A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog (Thorndike Core) Hardcover – Large Print, 25 Aug 2009
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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--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Got this to replace a copy I loaned and didn't get back. As one of those books I love to read again.Published 7 months ago by Des Wescott
A lovely book about a very special soul, I laughed and cried, I couldn't put it down. R.I.P.Trixy.Published 8 months ago by dinah
Big fan of Dean Koontz - have all his novels. I knew that Trixie played a significant role in Dean's life, and this book chronicles how and why. It's a great read.Published 14 months ago by Suzi Shepheard
As a dog owner myself, I can relate to the tales told in this book and with the author's views on dog behaviour. A truly moving recollection of life with man's best friend.Published 18 months ago by Mrs. H
An utterly wonderful book from start to finish. Being a big Koontz fan, I was always going to buy this at some point but wasn't sure what to expect being that it's real life, not... Read morePublished 19 months ago by N. Wright
My wife passed away recently. I can tell you though that she thoroughly enjoyed this book. She had read most of his books.Published on 10 Jan. 2014 by JMK
This is not a typical Dean Koontz novel - it's an autobiagraphical book.
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An unusual book for Mr. Koontz as it is a factual account of the life of his beautiful dog. Very well told and he succeeds in portraying how special this lovely girl was! Read morePublished on 18 May 2013 by Amazon Customer