Nop's Trials

Nop's Trials

by Donald McCaig

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ISBN-13: 9781599211367
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 07/01/2007
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 111,877
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.81(d)

About the Author

Novelist Donald McCaig is the renowned author of Nop's Trials and Nop's Hope. He and his wife run a sheep farm in the mountains of Western Virginia.

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James Herriot

Nop's Trials held me in fascinated suspense to the last page. It is poignant, authentic, and beautiful. This story of a man's dedication to his dog is as gripping as any thriller. Donald McCaig is quite simply a great writer in this field and his insight into animal and human nature is masterly.

John Barkham

Destined to become a classic…Anyone who loves dogs should make a beeline for this book.

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Nop's Trials 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
briannad84 on LibraryThing 16 days ago
A wonderful book that was hard to put down! My husband grew up on a farm and had a Border Collie that died not long before I met him, so I knew a bit of what McCaig was talking about in his book - I especially thought it was funny that I knew what the 'banding device' was mentioned in the very beginning! I also loved the 'voices' the author gave to the different dogs.
gmillar on LibraryThing 17 days ago
Just marvellous. I loved the story and I hated the story. I'm a dog nut and the four that we have we rescued. One of them survived a pit bull training arena and we got her all sewn up and almost hairless so I know what some men can do to animals. Mr. McCaig's storytelling reminded me of things we must never forget. It is a canine Black Beauty in a way but, for me, it reads better. The flow is great because he leaves out the unnecessary and paints the necessary minimally to give a superb movement to the story and a quiet strength to the emotions. I will read this again and hope to find some more of Mr. McCaig's work.
srghc8 on LibraryThing 17 days ago
I'm a dog person so it was no surprise to me that I loved this book. I've always had a particular fondness of border collies as well, though I've never owned one. This story is about Nop and his owner, Lewis. The story centers around Nop's life after one fateful Christmas morning when he is stolen and Lewis' quest to get his dog and friend back. It's a touching story that reflects on the cruelty of humans, and the loyalty of dogs too well.
SeriousGrace on LibraryThing 21 days ago
Nop's Trials was not what I expected. I was thinking since it was primarily about a Border Collie named Nop that it would be sweet and gentle, like the breed itself. Indeed, the story definitely has warm and tender moments - like when Nop is communicating with other friendly dogs but there is definitely a harsher side to Nop's Trials. If you know anything about Border Collies you know they are working dogs, used on farms to corral livestock like sheep or cattle. They are so smart and quick to learn that people have created competitions to showcase their abilities. These competitions are called "trials" and McCaig uses the word "trials" to steer the reader to this mode of thinking. In reality, Nop's "trials" stem from the competition but are more of the "trials and tribulations" variety. Because Nop is a prize winner, always taking first place at the trials, a vicious man named Grady Gumm is hired to steal Nop from his owner, farmer Lewis Burkholder. This is to prevent Nop from ever competing again. Grady is an unscrupulous dog owner who keeps dogs for fighting so pretty soon into the story there is violence. I have to admit it shocked me. The good news is that Nop escapes Grady only to bounce from one trial to another. He encounters many walks of life, dog lovers and dog haters alike. But Nop's Trials isn't just about Nop and his misadventures. It also delves into Lewis Burkholder's life without Nop. It portrays a man as a farmer, a father and a husband. It examines the relationships between man and land, father and pregnant daughter, father and son-in-law, and husband and patient wife. Life's lessons are masterfully played out while Nop's fate remains a mystery.
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MoonSage More than 1 year ago
Dog lovers and especially Border Collie lovers will warm to this story. I have re-read it 3 times over the years. For anyone who knows how much these dogs bond to their owners, this story will make you cry, laugh and cheer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was stationed far away from home when this book was sent to me, but I loved it!! I have a border collie and it made me miss him even more while reading this book! Not just a story, you get into Nop's mind too, and some of the things he thinks are heartbreaking, especially coming from man's 'best friend'. I loved it! A must read for any Border Collie owner!
Guest More than 1 year ago
McCaig is a wonderful writer who takes you into the mind and heart of both man and dog. Many times while reading Nop's trials I had to go and give my dogs a hug and thank them for their friendship.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The best book on Birder Collies ever!!!!!!