Book Review of Rescuing Sprite: A Dog Lover's Story of Joy and Anguish

Rescuing Sprite: A Dog Lover's Story of Joy and Anguish
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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.