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Sounder

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8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

The Pig That Started It All

Sounder was an excellent book, and I thought it was one of the best books I have ever read. This book was both exciting and sorrowful. The book earns one, no two thumbs up. The way the author explains the boy's feelings throughout the book was awesome.

The ...
Sounder was an excellent book, and I thought it was one of the best books I have ever read. This book was both exciting and sorrowful. The book earns one, no two thumbs up. The way the author explains the boy's feelings throughout the book was awesome.

The book was about a boy and his family, (who remain nameless). The family also has a dog named Sounder, who has the loudest and deepest bark then all the other dogs. One night the boy's father goes out and steals a pig. The next day the have a giant feast. Then three white men come and arrest the boy's father. While they are taking him away, Sounder got lose and tried to jump on the wagon where his master was, but gets shot in the proses. He didn't die, but he was badly injured. Sounder disappears for a while, but when he finally does come back, he had half a shoulder, one of his eyes missing, and he couldn't bark. For years, the boy goes looking for his father, but can never find him. One day, while walking home, the boy finds a book in the trash, and tries to read it, but can't. He meets a school teacher, and takes him home and shows the boy his favorite book in the book the boy had found. When the boy gets home he tells his mother everything. The next day, the boy's father comes home and tells the family that he was hurt in a dynamite explosion. All in all, the ending of the book is very shocking and unexpected.

This book was really good. I loved it so much, that I read a couple chapters twice. The only thing I didn't like, was that everyone was nameless throughout the entire book. I sometimes forgot who was speaking. but, still this book was great. i highly recommend this book to readers who love reading about events from long ago.

posted by 3rummeaj on January 12, 2009

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Most Helpful Critical Review

8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

Sounder was an okay book.

It was a great educational book, i read it last year in english class. It wouldn't really be a book I would choose for free reading, although I love how none of the people in the family have names. They represent all African Americans of the post slave period, and now. ...
It was a great educational book, i read it last year in english class. It wouldn't really be a book I would choose for free reading, although I love how none of the people in the family have names. They represent all African Americans of the post slave period, and now. And it was great that a black man wrote the book because somehow, I feel that if a white person had wrote this book, we would not have the full perspective of the feelings a black boy in that period of time. I also love how the boy tries so hard to go to school and always persues his father when he was taken by the police. I feel it was more realistic because when the sherrif came to the cabin, a white man would have just gotten a warning, but the father of the boy's family was taken away, just for stealing a ham. Over all a good read, interesting and historical. It really shows the tough times that they had to suffer through.

posted by booksRawesome on September 13, 2009

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2007

    Terrible

    I had this book on my book shelf, so I figured I would read it. That was a mistake. I usually like books with dogs in it, but this one was not good at all. I feel that the point of view was bad, seeing how we never learn the characters names.

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2007

    Poor hound

    I do not believe the author ever owned a hound. This was not a very satisfactory story. Great opportunity lost.....

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2014

    Doesn't Even Deserve a Newberry Medal ((Slight Spoiler))

    It was absolutly terrible, in my oppinion. For one, the character's names and character information were never revealed. It was just the boy, the mother, the father, and the children. You didn't know the age of the boy. You didn't know the children's gender, or their age. The boy, when his father and dog died, didn't show any greif or sorrow for their decease. He just told him mom he found the dad in the meadow. No tears. When he assumed the dog would die before he got back from school, he had no sorrow, either. He just told the mother to drag it to the hole. No tears. Again. It was a absolutly awful, dull book. Never read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2013

    BBOOOOOOOOOO- cat_swim156

    Terrible book. Read 7 pgs and i ditched it. FYI the boys name is not revealed. I flipped through entire book and he wz called the boy AT ALL TIMES.
    AWFUL read.
    Check out cat_swim156's other reviews!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2007

    A reviewer

    ii hated this book..it was the worst i've ever read...ii had 2 read it 4 skool n i cried bcuz i hated it so much n i didnt want 2 read it..i'll never read it again..so if ur in skool n need a book 2 read do not chose this 1..it dragged the entire 2 hours it took me 2 read it..it was depressing n not enjoyable..if u like no action at all u shuld read it..

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2006

    Bad

    This is one of the worst books I ever read in my entire life. When i read this i couldn't even finish it. I had to read it for my book club and no one could finish it. Many people even put it in the blender.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2002

    It was ok

    Sounder was ok.. Some parts were wonderful other parts were awful

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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