Giv: The Story of a Dog and America

Giv: The Story of a Dog and America

by Boston Teran



Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781567030556
Publisher: High-Top Publishing LLC
Publication date: 06/15/2009
Pages: 263
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Boston Teran is the author of four previous novels. He has been nominated or won numerous awards including, the John Creasy Award, International IMPAC Award, Book of the Year in France, Book of the Year in Japan, and Readers Digest Best First Novel of the Year. Two of his novels are being developed into major motion pictures. His fifth novel, The Creed of Violence, which is to be published by in the fall of 2009 was bought by Universal Studios for the second highest price ever paid for an unpublished manuscript. Giv- The Story of a Dog and America is his sixth novel.

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Giv: The Story of a Dog and America 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
GIV - THE STORY OF A DOG AND AMERICA I love to discover a special book. And GIV - THE STORY OF A DOG AND AMERICA is a touching book. There is an exhileration in being captured by the light of it's story and emotions. And what I love as much, is after, when I get to share the book with others. To read what someone else feels, to hear what they think, to be engaged by their world view. To be enlightened in an exchange of experiences creates in me a wonderful sense of community. .. This is what books do so well. They can become the vessel through which we get to talk to eachother, to learn about eachother, to understand eachother. It is an oh-so human way to make freinds, and be the richer for it. Creating a community. at FAb 40 is what we are all about.
NWADEL on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Giv: The Story of a Dog and America is a story that starts out about a dog that has survived starvation, beatings and most of all, being without love. " This is a great soul fallen on hard times." He is wandering, lost. Where did he come from? Whats his story? Anna is lonely. Lost her loved ones in a horrible auto. accident. She misses her husband and her dog that her husband had surprised her with one birthday. Living alone with her dog Angel, she senses something outside, she smells him. Going to the window, she see's him. He's leary of her and she puts out her hand to him. This begins her family, Angel and Giv. "Giv and Angel, Angel and Giv", they are inseparable and soon Giv is a daddy. But poor Giv, he has a tumor and its his time to go. Anna calls the puppy Giv. This is where Giv's life starts. The story is beautifully, poetically written. " You are not alone old one, for heaven is here in the great trees you lie beneath, and in the named rocks around you, and the earth that will cover your bones. Soon, you will receive thy bounty."Giv Jr. is stolen from Anna and the rest of the story is about bravery, compassion and love.The end brings tears of sadness and joy."See the Dog. He is being drenched with rain as he tries to pull himself free using the doors as braces. Like the butterflyl out of the cocoon, the bird out of the egg, the child from the womb-yet what he is trying to free himself of is a greedy human dream exacted by man to whom heartbreak is less than pocket change."Highly recommend this book.
nycbookgirl on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I love this novel. I'm not sure if I love it because I had no expectations or what, but what a beautiful book. Beware: If you are the type that might tear up while reading a book, this is one of those books. The idea behind the story is based on events in the author's life. You can read his idea for the book here.The story follows the life of a dog named Giv. The book is composed as the story of Giv's life written by one of Giv's many owners, Sergeant Dean Hickok. From Giv's birth, by chance, fate, or luck, he gets passed on from person to person, from experience to experience. The blurb from the press release by Americans Speak says "The Forrest Gump of dog books." I'm not sure about all that, but boy does Giv go through some stuff. He's in Dallas with some struggling musicians checking out the book depository, he's there through Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, and he's there for an Iraqi war vetran.While the book is about a dog named Giv, it's also about the people he meets. Memorable characters. Heart-wrenching characters. It's about the free-will, undying spirit of man and man's best friend. I loved how the idea of the act of rebellion, not always a bad thing, was a piviotal aspect of the book and the character of Giv. Boston Teran wrote rebellion as "the power to choose freely who one will or will not be". I like that. As he points out, America was founded by rebels and there's a little bit of rebel in us all.I find it hard to write about this book and not sound cheesy or blubbery...but I can't help it. I really loved it. I was really surprised how much I liked it. It's not a book I would have picked up on my own but I am so glad I was sent it.
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grumpydan More than 1 year ago
"Giv: The Story of a Dog and America" by Boston Teran is just that; a story about a dog. And what a heartfelt story it is. From the time Giv is born he something special, but the tale does not begin there. It begins with Dean Hickok ex-sergeant who has returned from Iraq and is contemplating suicide when he almost runs over the starved and suffering animal that was Giv. From there we learn that Giv was stolen from his original owner and survived Hurricane Katrina. We learn of the people who come in contact with him and how everything comes full circle. This is certainly a story that brings out all sorts of emotion.
chene More than 1 year ago
A most unique, beautifully written and enriching book, it is to literature what the great murals are to painting and art. For that is what Giv is - an American mural. Murals have sweep and theme. They are a vision of life. A testament to ideas. This is Giv.