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A Big Little Life by [Koontz, Dean]
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PRAISE FOR DEAN KOONTZ’S NOVELS:

'Dean Koontz is not just a master of our darkest dreams, but also a literary juggler' The Times

‘Dean Koontz straddles the genres, and pretty successfully, too … Odd Thomas is certainly a page-turner – this is a read-at-a-sitting novel – with a terrific final twist’ The Observer

‘Psychologically complex, masterly and satisfying’ The New York Times

'Near Dickensian powers of description.' Los Angeles Times

About the Author

Dean Koontz is an international household name whose hugely entertaining parables for our times have been bestsellers in many countries, selling seventeen million copies each year. Born and raised in Pennsylvania, he lives with his wife Gerda, their dog Anna, and the enduring spirit of their dog Trixie in southern California.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 464 KB
  • Print Length: 300 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1401323529
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (1 Oct. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002TU1Q5W
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 36 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #224,455 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I knew before I even started reading this that this book would have me in tears by the end of it. Dean Koontz writes with such passion, humour and emotion, especially when writing about his late dog, Trixie, that I knew it would be a heartbreaking read. And I wasn't wrong. Starting with a brief biography of Dean, his wife and their living arrangements, and then in to the time when they adopted Trixie and how their lives changed for the better afterwards, this is as funny, enchanting and tear-jerking as anything you could read. Not only was I in tears at the point where I KNEW I would be in tears, there were at least 3 other places as well. But it's not soppy, sentimental hogwash; it's wonderfully written, so full of life and joy, that by the end of it you just want to go out and get yourself a dog so you can experience even half of what the Koontz's experienced through Trixie.
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I received this book as a gift and although I had read and enjoyed other books by this author, I thought to myself, "what would he know about dogs anyway". I'm a dog lover of course and have read many books on the subject but this one is special, I couldn't put it down and read it in less than 24 hours.
The beauty of this book is that yes, he does talk about things Trixie used to do, but he mostly concentrates on the relationship between dog and human and his use of English is amazing. This is the book that every owner would love to write in tribute to their dogs. You will love it.
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By Alison TOP 500 REVIEWER on 26 Dec. 2009
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A touching book about the life of Trixie the dog and how she enhanced the lives of people around her. Koontz writes about the relationship he and his wife had with their first dog, Trixie.

Trixie was the opposite of the many dogs in dog memoirs; she was a well-behaved and well-trained dog that didn't chew the sofa! Even with such a well behaved dog, there is still much to say about her life. However, the book is more than just a memoir, Koontz covers much about the human-dog relationship. He also talks about the profound effect Trixie had on their lives and how they have been changed as a result of sharing their home with a dog.

I loved the paragraph in the last chapter which Dean quotes from his book "The Darkest Evening of the Year", it pretty much summed up what I feel about the dogs I've had in my family.

It's a 4/5 for me because although it was lovely, touching and interesting for the most part, Koontz does ramble on at times, making reading a little arduous. Nevertheless, if you love dogs you will find this book heart-warming even if the ending has you in tears as it did me.
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By Chris from Hampshire TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 July 2012
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"A Big Little Life" is the true account of Trixie, an ex Canine Companion for Independence, after she was retired as a working dog.

This beautiful Golder Retriever then came into the lives of the author, Dean Koonitz, and is wife Gerda. From day one, Trixie showed herself to be a truly lovely dog and it was not long before she was deeply embedded in the hearts of Dean, Gerda, their staff and friends.

At the start of each chapter, there is a photo of Trixie, each one being different so that the reader can share in the joyful expressions of this remarkable canine companion. Throughout the book you can feel the joy and happiness that this dog brings to everyone she meets. You will be there with Dean and Gerda when Trixie is at the Vet.

This is a beautiful and tender love story - the love of a dog for it's humans and the love and immense appreciation of the humans for the dog. It is a great book and one to be enjoyed by dog owners and anyone who is in awe of how clever these amazing can be. If anyone out there has any doubts as to their intelligence, read this book and it will be proven to you.
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I bought these books for two reasons, one was my original copy was borrowed and then lost, and the other reason was to give one to my friend who would never, ever, read anything by Dean Koontz. She did look at me a bit old fashioned when I told her I had a Dean Koontz just for her, but she did really enjoy the story about Trixie Koontz. I would suggest that you have a supply of tissues, or half a dozen hankies at the ready, as this is a book that will make you cry, I know it made me cry, and I had read it before.
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This is my all-time favourite book! I leant my copy to someone, didn't get it back so bought two more to ensure I would never be without it again. Trixie is such a wonderful dog and I really adore her. If you ever had any doubt that dogs have souls, you need to read this.
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Dean Koonts manages to articulate in his usual sensitive and detailed style the depth of emotion that losing a much loved and special dog elicits. What is really great about this book is that he doesn't just dwell on the loss, but instead celebrates the privileged relationship a guardian has with that once in a lifetime dog some of us are lucky enough to experience.

It helped me to make sense of the stew of feelings and emotions I experienced on the loss of my very special boy and made me realize that I was only grieving because I was missing the hell out of him. It made me reflect and say thank you instead of just feeling sad and bereft. It also makes you realize that what you had was still worth the exorbitant charge, to be paid in pain, that must be settled at the end.

Yes it is a bit rambling but I suspect that his writing was a form of catharsis for him and so I can only thank him for his talent in articulating his feelings and his courage for sharing it with others who suffer the same loss.
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