Book Review: The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

The following review is for the book The Story of Edgar Sawtelle . Please note that this may contain spoilers

Rating: 5/5

Born mute, speaking only in sign, Edgar Sawtelle leads an idyllic life with his parents on their farm in remote northern Wisconsin. For generations, the Sawtelles have raised and trained a fictional breed of dog whose remarkable gift for companionship is epitomized by Almondine, Edgar’s lifelong friend and ally. Edgar seems poised to carry on his family’s traditions, but when catastrophe strikes, he finds his once-peaceful home engulfed in turmoil.

Forced to flee into the vast wilderness lying beyond the Sawtelle farm, Edgar comes of age in the wild, fighting for his survival and that of the three yearling dogs who accompany him, until the day he is forced to choose between leaving forever or returning home to confront the mysteries he has left unsolved.

This book was absolutely beautiful.

Wroblewski really has a way with words that can blow a reader away and this book really is a masterpiece.

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle is written simply to be read. It’s a tale to be told, but it’s also a tale you can’t ponder on for too long. Wroblewski is just trying to tell the reader a story. It’s like a fairy tale, some elements might make no sense (like how there could be a house made of ginger bread in the middle of a forest in Hansel and Gretel) but it only adds to the wonder of this book.

Wroblewski really knows how to create an image and the entire story flows perfectly. The characters are heartfelt, sometimes even laughable, but they really reveal parts of personalities that most books don’t portray because, frankly, it’s hard to portray these perks without sounding fake. Just like how Glen does the rehearsing, the fantasies of interrogating Edgar. It may seem weird, but if you think about it, isn’t it quite true that sometimes, people get so engulfed in their fantasies that they try to create them in real life without realizing the consequences?

I do have to admit, there were quite a few places where I didn’t quite understand. The prologue in particular was confusing, and nothing about it quite seemed relevant to the whole story. Ida, the shopkeeper, was weird and I didn’t quite understand the whole thing with her and the coke bottle scene. But none of this was anything big enough for me to give the book negative points.

The biggest problem I had with this book was Edgar anger. Much of it was somewhat confusing. I couldn’t quite understand where his anger was coming from. I could understand that he was angry, but some of his actions were left unexplained and unclear. He acts a little too abruptly and sharply for what seemed like a pretty mellow person, especially since he was raised in an “idyllic” childhood.

Nevertheless, this book is quite a good read and I strongly recommend it to anyone search for just simply a story to read.

The following review was written following the rules for One Book One Review. (With the exception of the 1000 word rule)

Summary courtesy of Goodreads.


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