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1.0 out of 5 stars Totally resistible, 28 Aug. 2012
This review is from: Diary of a Dog Walker: Time Spent Following a Lead (Hardcover)
DIARY OF A DOG WALKER

This book was chosen for us to read at our Book Group.

After reading the 'blurb' on the cover ......'Engaging and enlightening, Diary of a Dog - Walker - will be utterly irresistible for any man or woman with a dog' - I was sure that I was 'in for a treat!

Thinking of the six wonderful dogs that have been part of my life and recalling many funny episodes, I started it with great enthusiasm. I remembered that Ed Stourton had been a Today Presenter, in the days when I listened to Radio 4 on my way to work, before realising that it only served to raise my blood pressure as it seemed that, every day, teachers were being blamed for all the ills of society ........ quick switch to Terry Wogan on Radio 2!

However, I very quickly found, to my dismay, that I took little pleasure from the accounts that he related. I made myself finish the book, but would have been happy to stop after the first few articles. So, for me, utterly resistible!

He clearly had 'issues' ............ and hadn't got over being 'let go' from Today and thought that he had something to prove about himself.

All of his tales about walking Kudu, instead of delighting us about the quirky things we all know that dogs entertainingly do, merely became an opportunity for him to show off how amazing he is ...........so clever, incredibly well-read (look at all the literary quotes!), what an important job he used to have and - now and again, he felt the need to remind the reader what an enviable social life he has. You might meet friends for a meal and a chat; but he and his wife have dinner parties and weekends away with movers and shakers - publishers/ philosophers/ lawyers etc where they have to 'prove themselves' in erudite conversation! Pompous, pedantic and self-serving. What a social and intellectual snob!

So ........... .that's nil points from me.

To finish off in 'homage' to our author, I will quote part of a book review by Dorothy Parker:

"This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force!"
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Initial post: 17 Feb 2015 10:16:37 GMT
What a fantastically written review - it convinces me not to purchase this book! THANK YOU :-) x
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