Sight Hound

Sight Hound

by Pam Houston


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393327397
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 01/16/2006
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 1,068,487
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Pam Houston is the prize-winning author of Contents May
Have Shifted, among other books. She is professor of English at the University of California–Davis and lives on a ranch at
9,000 feet in Colorado near the headwaters of the Rio Grande.

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Sight Hound 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just finished Sight Hound, and I have to say it was a tough slog getting through it. I liked Houston's 'Waltzing the Cat' and to a lesser degree, 'Cowboys are My Weakness'. This so-called novel doesn't seem like a novel at all, but more of Pam talking about herself once again. I did love the (very) few chapters where Dante, the Sight Hound spoke. Unfortunately, I found Houston's blathering husband and friends to be incredibly boring, neurotic people. Oh, okay, we're all neurotic, but I thought this book was going to be about the dog, not the husband and assorted other sad and angry people. In my estimation, the story became blurred by Houston's unwavering self-indulgence, and was not a novel, but another book 'about' Pam Houston, her friends, and all their foibles. I found it disappointing and annoying, homage not to Dante, but to Ms. Houston.
EBarry More than 1 year ago
I was disappointed by this book. I wanted a story about her relationship with the dog, and instead it was just a cast of characters and their weird fetishes and beliefs. Anyway, I stopped before I reached the halfway point, because I had had enough.
Zinnia More than 1 year ago
At first I wasn't sure about the delivery... lots of different narrators, but I was soon engrossed. I loved the book, the story of a woman and her relationships, not the least of which is with her Irish Wolfhound. It was funny and also very thought provoking. Lots of depth.
blwertz More than 1 year ago
I loved reading this book because the author wrote from many points of view. Dante's character is wonderful, strong & funny.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book last summer and lent it out to people who I thought would appreciate it. Some how I never received it back. I am ordering another copy because this book is priceless. It hits on so many important points that are true to life. After reading this, I truly believe that each animal that enters our life is here to teach us something about ourselves and what is important. An extremely touching and well written book. It will provide you with many 'Aha!' moments.
nicole0112 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I fell in love with Irish Wolfhounds because of this book. I have an Irish Wolfhound because of this book. Despite these two things, I didn¿t like this book. The book jumps around from the viewpoints of all the characters, including the dogs, the cats, and all the owners involved. The voices of the human characters are all so similar, that I often found myself paging back to find out which character I was on. And, when I did figure out which human I was dealing with, I didn¿t like them especially. The dogs were written well, and I think the whole book could be improved by ripping out all the sections covering the people and just leaving the dogs and the cat.The story is based around Dante, a three-legged Irish Wolfhound, and his owner Rae (who is incredibly self absorbed-except when it comes to her dog). Rae is hoping to find love, and Dante wants nothing more than to see her happy and see her find love. The novel, written by Pam Houston, chronicles the bond between dog and owner and this is where the story gains its power and momentum. The touching moments between Rae and Dante make you want to reach down and stroke your dog between the ears a little bit longer. Houston describes Wolfhounds perfectly and really captures the essence of the breed. Despite all this, I still don¿t recommend the book. It¿s heartbreaking, and the human characters make it hard to like them, or care about them at all. If you¿re going to read it, flip through and just try to get to the good parts. Houston can write, but the brief glimpses of her talents weren¿t enought and left me ultimately unfulfilled.
olgalijo on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Just loved it, LOVED it. This is a book for dog lovers' introspective moments, well written and touching. You just have to read it.
mms on LibraryThing 11 months ago
Good read, written in several voices, of the effects of a single animal on many beings.
Tanya2011 More than 1 year ago
This is the story of a woman named Rae and her dog, Dante who teaches his owner that love is stronger than fear. A good book for dog lovers.
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bikergran More than 1 year ago
I was given this book for Christmas, and thought I was going to be reading about a dog and his human. Okay, I like dog stories. It didn't take many pages to understand this book is MUCH more than that. By the time I'd turned the final page, I'd made twelve new friends and had been privvy to their lives - and deaths. I'm planning more time to re-read this wonderful book, because as much as I gained from the first reading, I know there is more waiting for me. The best gift, among some pretty good ones, I've received this Christmas. Great read! Thanks Pam for putting this in print.
Guest More than 1 year ago
if you tend to love animals, or people, and narritives, this is the story for you. this is about a dog named dante, with a playwright owner named rae and their journey down a long cancerous path with dante. this book teaches you to enjoy your pets and the life you live. please read this, this book is amazing. give it a try when your at the beach, or driving on a road trip. page turner, to the max.
Guest More than 1 year ago
How often do you find yourself underlining a novel? Well, for me. it is almost never. Sighthoud offers so many profound, quirky, wonderful truths that I couldn't put it down -- or the pen away. This is a great read that features different perspectives from highly recognizable characters -- human, feline and canine.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As the mom of a dog newly diagnosed with osteosarcoma, the book was a magical read. Pam Houston perfectly characterizes the bond between people and their pets and gives great tribute to the vets who take care of them. I would highly recommend the book to any animal lover. Also, check out her website for pictures of the real Dante.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read all of Pam Houstons books and the last few seemed to get repeditive with the theme. This book has a new fresh storyn told in a narative from all the characters, even the dogs. This was a quick read and left you wanting to know the characters longer.