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Old 10-09-2008, 09:29 PM
 
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Is it just me or was it hard to get into the story in the beginning? I am on the Three Griefs chapter and it just hasn't grabbed me as I hoped it would. How about you?
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Old 10-10-2008, 05:37 AM
 
Location: in the southwest
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It took a few pages until I was hooked.
But I was indeed hooked. It is dense writing, and a dense story. Not exactly breezy material.
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Old 10-10-2008, 05:41 AM
 
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I just finished this today. I loved the book, did not like the ending.
It *is* a retelling of Hamlet. Not cheery stuff, but I saw redemption.
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Old 10-16-2008, 01:04 PM
 
Location: In the North Idaho woods, still surrounded by terriers
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I finished the book a couple of days ago and it was a very good read, but the ending left me in tears...it was expected, I guess, but it left me with a sadness that I had to actually shake off. Hamlet did not affect me anywhere nearly as much LOL
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Old 08-14-2009, 06:34 PM
 
Location: Phoenix
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Wow, I really enjoyed the book but wish there had been alternate ending. I lost my wolf-dog a few months ago and upon running into an acquaintance on a hike had this book recommended. I was put off by the by Oprah seal but transcended that and bought the book anyway. I was touched by the image of the dog holding Edgars arm in his mouth while he cleans his wound. I always thought it funny when my dog did that to me while I scratched her chest knowing she was communicating to me not to stop until she realeased. I was never much of a trainer we were partners on hike and unequal partners when she was on a hunt for small animals or a romp with coyotes.
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Old 08-14-2009, 06:55 PM
 
Location: Mayberry
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Thanks for the info!! I want to read this!!
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Old 08-27-2009, 06:00 AM
 
Location: So Ca
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Is it just me or was it hard to get into the story in the beginning?
I'm also having a hard time with it....and it came so highly recommended by nearly everyone I know! I'll just have to stick with it.
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Old 10-29-2009, 09:24 AM
 
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I just finished it. What a depressing ending. I couldn't believe it; I thought maybe I had misread something. And I did not see any redemption at all.
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Old 10-30-2009, 04:56 AM
 
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I just finished it. What a depressing ending. I couldn't believe it; I thought maybe I had misread something. And I did not see any redemption at all.
Sorry you did not like it--especially since you put more than 2 months into reading it.
I am also sorry that, unlike me, you saw no redemption.
For readers who prefer tidy and/or upbeat endings, Sawtellle is going to be a challenge. I am no Hamlet scholar but even I know that it is not the cheeriest of stories.
In terms of human nature, connectedness, and communication, Sawtelle does offer a lot of food for thought in some very descriptive prose.
However, I can see how this novel will not be to everyone's taste.
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Old 10-30-2009, 09:26 AM
 
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I just finished it about 2 weeks ago and I couln't put it down,the first 50 pages went alittle slow,but after that it was great.I'm a dog lover and I like stories about people in the wilderness and such.Really sad though.I recommend it.
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