Book Review: The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

A Book Review by Joyce Lovelace

I recently read “The Story of Edgar Sawtelle” by David Wroblewski. What a wonderful book. OK – it was about a boy and his dog(s). A boy, his family and their dogs, who they raised with affection and respect for their intelligence and heart. Set in farm country – what more could I ask.

What I got was an author who could tell a story in beautiful, heartfelt, complex language that was not smarmy nor sarcastic. Wroblewski has a way with words that I have not often seen in a full length book no less one that runs to over 500 pages, and keeps you entranced the entire way. And can you imagine – without graphic sex or gory violence? I would compare this with the long version of the movie “Out of Africa” about Isak Dinesen’s farm in Africa.

I hated the end, not because it was badly written, but because I did not like the way the plot unfolded. I won’t say more so as not to spoil it for you. The bad part about reading this book, is that now I have to find something to follow it.

Joyce Lovelace is a writer from upstate New York who writes about politics, faith, books and many other subjects. Rumor has it her cousin claims she also loves horses, country life, pets of all kinds, but makes terrible sand sculptures when compared with her cousin. Her brother agrees.