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Rescuing Sprite: A Dog Lover's Story of Joy and Anguish
Rescuing Sprite A Dog Lover's Story of Joy and Anguish
Author: Mark R. Levin
Although Mark Levin is known as a constitutional lawyer and a nationally syndicated broadcaster, he is, first and foremost, a dog lover. In 1998, he and his family welcomed a half-Border Collie/half-Cocker Spaniel they named Pepsi into their lives. Six years later, his wife and son persuaded him to adopt a dog from the local shelter, a Spaniel m...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9781439165430
ISBN-10: 1439165432
Publication Date: 10/13/2009
Pages: 224
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  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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3.7 stars, based on 14 ratings
Publisher: Pocket
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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reviewed Rescuing Sprite: A Dog Lover's Story of Joy and Anguish on + 34 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 10
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.
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Helpful Score: 5
Oh, boy, is this book a tear-jerker! But I am glad to have read it.
reviewed Rescuing Sprite: A Dog Lover's Story of Joy and Anguish on + 33 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
This is definately a must-read for animal lovers. It will pull at your heart strings. It is written very simply, so everyone can understand this man's emotions.

A++
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Helpful Score: 3
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.
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Helpful Score: 3
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.
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reviewed Rescuing Sprite: A Dog Lover's Story of Joy and Anguish on + 3 more book reviews
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.


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