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5.0 out of 5 stars
Treasure for the soul, 25 Jan 2012
I'm not particularly a dog lover (I have never owned one).
So I think I can claim to have approached this book without too much sentimentality or preconceptions about the canine world.
I can only describe the experience of reading Doglands as overwhelming. The plot, which follows the exploits of Fergal, a young crossbred greyhound, is both gripping and action filled.
I will let you discover the details of that joy for yourself. What I found so impressive and thought provoking were the deep multilayered themes and observations about the human condition.
Doglands makes the allegory of Animal Farm seem clumsy in comparison.
You won't need a set of notes to decipher the rich seams of meaning running through this crisp literal tale, you will feel them.
The story is cleverly told through Fergal's perspective and starts with the simplicity of a puppy's perception.
The concepts and vocabulary of the text grow along with Fergal as his awareness and experience develops.
In a time when young people have very little indication of where they will fit into a future that has already been wrecked and plundered by those in charge of the present,
Furgal and the dogs in this story offer more truth and inspiration than any politician or social commentator.
Doglands should be handed out to all secondary school children (Not because it's a children's book, because I don't think it is).
They should read it because I suspect that one day soon they may well need its advice.
As an adult reader Doglands has rekindled a spirit in me that I thought was long gone.