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By the title of my review, you might think I am talking about the perceptive, prescient, and highly verbal dog, Stella, best friend to the main character. However, it's not about that. She's terrific, believable and completely relatable.
It's that I just wonder why or how anyone can maintain two concurrent significant others, and why or how said SO's are willing to tolerate the uncertainty. Once I got past that roadblock, however, I found the book completely enjoyable and full of spiritual and emotional learnings, especially concerning what constitutes a suitable mate - is it the ability to provide economically and to furnish the comfortable life circumstances that would allow access to more opportunities for the individual ? Or is it compatibility on a deeper level, a connection that renders two people more like soul mates?
I found the conversations between the main character and his stroke-victim father particularly full of feeling, in addition to being an inventive literary device, using the computer and the IM system. The words "yes" and "no" have never been so weighty.
I did not, however, think Paul's sudden conversion to an alcohol-free life was realistic. After a curt message from his father, Paul simply destroys all the alcohol in his house and never again consumes another drop. It just doesn't happen that way, unless you are NOT an alcoholic in the first place. And in that case why such extreme measures?
I thought the narrator's hoarse and husky voice gave the impression that Paul was more of the self-defined "loser" than he actually was. Even though the narrator did an excellent job of conveying nuanced emotion, the voice had a touch of vulnerability that I didn't want. I would rather have thought of Paul as more of a strong and vibrant personality, even though his life circumstances were not optimum.
Still, a four-star read, and well-worth the price!
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This is a well written book about the gradual awakening of the main character. He has quite a bit of trouble relating to people and his main companion is his dog. This book will be great for dog lovers who struggle with intimacy with people. Although well written - and at times touching and funny - when it was all over I felt like I could have spent my time better reading a more interesting story.
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