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Posted January 21, 2013
It's like stepping into another world -- strange, silly and far away yet so very much like my own household having a pet population of just one -- a single Golden Retriever dog.
After finishing Bob Tarte's first book about his menagerie, "Enslaved By Ducks", I rushed down to my local Barnes and Nobel to order "Foul Weather". When it arrived I started reading and was again immersed in Bob-and-Linda-world and their homestead full of (mostly) feathered friends. It's a strange world but also very comfortable. Anyone who has ever loved a pet will intimately identify with the Tartes. And yet, these folks share their home with an assortment of critters that I could never imagine in my suburban neighborhood.
In Foul Weather Bob also writes about the many human critters in his life and shares his weaknesses, anger, fears, frustration and gratitude toward parents, siblings and friends. I am looking forward reading Bob Tarte's next installment that I hope will feature more of his feline friends including Moobie the size x-large but lovable house cat.
Posted March 9, 2007
Fowl Weather is a very, very, very funny book but that is almost misleading. In these days, when meanness is mistaken for wit, it is a startling work of art that sees the great and small passages of life, with humor. Bob Tarte has written a very brave, funny book. It is very difficult to say precisely what it¿s about because it is about life unfolding or maybe unraveling. It¿s about those moments, parents, pets or even things that make up our notion of self and how they can be taken away and the little things, like the sound of a bird or a spider¿s web, that can make it endurable. It¿s a book that deals with daunting issues like mortality with graceful wit. Many of the incidents in this book, say sock monkeys, a purse, or parrots, have never been juxtaposed in the history of literature. It is an outstanding read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 28, 2010
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