I think this is not going to be a popular review. Also, it contains a ***spoiler***.
This book is not "Marley and Me." This book is poorly written and the only emotion it provoked in me was disgust at the author's self-centered attitude. His central theme is how the long final illness and death of the dog affected him, and he includes as evidence long quotes of emails and IMs from his friends, with considerable name-dropping and what seemed to be the promotion of his blog and radio program.
The writing is pedestrian. Short sentences. Paragraphs full of short, choppy sentences describing scenery or the furnishings of his house. The author never tells us what Sprite was like, what made this dog unique, only what his own reactions were to Sprite's horrific illness and finally, thank heaven and St. Francis for mercy, death.
If you think you must read this book, consider checking it out of the library.
i absolutely loved this book. for those of you who have and love dogs, you will understand and know what it means when you lose them. it is very well written and yes, i cried when i read it. (which means it was a good book) this book will touch your heart and soul.
Maybe, for some, the writing style isn't up to Mark's usual excellence, but the book came across to me as an emotional outlet for the grief he felt over his beloved pet's decline and subsequent death. His memories of the acquisition of this dog, and of the new dog are precious. The struggles of properly caring for a dog despite the schedules in a busy household was delightful. And most of all, Mark nails it on the head when he describes the anguish you feel and the steps you must take when you make the difficult decision to end the suffering in the life of an animal that you dearly love.
Sorry I don't get what all the hype about this book is. I kept waiting for it it to start and it never really did. The author seemed more intent to drop names in his book and describe his declining personal health then talk about Rescuing Sprite.
Belinda R. reviewed Rescuing Sprite: A Dog Lover's Story of Joy and Anguish on
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This is a very boring book. Very basic details of this dog's life and the author's anguish over his death, which is understandable, but at some point you have to pull up your bootstraps and get on with life. The author dwells too much on his depression while the rest of his family has gotten on with living.
This book will make you laugh and cry. Anyone who has ever loved a dog will enjoy this book. Anyone grieving the death of a dog will want to read this book. And if you have dogs now, this book will help you to treasure them even more.
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This must have been a very difficult book for Mr. Levin to write. It was not his normal writing style and obvious that the words came straight from his heart. We recently lost one of our own dogs from a sudden and untimely illness and found Mr. Levin's experiences in Sprite's last days to be very close to our own as we were losing her. It was heartwrenching to read, but I'm grateful he was able to share his story. Hopefully this story will inspire others to give good homes to rescue dogs.
If you are a dog lover--you will love this book! As most dog stories go, it is very emotional, even heart-breaking. The story also has so much love and joy in it. It touched me deeply. I would recommend it to everyone who loves dogs.
Well, if you want to cry through an entire book you better decide to do it in 1 day or over the course of 2 days. It was a great book as I had just lost my rescued Pug, Bailey and my yellow Lab, Jake. Both were adopted by us Jake, was 1 when we adopted him as his family couldn't take care of him properly and Bailey was a breeding Pug in the boon docks. Bailey was flea infested, had a urinary tract infection, had to have teeth extracted and her nose clipped and throat attended for better breathing all within a couple of months from adopting her. When my husband showed up to look at Jake he mistakenly left the van door open and as soon as Jake met my husband he ran and jumped into the van. The family was going to give Jake to someone else and my husband convinced them to sell him to us. Both dogs were loved as much as Sprite and Pepsi. Both dogs loved all of the new grandchildren. As each baby came into our lives each dog took care of the babies slept under their cribs, worried about them when they went into the pool, cleaned up under the high chairs and went on many stroller walks with us. Bailey sat underneath the stroller when she got to tired. It took us 3 years to find a new dog Buddy, a Labradoodle. This book was great but a tear jerker all the way through. Mark did a great job of reminiscing. It's nice to know so many people care about animals. Whew it is going to take me a day to recover. I still have both of my dogs in a ginger jar together on our mantle.
I ordered this book for a friend who lost her dog recently. My husband had heard Mark Levin on the radio, and knew many callers said the book really helped them with the grieving. He read the book as well and said it brought tears to his eyes. It is a simple read, but nice. My neighbor reported back that the book is very cathartic, and helped her be able to adopt a pet sooner than she would have been able to.
The story of the Levin family and their interactions with the dogs they've shared their lives with is a sad tail (pun, intended) that most dog lovers can relate to. Mark Levin has a real talent for reliving his experiences and putting them down in words. "Rescuing Sprite" Was a 'hard' read for me - I just couldn't read it at the normal speed with which I devour books. I often found myself choking up and reliving times & events from my own life with the critters who have shared my life with me. In my mind, this is the true gift of this book. I highly recommend "Rescuing Sprite" to all pet owners, although it's probably not the best read for those who have recently lost a beloved pet. Also, beware - you will need to have a tissue or two handy as you read parts of this book. ;-)
Oh, and for those who have certain preconceptions about RP Rush Limbaugh, you will be seriously rethinking them after reading this book. 'Nuf said about that; read the book and find out what I mean by that. :-P
I didn't enjoy this book, and if it hadn't been so short wouldn't even have finished it. The writing was terribly simple and flat. The author also seemed to be very self-centered and concerned only with dropping the names of his famous friends.
If you want a wonderful book about people's relationships with their dogs, read Marley and Me.
Are you an animal lover? Have you had a dog or cat gerold, sick and there is no more the vet can do for them. Sprite was a beautiful smart dog whom the Levin family and their dog Pepsi was attached to. The Levins lived in Virginia and Mark Levin, the dad loved to talk his pets through the countryside and see all of the wild animals.The scenery was breathtaking and he enjoyed walking his dogs. With Sprite he must decide when to let go. He asks does God understand. I believe so and weeps with us.
When our pet died, my children and I were helped beyond belief by reading " Will My pet go to heaven?" by Steve wolcott. This book is based on the Bible and it gave us hope. It is posted on PBS.