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5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.
To the Anonymous Poster of 2/18/09 Calling the Author's Dog "Ugly"
Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. To criticize someones literary material is one thing (lack of plot, not engaging, slow moving, boring characters, etc) but to criticize how their dog looks? That lacks class. It takes a special person to want to actually read a book devoted to the life of an animal, and since "Anonymous" read it, one would assume they like animals. Any true animal lover would not make negative or derogatory comments about the looks of someone's deceased dog! Think of how the author must feel reading that comment?
posted by Jackie-in-Wisconsin on January 12, 2010Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Most Helpful Critical Review
4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.
HUGH RIP-OFF: DO NOT PURCHASE
posted by Trishacl on November 29, 2010Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 6, 2008
Good But Not Worth The Price
I enjoy Anna Quindlen¿s writing and have read several of her books including Blessings and Black and Blue. Each story took me on a journey to a wonderful place, where characters came to life and events were vividly described. So I was pleasantly surprised to see that she had written a story about her dog Beau. The topic was quite different from the others she has chosen to write about. It was obvious from first glance that the book was really more of an essay rather than a story. To say that it was light reading would be an understatement. I read this 'book' slowly and it still only took me 20 minutes to complete. There are lots of pictures of adorable dogs, as many pictures, I think, as there are pages of text. Although I enjoyed the photography, I would have preferred more writing and less pictures. These photos seemed to be there for filler, especially since none of the dogs were identified. The essay itself was a pleasant read, although it got off to a rough start. It seemed as though Quindlen was unable to pinpoint what she wanted to say, and the story wandered, a jumble of disjointed thoughts and experiences with her dog Beau. At the halfway mark, Quindlen settled down and wrote about what her dog gave to her, her family, and how his wonderful outlook on life was something to be cherished. For that, Good Dog, Stay is worth reading. One final comment, something that really bothered me: Quindlen frequently mentioned how Beau would run loose around their country home, getting lost, or finding neighbors' trash cans and destroying their contents, as though this habit was something to be encouraged in her dog. It seemed like something she seemed proud to share with the reader. I kept wondering what her neighbors thought about the mess Quindlen¿s dog created, and how they must have hated having a loose dog in the neighborhood. Twice she told of how Beau disliked horses, and also how he liked to 'try to drive a horse from his stretch of the road.' Quindlen may think this is cute, but very few horses enjoy being chased by dogs. It is extremely dangerous and I personally know somebody who wound up in a hospital because the dog's owner thought this trait in their dog was cute. Please, Ms. Quindlen, be a responsible dog owner and keep your future dogs on leashes! Quill say: A good book as long as you don¿t mind paying $14.95 for a 96 page book with a lot of pictures.
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Posted May 11, 2012
Like her other writing, just concerned with all the bad reviews
Like her other writing, just concerned with all the bad reviews about this book. I like dog books. Can't decide if I should spend the money.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Encourage others we may not have liked this book to read her fiction. She is an excellent writer.
Posted April 28, 2008
A 'real' dog story
This is a 45 minute short story about Anna¿s dog, Beau. I am not a fan of animal stories as they usually either end up getting hurt or dying. The same is true in this one. It is the life story of Beau and as all life stories, the end is death. That brings tears to me which is why I don¿t like these types of stories. I believe Anna wrote this as a way to heal from her lost of Beau more than trying to tell a readable story. This is not to say the story doesn¿t make sense. It does. I just hear in Anna¿s own words how much she and her family cared for Beau and how much his loss meant to them. As with all stories, there are the good times and the ¿bad dog¿ times, laughs and tears and general day-to-day life. If you want to hear about a good dog¿s life, this CD will provide that.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 29, 2008
Read this book at the book store. It took maybe 30 minutes to read from cover to cover.I was disappointed that there wasn't much about the dogs life and I felt like,as a previous reviewer had mentioned , in that it was a euology. Don't get me wrong, it makes you want to hug and kiss your dog, which I did, and appreciate the human / dog relationship. I guess I was looking more for a story along the lines of Marley & Me.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 5, 2007
I did not mine reading this book however I thought it would be more interesting. I did not get the feeling that it was written by a dog lover. Anyone who is willing to write a book about loving dogs should be willing to say their dogs are like their children!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 15, 2009
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