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I imagined this would be a light-hearted collection of goofy dog anecdotes from this therapy-dog owner, and I love a good goofy dog story. Instead, it is a self-indulgent narrative by a quite silly and shallow woman who imbues her dog with human-like reason and emotion. She is amazed to find that people who are old, infirm in body or mind, or alone are yet enjoying life, looking forward, making friends, and are not suffering in silence, but are serene in silence. The author is stunned and (falsely, it feels) humbled by her previous fears and ignorance. Yikes!! keep this dope away from MY nursing home, should I end up in one.
The narrator is one whom I have heard and not enjoyed before. She sounds like an old kindergarten teacher reading to Story Circle, all raised eyebrows, exaggerated emotions, and crazy character voices. Karen White. I will definitely remember to avoid this name in the future.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
I generally liked the story, and appreciated the writing style and unique perspective of the author, so it took me a little while to figure out that the reason I wasn't fully engaged with this book was because of the narrator. I'm not sure if the narrator sounded patronizing, trivializing, or just too pragmatic for this text, but I did not emotionally connect with the book, and I think it was largely because of the way it was read.
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