Ordinary Dogs Paperback – 5 Jul 2012
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'It is a wonderful book, cleanly and honestly written, funny, wise and valiant, and entirely free of sentimentality.' --John Banville, Guardian --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Ordinary Dogs, by Eileen Battersby, is a unique and very personal story about one woman's relationship with her much loved rescue dogs.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
Given that she is, according to John Banville, "the finest fiction critic we have", one might have expected that Eileen Battersby's first full-length book would be a high-minded literary novel. Instead it's non-fiction. Not only that, it's the story of her two dogs -- which makes it the perfect Christmas present for any dog lover.
It begins over 20 years ago in a cottage on the outskirts of Dublin. Battersby is a young PhD student from America who has moved here and reads books, digs gardens and sands floors for a living; she is also a dedicated runner, is in a not very fulfilling relationship with a boyfriend (unnamed), and is in search of a dog.
First she finds Bilbo, a tiny pup in a horrible pound. Next Frodo, "a squat character who should really have been wearing a bowler hat", finds her and just moves in. And so, her 20-year long adventure with "the guys" -- that is the subject of this book -- begins.
The pace is hectic. Bilbo almost dies of distemper. A crazy lady with a pack of dogs stalks the village green accusing Battersby of "mollycoddling" him. An abused dog from up the road is found dead in a ditch. An old lab leads her to the back of a shop where she discovers a bitch and six pups who are about to be sent to the pound. Frodo arrives, and, politely, refuses to leave. It's all happening. How is she to cope?
Not that "the guys" -- Bilbo and Frodo -- are ever a problem. Love is given unconditionally, and returned tenfold. Complicated training routines are not seen as helpful. "Orders weren't needed, we just fell into step."
Battersby's acute observation illuminates her text. And the (extra)ordinary dogs.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Beautifully written , touching, but not sentimental. The black beauty of the dog world . Highly recommended for all dog lovers.Published on 18 May 2014 by Mrs. Marie T. Mcdaniel