MOTIVATION for READING: On so many best-of lists, was in-the-house when a category for What’s In A Name 3 Challenge came up, and … oh yea – it’s about DOGS. I think I found it on bookmooch.com and it will likely return there if anyone is interested (just request if you want it?).
There are only good things to say about this book and unfortunately, I only found it “OK”. I am too cynical, these days… I want messy. I want beautiful prose. Not that this book doesn’t have misfortune and other crappy things happen, but the kid is TOO GOOD. The family TOO PERFECT. The bad guys are just misunderstood. Life is hard but love always overcomes. I just never had my heart really warm up to anyone – except maybe Grandpa. And yes, I do say in the wrap up here that the tale is HEART-WARMING.
This is a plot-driven, action-described, dialogue-pushed, very nice story of the love of a boy for his coon-hunting* miracle dogs.
Allow me to finally recognize that I do love vague thinking novels that have amazing prose. (Like The Sea by John Banville which I’ve just started and am loving even though I’m very confused what is going on and have had to re-read the first 15 pages already. Or I need a Virginia Woolf fix!)
RATING: Please know that despite what may look like a low score of TWO PIE SLICES, I do recommend this one for a heart-warming adventure-packed, dog-filled, love-infused story from the Ozarks in a simpler time. I am glad I read this. I suppose I should boost it up to THREE STARS but that just brings up that whole rating conundrum and so I stick with what feels right for ME. I rate for ME. 🙂
* Perhaps I’ve known too many coon-dogs; they make a ton of annoying noise. I was quite bored with all the coon-hunting in this book.