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Subject: Edgar Sawtelle-possible spoiler
Date Posted: 1/30/2011 9:40 AM ET
Member Since: 1/8/2009
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I am interested in what others thought of this book.  I read the whole thing & then was disappointed at the ending when all the main characters end up dead.  I know this book is probably an english teacher's dream with all the symbolism (mute boy, dogs unable to speak, blind man at the end...etc...) But somehow I just feel like I must have missed something.  I am fairly intelligent & we read this for our upcoming book club meeting.  I am actually thinking of the members who will probably just give up...I never do...and not even finish it.  Anxious for that discussion, but also interested in hearing what members here may have thought of this book.

Thanks for your replies.

Date Posted: 1/30/2011 2:13 PM ET
Member Since: 11/18/2009
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I know it's all based on Hamlet, but I just never got into this book. There was a woman in my book club, however, who was able to tie in way too many items with the Shakespeare original.

                                                                              Rose

Subject: Edgar Sawtelle
Date Posted: 2/3/2011 1:37 PM ET
Member Since: 11/14/2010
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I put this book on my list of best books I've ever read.  I just read for the story, which I found spellbinding.  I thought the use of language in the book was beautiful.  I would stop periodically to marvel at a particular "turn of phrase."  The characters of the dogs were like people I wish I knew.  I admit it was sad & I hated the ending, but there were also uplifting parts.  After I read the book, I started thinking about the symbolism.  I'll agree it was there, but I think it could have evoked different things for different readers.  There is a great website with an article titled, "Why Edgar Sawtelle May Be the Most Hated and Loved Book of the Year." Here is the link: 

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/990680/why_edgar_sawtelle_may_be_the_most.html 

Of all the articles about, I thought the one in the following link was one of the best:

http://www.newwest.net/topic/article/an_interview_with_david_wroblewski/C39/L39/ 

Date Posted: 2/5/2011 10:51 AM ET
Member Since: 10/6/2007
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I endured it.  'Nuff said.

Mary in KY

Date Posted: 2/25/2011 10:44 AM ET
Member Since: 5/22/2008
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Five hundred and some odd pages of my life I'll never get back!  I did not like it at all!  I even put it aside at one point, read a different book, and grudgingly came back to finish it.  Apparently, I totally missed the boat on this one!

Date Posted: 8/20/2011 11:55 PM ET
Member Since: 5/22/2008
Posts: 162
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Date Posted: 8/20/2011 11:55 PM ET
Member Since: 5/22/2008
Posts: 162
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Date Posted: 8/20/2011 11:55 PM ET
Member Since: 5/22/2008
Posts: 162
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