The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
Hamlet gets an update in this compelling a beautifully written novel.
A mute boy has a special connection with the dogs that are raised on his family farm. They are his only solace when tragedy strikes and an uncle with questionable motives shows up and inserts himself into the family's life.
This story with allusions to Hamlet takes place on a farm where dogs are bred and trained. A mute boy is unable to speak with humans, but has a close connection with his dogs and finds himself relying on them when a man with unknown intentions comes to live on the farm.
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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 thoughtful companionship is epitomized by Almondine, Edgar's lifelong friend and ally. But with the unexpected return of Claude, Edgar's paternal uncle, turnmoil consumes the Sawtelles' once peacefull home. When Edgar's father dies sudenly, Claude insinuates himself into the life of the farm - and into Edgar's mother's affections.
Grief-stricken and bewildered, Edgar tries to prove Claude played a role in his father's death, but his plan backfires - spectacularly. Forced to flee into the vast wilderness lying beyond the farm, Edgar comes of age in the wild, fighting for his survival and that of the three yearling dogs who follow him. But his need to face his father's murderer and his devotion to the Sawtelle dogs turn Edgar ever homeward.
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