But Claude is insinuating himself more and more into Edgar's and Trudy's lives. When Edgar tries to prove that Claude killed his father everything backfires and Edgar runs away. This is a coming-of-age, a mystery, an animal and family story. The scenes from the wilderness that the author portrays are so very real. By far my favourite part of the book is the narration by Almondine, Edgar's faithful companion dog. These chapters are poignant and beautifully written.
Date published: 2009-11-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from ***Dont Waste Your Time**** You know, I can pretty much guarantee why this book went to become a top seller. It was because of Oprah and her obsession with her dogs. There is one section of the book where (without giving too much away) there is a touching moment between the boy and the dog he grew up with and I believe that ONE moment made the choice for Oprah. And of course there is no stopping the Oprah steam roller after that. Every adult in the book is either misguided to the point of stupidity or pure evil including the parents, uncle, doctor and others characters. No redeeming message to this story. A huge disappointment. The writer writes description very well and has clearly done the research regarding training dogs but so what- he had seven years to do it!. Beyond those two minimal characteristics the book did absolutely nothing for me. NoTHING. Save Your money.
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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Riveting Tale It took me a bit to get interested, however it wasn't long until I had trouble to put it down. I have done nothing for several days but read. Mr. Wroblewski's insight into the raising of dogs is profound. His writing style has you capture the emotions of his characters including the dogs. Highly recommended.
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