'When does something begin? It doesn't begin. There's always something else before it.'
The opening lines from Ekman's 'The Dog', which is more akin to an academic paper on philosophy rather then a novella on the survival of a domestic dog within the savage wilds of an untamed Swedish forest. However, this novel is more then just a story of a lost pup fighting for it's survival. Following the dog's experiences as he gains distance from it's domesticated beginings to a feral existence, and eventually to face re-awakened domestic memories of puppy hood as he gains trust once more in humans. Indeed, Ekman's short story is a philsophical journey through the gamets of emotions as experienced by the personification of the dog as it fights for it's survival againsed overwhelming odds.
The book is a translation from the Swedish original, but is beautifully written, its economy of words disclosing so much. This is an exquisite peice of well researched and perceptive writing. Ekman brings alive each page, each smell, each memory, while bringing the reader to question their own relationship with all that is wild. In essence Ekman explores the juxtaposition of the wild and the tamed and the human roll within it.
This book has a timeless dimension, and can be read by all ages and genres. For someone wanting to gain an insight to European writers this is a book that will enchant, enthrall and above all leave the reader wanting to learn more of Ekman. Buy it, read it, you will not be disappointed!!