Not sure if I should be posting this recommendation so soon, as I'm only halfway through the book. What if, in the end, it lets me down? I'd started a post on it earlier today, then went to Amazon, read the mostly great reviews, but still hesitated... too soon yet to recommend?
Tonight, a few more pages along, I just can't help myself. I absolutely LOVE this book. I wish it would never end.
In my sidebar I list the books I've enjoyed lately, but I usually don't enthusiastically recommend books. Book preferences are so highly personal. So many "bestsellers" have let me down. But as I read more of Edgar this evening, I thought, what the heck. It's so good. Amazingly good. David Wroblewski has a tremendous gift for putting words together. I haven't read such beautiful writing in a very long time.
So even if the rest of the book doesn't live up to the first half, right now I'm completely entranced by Edgar Sawtelle. He and his dogs are fascinating, mysterious, irresistable.
Thus I'd say, go to your nearest Costco or B&N or WalMart, or Amazon, wherever you buy your books, and bring Edgar home. Put him someplace safe and warm. Then give yourself the gift of time to savor every wonderful word of his story.
Those few Edgar critics expressed echoes of "Hamlet", but being highly Shakespeare-deficient, I know and care not. In the past, others said the same about another favorite, Jane Smiley's "A Thousand Acres" as compared to Shakespeare's "King Lear"... well, I can't begin to wade through Shakespeare, but I loved every last syllable of Smiley's book.
Now, back to my cozy room, to see what Edgar and his pups are up to next. I have a feeling this may be a late night.