Come Back, Como: Winning the Heart of a Reluctant Dog

Come Back, Como: Winning the Heart of a Reluctant Dog

by Steven Winn
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Come Back, Como: Winning the Heart of a Reluctant Dog 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
In San Francisco, preadolescent Phoebe Winn harangues her parents Steven and Sally to buy her a dog. Instead, they ignore her pleading and keep buying other pets like goldfish whose life expectancy seemed less than a nanosecond. The couple finally acquiesces to their daughter's non-stop rant. At the local shelter, they adopt a mutt who they name Como. He has two traits: a need to escape human confinement and a bone marrow loathing of males. Como keeps trying to escape and makes it clear he hates Steven regardless of how hard the man worked at gaining the dog's trust and affection. When Come escapes and is hit by a car, a bath-robed Steven takes him to the vet as the canine may want out, but is part of the Winn family. Obviously this warm memoir will remind readers of Marley and Me, and pets of their own (my Max had unrequited love for me, but tolerated my husband, and disliked our son). The pre-Como section is a bit hard on us weak stomach animal lovers as the pets seem to die in rapid prematurity, but adds a sense of genuineness to the true life family drama. Additionally the overall lack of the perspectives of Phoebe and Sally to Como's canine catastrophes and Steven's apparently futile efforts to win his heart would have added a wider view of whether the dog will adopt the Winn brood as his "pets". Still canine lovers will enjoy Como's tale as Steven tries everything in order to win the heart of a dog that seemingly has imprinted on his DNA to hate him. Harriet Klausner
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Cisley More than 1 year ago
I usually don't review a book unless I give it 5 Stars and even though I rated this one a 4 1/2, I still feel it's worth reading, especially if you like quirky dog books. Como comes from a shelter, a first time dog for this family of 3 living in San Francisco and doesn't particularly like men. If you are looking for something fun to read, pick up a copy. A recommended book, "8 State Hurricane Kate" does not have a picture but it is well worth the read.
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lovetoread76MC More than 1 year ago
My sister loved this book !!!
Pink-Felt More than 1 year ago
I read an advanced copy and I just couldn't get into it. Unlike Merle's Door or Marley & Me, I felt like it was just a writer trying to earn a buck by jumping on the canine bandwagon. When I read about an animal I'd like that animal to be remarkable. Neither dog nor man seemed all that remarkable to me. It's clear Steve Winn knows how to write, I just wish he was writing about someone else or telling a story I found compelling. I didn't find the dysfunction of the relationship endearing and I didn't find Mr. Winn to be a character I had sympathy with or even liked all that much. As far as Amy Tan's endorsement goes: is the a friend of the writer's? Otherwise, wondering why she would endorse this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think you made it sound really good!!;)