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Posted May 5, 2013
Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers' Favorite
William Kennedy has again given readers a glimpse into the unknown regions of the mind. In "The Dogs of Luck," he explores his own thinking during several phases of his life. In the teen years, Kennedy takes the reader through his childhood years in Warren, Pennsylvania, where he hung with a group of boy scouts who just seemed to skirt the law with their ongoing needs for stimulation. He talks about his luck in avoiding police detection, amputations and death. He then takes us to his years in the corporate world when he seemed to always be at the right place at the right time. That might involve taking a phone call or taking an appointment that was meant for someone else. He takes the reader through the corporate environment of the 1970's in which alcohol apparently played an important part in major corporate decisions. The section on corporate public execution is poignant in that no one stepped up to intervene for the man being humiliated because every other person was too engrossed in feeling relieved it was not them on the chopping block.
This book is well-written with humor and wisdom mixed in so that the reader learns without first committing to the learning. At times I would have liked to have seen a bit more insight on the part of the author so that luck would have been downplayed and personal actions would have accounted for the outcome. And yet, the book is charming as it stands. Those who grew up in the decades mentioned in the book will relate well. In time, the author may even conclude that 48 is certainly not old!