The extraordinary debut novel that became a modern classicBorn 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.
My husband and I listened to this book in the hot tub and we both loved it. Got to where when as soon as we got home from work, we were in the hot tub!
What a wonderful book...until Edgar's father is killed. Wish I had never read the book. The ending is quite disturbing or so I thought.
This debut novel is the engrossing story of a mute boy, his family and the special breed of dogs they raise. After a fatal accident on their northern plains farm, Edgar and three of his dogs try to make their way to Canada. Taking no supplies, they must live off the land until an eccentric farmer takes them in.There's a Huckleberry Finn feel to this boy and his odyssey. The writing is compelling. I read rapidly, and I couldn't put this book down for the several days it took me to read it. I hope Edgar Wrobleski has another novel this good in his repetoire