Saturday, September 7, 2013
Review ~ A Three Dog Life by Abigail Thomas
I won't give away the title, but suffice it to say that I completely understand the three-dog analogy, and admire it.
And although I said I admired the unsentimental retelling, in retrospect, I think delving a little deeper into the pain might have made me slow down and appreciate it even more. In places, I felt as if the truth had received a glossy finish, one that might crack if exposed to sunlight. On the other hand, she did say that she loved her life without her day-to-day husband, so perhaps the finish wasn't all that superficial after all.
The biggest flaw in the book, in my humble opinion, is one that I am guilty of in my own writing, and that is, a rushed ending.
I couldn't believe how abruptly it ended!
Later, attempting to make sense of why the story ended the way it did, I ruminated on the idea that this is how tragedy often occurs, abruptly, out of the blue . . . but is that what the author was trying to say? I hope so. I hate to think she simply ran out of things to say. Am I the only one who felt this way?
Read it for yourself, then leave me a comment. Please.
Afterthought: Loved it, but ending was abrupt.