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The Story of Edgar SawtelleBorn mute speaking only of Edgar MOBI #244 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 The Story MOBI #233 of dog whose thoughtful companionship is epitomized by Almondine Edgar's lifelong friend and ally But with the unexpected return of Claude Edgar's paternal uncle turmoil consumes the Sawtelles' once. This is an extraordinary novel Hamlet in the North Woods of Wisconsin Wroblewski was very fond of the stories of Shakespeare as a kid if not necessarily the actual text and it is clear that he carried with him the knowledge of tragedy Edgar opens with a mysterious transaction in the Orient in which a man seeks out a purveyor of a particularly effective poison That will feature large later in the story Edgar Hamlet is a boy born without the power of speech to a family father Gar and mother Trudy engaged in the business of raising very special dogs so called Sawtelle dogs The author made up the breed Edgar is accompanied by his faithful companion Almondine born only a short while prior to the boy She is a wonderful character and I wish there was of her in this book She is Ophelia Edgar is a hard worker who manages to become uite adept at his dog training It is his life There is a mystical seer in the village Ida Paine who can be counted on to say some sooths She is so spooky she is almost comedic but her purpose is other Finally the household is joined by Claude Claudius Gar’s brother He very much reminded me of Iago and even a bit of Richard the Third as well as of his Hamlet inspiration Claude and Gar never got on well and we can expect of the same even though they are teamed for a time at least in working the dog business The authorThis is one of the most moving books I have ever read Edgar is an immediately sympathetic character beset by malevolent forces and unable to make himself heard While one can see early on that the Shakespearean DNA will lead to a dark place the journey there is magical Do not be put off by the impending troubles There are triumphs as well as defeats in store Wroblewski was also very fond of Kipling’s Jungle Book as a kid and Edgar takes on the role of Mowgli as well as that of Hamlet There is immense charm to accompany the danger when EdgarMowgli is afoot in the woodjungle with his personal pack It is shocking that this is Wroblewski’s first novel It sings with the language of a master Read it aloud and hear for yourself You will come to love Edgar ache for Almondine weep for some smile at the kindness of a few rage at others This is not just another book but an emotional engagement that brings with it the satisfaction of literary content and beauty of language If you have not had the opportunity to travel with Edgar seek him out and howl with joy and sorrow This is a great great bookEXTRA STUFFLinks to the author’s personal website His Twitter account does not appear to have been touched in a couple of years and I found no FB page by him In his site you might enjoy the tangents page for a diversity of interesting information and links PS Wroblewski will be returning to the North Woods in his next book telling the story of Edgar's ancestors Edgar took him ten years to write I don't think the preuel will take uite so long as he will hopefully have made enough money from Edgar to allow him to spend full time writing I can't waitPPS I happened across a very nice interview  with Wroblewski on Bookbrowsecom And several years later I stumbled upon this interview with OprahOne final interview on Vulturecom

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Rling dogs who follow him But his need to face his father's murderer and his devotion to the Sawtelle dogs turn Edgar ever homeward David Wroblewski is a master storyteller and his breathtaking scenes the elemental north woods the sweep of seasons an iconic American barn a fateful vision rendered in the falling rain create a riveting family saga a brilliant exploration of the limits of language and a compulsively readable modern class. I had such high hopes for this book Just read these descriptive passages“This will be his earliest memoryRed light morning light High ceiling canted overhead Lazy click of toenails on wood Between the honey colored slats of the crib a whiskery muzzle slides forward until its cheeks pull back and a row of dainty front teeth bare themselves in a ridiculous grin The nose uivers The velvet snout dimplesFine dark muzzle fur Black nose leather of lacework creases comma of nostrils flexing with each breath As slowly as he can he exhales feigning sleep but despite himself his breath hitches At once the muzzle knows he is awake It snorts Angles right and left Withdraws Outside the crib Almondine’s foreuarters appear Her head is reared back her ears cocked forwardA cherry brindled eye peers back at himHe pitches to his side rubs his hand across the blanket blows a breath in her face Her ears flick back She stomps a foot He blows again and she withdraws and bows and woofs low in her chest uiet and deepHearing it he forgets and presses his face against the rails to see her all of her take her inside him with his eyes and before he can move she smears her tongue across his nose and forehead”I mean “comma of nostrils” Such a perfect dog nose description I expected this stuff through the whole bookThe book opens with a mysterious prologue and even mysterious description of the farm and particularly the barn Then an even MORE mysterious kind of wolf puppy is discovered that somehow predicts something then dies The novel lays out a nice plot – family raises dogs – has created their own breed – not because of the way it looks – but the way it behaves They won’t sell to anyone one until it is an adult and is properly trained Gar and Trudy try to have children Trudy has several miscarriages and finally after the mysterious wolf cub is found and dies they have a boy who is not deaf but is completely mute He has this marvelous relationship with the dogs and a particularly close relationship with the above described Almondine There is a tiny hint of magic as the plot progresses – just enough to make you warm and cautious at the same time But somewhere between when the watery image of his dead dad appears and Page the vet falls down the steps and dies and Edgar and 3 of his dogs run away the book just falls apart for me And during the rest of the read I hoped that the next page would pull away from the tedium that had set in and get back to business and answer some of the mysterious uestions that the author had set floating around in his misty prose But it did not happen I either did not get it or “it” was not delivered I struggled through the last half wishing I had followed Mike’s lead and stopped after the first 100 pages How sad

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Characters ¸ The Story of Edgar Sawtelle ☆ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ç [Read] ➳ The Story of Edgar Sawtelle By David Wroblewski – Born mute speaking only in sign Edgar Sawtelle leads an idyllic life with his parents on their farm in remote northern Wisconsin For genePeaceful home When Edgar's father Story of Edgar Epub #222 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 Forced to flee into the vast wilderness lying beyond the farm Edgar comes of age in the wild fighting for his survival and that of the three yea. I guess I have to be the spoilsport here I did not like this bookLet me just say straight out that anthropomorphism does not sit well with me I almost jumped ship on page 30 where the story hopped over to the POV of Almondine the dog and had her thinking and reasoning like a human being I love dogs I’ve had uite a few in my lifetime I speak dog well we relate to each other well But I think they lose their own innate dignity when people try to turn them into people A dog is a lovely thing It is not an inferior human being It is not superior human being It is a dog And that is enoughHowever I soldiered on To its credit the book is smoothly written Serviceable prose even if one only very occasionally encounters the kind of writing that lifts the heart Most of the writer’s attempts to wax poetic were so over the top that they created a fog of obscurity that spread over the entire novel Fuzzy writingfuzzy thinkingTo hang an inferior book on the bones of Hamlet does not make it a better book The Hamlet connection is unnecessary and interferes with our ability to see the book for itselfand unfortunately invites a comparison in which the imitator necessarily comes off far on the short sideI found the ending particularly irritating Not the tragedy but the idea that the hope for the future lies in the dogs Hope of the world in dogs That thought wouldn’t have crossed my mind but for the overdone hype of the entire book concerning the characteristics of dogs Nevertheless it did cross my mind and it diminishes the book by its pat striving for a happy endingThe part of the book that worked best for me was when Edgar and the dogs were staying with Henry an endearing man and the most believable and sympathetic character in the book This was one of the few parts where for the most part I didn’t feel as if I were having to crank my suspension of disbelief ostentatiously into placeAs for the ghosts Don’t even get me started Suffice it to say that the book could have been written to work without them But then the author would have had to drop the Hamlet crutch wouldn’t he