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Old 09-08-2008, 01:46 PM
 
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The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, by David Wroblewski

Just finished this page-turner. Wow.
It is a retelling of Hamlet, set in rural Wisconsin. It is not spoiling the story to say that there is jealousy, sorrow, and redemption.
In terms of breadth, description, and feeling, the book is Dickensian.
But the pace is never stodgy.
The guy can write.
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Old 09-19-2008, 07:38 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, by David Wroblewski

Just finished this page-turner. Wow.
It is a retelling of Hamlet, set in rural Wisconsin. It is not spoiling the story to say that there is jealousy, sorrow, and redemption.
In terms of breadth, description, and feeling, the book is Dickensian.
But the pace is never stodgy.
The guy can write.

apparently, Oprah agrees with you

Winfrey gives the nod to David Wroblewski's novel - MSN TV News
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Old 09-20-2008, 08:08 PM
 
Location: Kirkwood, DE and beautiful SXM!
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I have never really liked any of Oprah's choices and have stopped reading her recommendations. This might be one to read.
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Old 09-21-2008, 08:18 AM
 
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I stopped reading Oprah's choices years ago. Too much of the same story, told over and over... woman struggles, woman overcomes. Rinse, repeat.

So I was very surprised when I saw that she'd chosen Edgar Sawtelle. I finished it about a month ago, and absolutely loved it. I recommended it to several people, and my copy is out there, being passed from frind to friend. Now I worry that I might not get it back! I seldom re-read books. There are just too many I want to read, and limited time to do as much reading as I'd like. However, I can see myself re-reading this one. It's just that good.

And yes, Wroblewski CAN write. Like a house on fire. He captures you, reels you in and never lets go.
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Old 09-21-2008, 08:10 PM
 
Location: Hoover, Alabama
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The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, by David Wroblewski

Just finished this page-turner. Wow.
It is a retelling of Hamlet, set in rural Wisconsin. It is not spoiling the story to say that there is jealousy, sorrow, and redemption.
In terms of breadth, description, and feeling, the book is Dickensian.
But the pace is never stodgy.
The guy can write.
I probably would not have taken note of Oprah's recommendation for this book had BlueWillowPlate not told us about it first. I will definitely put this one on my reading list.

BlueWillow, you beat Oprah on this one!
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Old 09-22-2008, 04:06 AM
 
Location: in the southwest
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I probably would not have taken note of Oprah's recommendation for this book had BlueWillowPlate not told us about it first. I will definitely put this one on my reading list.

BlueWillow, you beat Oprah on this one!
Hah! That's me, always cutting edge.
I never really thought that I had "Oprah" type taste, but maybe she is trying to shake things up a bit with her choices.
One thing is for sure: this is not a novel with a woman protagonist, let alone the story of a woman overcoming some sort of struggle or conflict.
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Old 09-22-2008, 06:36 AM
 
Location: Maine
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Is this book sad? Sad relating to dogs? I want to read this, but at this point in my life, I don't want to read anything sad involving dogs...Should I read this?
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Old 09-22-2008, 07:07 AM
 
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Is this book sad? Sad relating to dogs? I want to read this, but at this point in my life, I don't want to read anything sad involving dogs...Should I read this?
I am not going to tell you what you should or should not read.
However, it is a retelling of Hamlet.
And yes, there are lots of dogs in it.
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Old 10-09-2008, 12:05 PM
 
Location: In the North Idaho woods, still surrounded by terriers
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This is unike other Oprah choices. I have only started it and so far it is an amazing book! It involves a mute boy and a dog and...well...the rest is to be read!
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Old 10-09-2008, 01:56 PM
 
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I just finished this today. I loved the book, did not like the ending.
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