The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

Downloadable Audiobook - 2013
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The extraordinary debut novel that became a modern classic Born mute, speaking only in sign, Edgar Sawtelle leads an idyllic life with his parents on their farm in remote northern Wisconsin. For generations, the Sawtelles have raised and trained a fictional breed of dog whose remarkable gift for companionship is epitomized by Almondine, Edgar's lifelong friend and ally. Edgar seems poised to carry on his family's traditions, but when catastrophe strikes, he finds his once-peaceful home engulfed in turmoil. Forced to flee into the vast wilderness lying beyond the Sawtelle farm, Edgar comes of age in the wild, fighting for his survival and that of the three yearling dogs who accompany him, until the day he is forced to choose between leaving forever or returning home to confront the mysteries he has left unsolved. Filled with breathtaking scenes-the elemental north woods, the sweep of seasons, an iconic American barn, a fateful vision rendered in the falling rain-The Story of Edgar Sawtelle is a meditation on the limits of language and what lies beyond, a brilliantly inventive retelling of an ancient story, and an epic tale of devotion, betrayal, and courage in the American heartland.
Published: [United States] : Harper Collins Publishers : Made available through hoopla, 2013.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9780062316998
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (21hr., 39 min.)) :,digital.
Additional Contributors: Poe, Richard


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Jan 07, 2017

I liked it, found it engaging, an excellent narrator, character development was extensive. Parts of it seemed a bit 'off' but I've learned to just go with the flow unless it's really disagreeable to me. I may listen to parts again as I liked the author's very detailed in descriptions. Reviews on Goodreads were extremely in the dislike. This is his first novel I think, it was not awful, not brilliant, each author has their own style, so give the man a chance.

WVMLStaffPicks Sep 20, 2014

A compelling and lyrical story of a boy, his family, and their relationship with each other and their dogs. A tale (no pun intended) interwoven with mystery and the supernatural. A long 'listen' (18 disks), but well worth the time.

Sep 20, 2011

Ok book. Did not like the ending. It was as if the author didn't know what to do anymore with the book.....

Dec 22, 2009

I listened to this story unfold while driving in my car, it is a captivating tale about a family who love & breed dogs.
A dog lovers audio book.


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