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post #1 of 16
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I heard rave reviews about this book and I saw it at the college library so I checked it out. Anyone care to read this or discuss it with me?
post #2 of 16
I just finished reading this book today. I enjoyed it and was recommending it to people as I went along and then got to the last few chapters and haaaaaated the ending. Completely. As a matter of fact, I took back my recommendation to my sister about reading it. The ending was just really extremely poorly written and didn't explain much. Very disappointing.

Mary
post #3 of 16
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oh no! I am still reading this book and so far I really like it. The story around the dogs is really interesting. Sorry to hear that you didn't like it.
post #4 of 16
Well its a really short thread, but its related, so I thought I'd link it here LOL

(warning: it has major spoilers for those who haven't finished the book yet)

http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=959127
post #5 of 16
I ADORED this book. In fact, DH just read it too. Let's chat about it when you're done! I don't think the ending was bad. I was so sad it was over
post #6 of 16
I guess I put this in my queue a while back, because it was waiting for me at the library yesterday. I'll get back here when I've finished!
post #7 of 16
I just posted in the one for people who've finished reading Edgar Sawtelle... It's in the general forum, should we start a formal book club for the book? I'd like to get a good dialogue going about it, I need to discuss it!!
post #8 of 16
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I just finished reading this book today. I enjoyed it and was recommending it to people as I went along and then got to the last few chapters and haaaaaated the ending. Completely. As a matter of fact, I took back my recommendation to my sister about reading it. The ending was just really extremely poorly written and didn't explain much. Very disappointing.

Mary
It makes a lot more sense if you realize that it's a spin-off of Shakespeare's Hamlet.
post #9 of 16
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It makes a lot more sense if you realize that it's a spin-off of Shakespeare's Hamlet.
I can't remember the minutiae of Hamlet, but I was most upset over Glen holding down Trudy for so long. This seemed SO out of character for him, and seemed like a cheap way to just get her out of the way. Was there a parallel to this in Hamlet?
post #10 of 16
It was so Hamlet. Right down to the vet's son. Good golly.


My book club made me read it but I won't keep it. I just didn't love it.
post #11 of 16
I didn't love it either. And yeah, the ending sucked. (I didn't realize it was a spin-off of Hamlet though)
post #12 of 16
I totally loved it (which surprised me because I'm usually a little leery of Oprah's Book Club). I got really caught up in the relationship between Edgar and Almondine. I wish more had been explained regarding Claude's animosity toward Gar. I was not explicitly familiar with Hamlet before reading this book, but now I'm curious to read the play to understand the parallels better.
post #13 of 16
I read it before Oprah recommended it. I enjoyed the book, and I did get the Hamlet thing, but I was still disappointed with the ending. All in all, I'm glad I didn't buy the book.
post #14 of 16
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I could not truly get into this book. I had to turn it back into the library but will probably pick it back up soon to try and get through the rest of it. I was not aware that it was based on Hamlet, that makes more sense now though.
post #15 of 16
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Ok so I saw this book at the used bookstore for $7 and bought it so that i could take as long as i wanted to read it. Right now I am on page 153. I am confused as to the role of Claude so far. I get that he is supposed to be the villain but I don't know why he is bad. What made Edgar's father and Claude clash so much?
The vet is also one that I am confused about, but I am sure we see more of him later on.
post #16 of 16
Did you finish? Doesn't it make you want to read Hamlet now?
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