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The Dog

The Dog [Kindle Edition]

Kerstin Ekman
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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"this beautifully written novel is brilliantly evocative and...evokes an atmosphere with a different tempo, where instinct and affinity with nature take over"--Publishers Weekly

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A beautiful fable exploring the unique bond between man and dog

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1400 KB
  • Print Length: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Virago (5 Feb 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #181,314 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Dog by Kerstin Ekman 21 April 2011
By Dr Bryn
'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!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Dog... A Fable? 25 Feb 2009
By Simon Savidge Reads TOP 1000 REVIEWER
The Dog is about a dog. A young puppy one day follows its mother as she chases their owner mistakenly thinking they are going on a hunt. The mother can barely keep up with the owner let alone the puppy and soon enough he is lost in the wooded lakeside unable to find his mother or owner. From then on he must fight for survival can the natural wild instincts come from a domestic puppy. I won't say too much to give anything away but for those of you who are worrying and feeling sad I found the outcome incredibly uplifting and positive.

After the opening of the book, which evokes such sadness, the rest of the novel continues to take you on an incredibly emotional journey. You are taken through fear, joy, desperation the whole gambit and I thought that was remarkable. I also loved the way that Ekman really looked at how the instincts of a puppy and dog would work and how scents triggered his brain. I had never thought of `the scent of a predator' and that idea particularly fascinated me and made me really think. The only draw back for me in all honesty

I hadn't heard of Kerstin Ekman before this novel, but in fact The Dog was actually released in Sweden in 1986 though the book hasn't aged at all it feels very fresh but then the story could be set at anytime in the past, now or even in the future. She has quite a few novels that are just starting to be published over here and one thing I must say is that she is a wonderful writer. The book is in extremely poetic and I could so imagine the scents and scenery quite vividly. I think it could be slightly shorter but the illustrations along the way are lovely.

This is a 3.5/5 book for me personally. I would recommend it but wait until it comes out in paperback. This is definitely a book for dog lovers though. I think maybe because I am more of a cat person that's why it didn't quite work as well for me, who knows. I would give something else of hers a go though.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Eileen Shaw TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Sheer delight from beginning to end, this very short novella (133pp) is completely without excessive sentiment and tells the story of a puppy, getting himself lost in the wilderness and - against the odds - surviving. It is the nearest we will ever get to being another kind of creature - Ekman has immersed herself in the world as a dog experiences it; through the nose, the ears, and only peripherally through sight. It is a rich and extraordinary experience. Beautifully told, fraught with sensual authenticity, it is a wonderful, gripping, haunting read.

The dog survives almost a year in the wild until he comes into contact with human beings again. One man sets himself the task of re-taming an animal which has come to depend on its instincts entirely. Read this book - it will take you around two hours. You will never regret your immersion in this brilliantly perceptive book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars dog snow survival 6 Jan 2012
By Lancly
a rare text/narrative. Immensely passionately imagined from a dog's experiential perspective. I like the reference to the puppy scratching somehow signals and the fox moves away from the frozen moose. Sparse and full at the same time. Depiction of landscape and hole under the tree amazing though I can't help feeling cold thinking about it.
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