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Historia de Edgar Sawtelle, A (Em Portugues do Brasil) (vuoden 2009 painos)

– tekijä: David Wroblewski (Tekijä)

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A tale reminiscent of "Hamlet" that also celebrates the alliance between humans and dogs follows speech-disabled Wisconsin youth Edgar, who bonds with three yearling canines and struggles to prove that his sinister uncle is responsible for his father's death.
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Teoksen nimi:Historia de Edgar Sawtelle, A (Em Portugues do Brasil)
Kirjailijat:David Wroblewski (Tekijä)
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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 386) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
This was according to book cover one of Oprah's Book Club's 2008 selection. I bought it at a used book sale many years ago and had it on my "to read" pile until I finally decided it was time. I thought it started alittle slow, but drew me in due to the storyline of dog training, not that I am that interested, only that I have known and do know of several support dogs and was interested if this is how it somewhat started. The story is basically about "Edgar" born mute. He lived with his parents on the farm and worked on training a special selected breed of dog (fictional per book cover), that were trained by specific methods that started back from Edgar's great grandfather. Edgar's life revolved around the training of the dogs who Edgar communicated with by hand signs. All in the world was seemingly going great until his father's brother entered the scene. Eventually, the brother's rivalry or whatever brothers' issues escalated and the heart of the story begins. Edgar and his dogs begin a journey to unveil the truth behind his father's untimely death. I was cheering Edgar on not knowing how he was going to achieve his quest and still somewhat stunned on the finality. The final scene actually helped soothe the heartache of accepting the outcome of Edgar's quest for truth. ( )
  booklovers2 | Jan 17, 2021 |
Such an unusual book. It took me a while to understand that part of its specialness was in the unusual way it gave voice to those without it. And the ability to take the perspective of dogs with great respect, but without coddling or cuteness. It got better and better, and I definitely recommend it. ( )
  bederson | Dec 17, 2020 |
An impressive re-working of the tragedy of Hamlet, told through the eyes of a family of dog breeders. So much beautiful detail and description. This book may help you see your dog in a whole new light, as well as the Bard's time-honored play. ( )
  stephkaye | Dec 14, 2020 |
This book was slow moving and profound. I had never picked it up because the story is at heart about a mute boy living in a rural area who's family breeds, trains and sells dogs. Not really something that would interest me, but I was wrong. ( )
  LoisSusan | Dec 10, 2020 |
I had no idea what this would be about when I got it. I thought it would be about a photographer in the 1800s who specialized in photographs of Native Americans. I don't know why I thought the name was Sawtelle- I think the name I really meant was Curtis. In any case, I thought this would be an account of this photographer, nonfiction.

Not so. It is a lengthy first novel, finely crafted, about a boy and his family in northern Wisconsin. I may have missed references to the time frame. My guess is it takes place in the 1950s or 1960s, maybe 1970s.

Edgar Sawtelle was born without a voice. He could hear but could not speak. Doctors could not determine the cause or a solution, so he learned sign language. Over time, he modified sign language to include his own idiosyncratic signs, which his mother and father, Trudy and Gar, learned easily. The family business is the breeding of dogs - a special breed - "Sawtelle dogs". When Edgar's grandfather began breeding, he did not care about pedigree. Instead, when he saw a dog with characteristics that he found special, he would acquire the dog to breed with his stock. He did this over the years, hoping to impart special qualities to his dogs.

Another aspect that set the dogs apart from traditional breeders is that the Sawtelles realized that too many dogs are "ruined" by incapable owners in their first year. So they did an unusual thing: they did not sell puppies. Instead, they sold fully trained young dogs, trained to their exacting specifications.

Edgar loves the dogs and loves working with him. One special dog, Almondine, was there when Edgar was born and became almost his other half. They did everything together.

The small family is doing reasonably well when Gar's brother Claude shows up out of the blue. He had been in prison and Gar lets him stay for a while. The two have conflicts, however, and in time Claude is invited to leave. He moves into the small town nearby and does odd jobs.

Then Edgar and Trudy's lives are turned upside down. Edgar is there when his father has some kind of seizure and falls to the floor. Edgar is unable to use the telephone, although he tries. He even damages it in the process of trying to make himself heard. Gar dies before anyone can get to him.

Trudy and Edgar are then in a precarious position. It is difficult to manage the home and business between the two of them, and harder still when Trudy becomes very ill and has to stay in bed. During this time Claude offers some help, and gradually works his way into the family. Edgar, however, never accepts him. In fact, after a time he has a memory of seeing something that makes him wonder about Claude. It is here when the story takes on more than a hint of Hamlet. Complete with ghosts.

When there is another accident and the vet dies in their barn, Edgar takes off with three of the dogs. He manages to make his way through the northwoods without being spotted, existing on very little at first but eventually finding a way to feed both himself and the dogs. It is then that the small group has an emergency that results in their meeting Henry, a lone man who lives in a remote cabin, and a tentative friendship develops.

And finally, a dramatic finish worthy of Hamlet, very suspenseful in the last pages.

The story caught my attention but I never fully embraced Edgar. I know that part of my difficulty is with the breeding. I am very opposed to the breeding of dogs. Any breeder has to destroy animals that do not come out right. There are many missteps in deliberate genetic manipulations. It's not simple science. I am also disturbed by the belief that purebred dogs are superior to "mutts". I have never known this to be true in real life. But that's, of course, for another dissertation. The point here is that this large aspect of the story disturbed me. It was hard for me to ignore it, to separate my personal ethics from the story.

The training was another aspect that at times made me suspicious. The author consulted training books ad infinitem and I am sure that much of what he writes is what many trainers do. I just did not like all that I read. But I feel that this is an area of evolving practice, and here in 2012 I learn about types of training that probably did not exist at the time of this novel. What is clear is that the dogs matter to the family, that they are special, that they are loved.

I was enough attached to Edgar to want better for him, to want his suspicions to be verified to others. I wanted more than a tragic ending, frankly, after getting to know him and his dogs for so many pages.
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  slojudy | Sep 8, 2020 |
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The Story of Edgar Sawtelle is a dutiful procession through the main events of [Hamlet]. The Mousetrap scene, in which Edgar trains his dogs to act out his father’s murder in front of Claude, is marvelous—Wroblewski loves writing about dogs and he’s great at it—but the other pages are still covered by translucent drafter’s blueprints. Here’s Polonius, the meddler, here’s Laertes, the avenging son, and so on. (The Laertes figure isn’t introduced until page 489 and he’s as puzzled as the rest of us about why he’s supposed to kill a fourteen-year-old boy.) Wroblewski is only at pains to apply himself when there’s a chance his characters might become complicated and unsympathetic.
 
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, all 566 pages, is surprising and rewarding. It's worth savoring, both its story and its storytelling.
 
High literary art from a talent that bears watching.
lisäsi Katya0133 | muokkaaBooklist, Ian Chipman (Jun 1, 2008)
 
This is the best book I've read in a long time.
lisäsi Katya0133 | muokkaaPublishers Weekly (May 19, 2008)
 
[A] spellbinding first novel . . .
lisäsi Katya0133 | muokkaaKirkus Reviews (Apr 15, 2008)
 

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He thought of his father standing in the barn doorway peering skyward as a thunderstorm approached, while his mother shouted, ‘Gar, get indoors, for God’s sake.’ That was how it was, sometimes. You put yourself in front of the thing and waited for whatever was going to happen and that was all. It scared you and it didn’t matter. You stood and faced it. There was no outwitting anything. … It was not a morbid thought, just the world as it existed. Sometimes you looked the thing in the eye and it turned away. Sometimes it didn’t.
He’d left in confusion, but his return was clarifying. So much of what had been obscure while he faced away was now evident. … So much of the world was governed by chance. … Life was a swarm of accidents waiting in the treetops, descending upon any living thing that passed, ready to eat them alive. You swam in a river of chance and coincidence. You clung to the happiest accidents—the rest you let float by. … Some things were certain—they had already happened—but the future would not be divined. … The future was no ally. A person had only his life to barter with.
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A tale reminiscent of "Hamlet" that also celebrates the alliance between humans and dogs follows speech-disabled Wisconsin youth Edgar, who bonds with three yearling canines and struggles to prove that his sinister uncle is responsible for his father's death.

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