I saw this book come up in my Facebook feed. I ignored it. The book came into my feed again. I ignored it again. The book came into my feed again. This time, I actually looked at the cover. Well, there was a person and a dog on the cover. It said it was an Oprah book club piece. I decided I might as well give it a try…and that’s how The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski came into my listening app.
I listened to the first couple of chapters and I was immediately hooked. Another book came up in my feed that I was on a waitlist and I ignored it. This book was so good.
…and then it wasn’t. The book slowed. The story twisted into something that for me wasn’t believable. Then it slowed some more…then to top it off, the ending really wasn’t a conclusion ending. It was just an ending that left the lives and deaths of the characters at no real starting point or ending point. Admittedly, by the time I got to the last chapter I was just done. I wasn’t really interested in the book anymore. Maybe in that last chapter, I missed something…but I sure don’t think I did.
Normally I am not a big fan of books that have an epilogue. This book needed one.
In the book, there is some boyhood anger between brothers that comes back as when the men are adults but there is no developed true reason why there was the anger to start with.
Here’s what Amazon had to say:
“Born mute, speaking only in sign, Edgar Sawtelle leads an idyllic life on his family’s farm in remote northern Wisconsin, where they raise and train an extraordinary breed of dog. But when tragedy mysteriously strikes, Edgar is forced to flee into the vast neighboring wilderness, accompanied by three yearling dogs. He comes of age in the wild, struggling for survival, until the day Edgar is forced to choose between leaving forever and returning home to learn the truth behind what has happened.
Filled with breathtaking scenes—the elemental north woods, the sweep of seasons, an iconic American barn, a fateful vision rendered in the falling rain—The Story of Edgar Sawtelle is a meditation on the limits of language and what lies beyond, a brilliantly inventive retelling of an ancient story, and an epic tale of devotion, betrayal, and courage in the American heartland.”
Amazon readers gave the book 4.1 stars. Me, I could give it 2 stars. For me, that means the book is not worth your time. I’m wondering if it got the ratings it did because of the “Oprah’s Book Club” stamp.
Has anyone else read this book? I hope you were either smart enough to not finish it or somehow got more out of the book than I did!!
You can find the book HERE if you are interested.