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The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
 
 
Author
David Wroblewski.
Publisher Ecco  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.5 x 1.75 inches
ISBN 9780061768064
Pages/Publication Date 566/2008
Daedalus Item Code 23957
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(2008 Oprah's Book Club Selection) At once literary and entertaining, fantastic and tangibly real, David Wroblewski's beautifully written debut novel impressed seasoned authors and staid reviewers. "This remarkable hybrid seems like an impossibility: an American Hamlet, both ghost story and melodrama, a coming-of-age tale, a hymn to the land—and, central to it all, some of the best writing about the inner lives of dogs anywhere," assays poet Mark Doty, author of the memoir Dog Years. "The Story of Edgar Sawtelle is a woolly, unlikely, daring book, and wildly satisfying." Born mute, speaking only in sign, Edgar Sawtelle leads an idyllic life with his parents on their farm, raising and training an amazing breed of dog that the Sawtelles have bred for generations, and with whom Edgar communicates on an intuitive level. But the return of family scoundrel Uncle Claude leads to the death of Edgar's father, and eventually to Edgar's self-exile to the wild with three pups.

"I flat-out loved The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, and spent twelve happy evenings immersed in the world David Wroblewski has created. As I neared the end, I kept finding excuses to put the book aside for a little, not because I didn't like it, but because I liked it too much; I didn't want it to end.... I closed the book with that regret readers feel only after experiencing the best stories: It's over, you think, and I won't read another one this good for a long, long time. In truth, there's never been a book quite like The Story of Edgar Sawtelle. I thought of Hamlet when I was reading it, and Watership Down, and The Night of the Hunter, and The Life of Pi—but halfway through, I put all comparisons aside and let it just be itself.... Wonderful, mysterious, long and satisfying: readers who pick up this novel are going to enter a richer world. I envy them the trip. I don't re-read many books, because life is too short. I will be re-reading this one."—Stephen King

 
 
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