One Good Dog
Author: Susan Wilson
Two characters telling their story: a man and a dog. The man, Adam March, is a wealthy executive that one day, after having a breakdown at work and slapping the secretary, is due to lose everything and is also forced to do community service in a homeless shelter – a world away from his reality. The dog is a cross of pit bull and rottweiler who is raised to fight and one day gets to escape and live in the streets for a while before being adopted (not voluntarily, at the beginning) by the man.
Although being a dog lover – and that was the main reason I read the book – I liked Adam’s story better than the dog’s, not because it can be weird to read a dog’s point of view, but because his thoughts were incoherent some times. For a dog who barely saw sunlight and had basically no contact with outside dogs other than his foes at the time of the fight, he had a lot to learn when he escaped, and even then, at one point when he realized he needed help, he said “…this being neither a fairy tale nor Disney…”. How could he possibly know what Disney is and/or represents?? This is just one example of things that for me didn’t make sense. On the other hand, I liked his persistent idea of considering himself as an independent dog, not a pet, and that he would leave at his will.
It’s a story of redemption, hope and second chances for both man and dog, and if it is not a great book, it is still enjoyable and entertaining.
Posted on 14/05/2012, in 2 stars, Literature & Fiction, Susan Wilson and tagged animal cruelty, animals, book, community service, hope, one good dog, redemption, review, second chance, street dogs, susan wilson. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a Comment.