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One Good Dog von Susan Wilson
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One Good Dog (2011. Auflage)

von Susan Wilson (Autor)

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After Adam March loses his job, his wife, and the life he has worked so hard to achieve, he must fulfill a community-service obligation at a soup kitchen, where he meets Chance, a pit bull bred for fighting who ends up being Adam's best shot at redemption.
Titel:One Good Dog
Autoren:Susan Wilson (Autor)
Info:St. Martin's Griffin (2011), Edition: Reprint, 336 pages
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Self-made Adam March makes a calamitous mistake at work, sabotaging both a rising career and his marriage to a society girl. He manages to avoid jail, but is assigned community service at a center feeding and sheltering homeless men. With no friends left, he is alone and his financial resources dwindling. Trying to help one of his charges, Adam inherits a fighting-damaged pit bull. Together, they try to put Adam's life back together. Good suspense at the end. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
I'm a sucker for good dog stories. I wish this had been one. It wasn't terrible, it was just mediocre. Alternating chapters telling the story from the dog's point of view and the man's point of view was effective. However, i never felt the author captured the dog's viewpoint well. It just didn't feel or sound like a dog to me. I've read several other dog stories which have done the dog's viewpoint much better. The other weakness was that you can tell exactly where the story is going. It was very predictable. If you are a dog lover, you might enjoy the book. It's not a bad story, it has an emotional and endearing end. It's just not crafted as well as it should have been. ( )
  JohnKaess | Jul 23, 2020 |
Normally, a story about a guy who was raised in foster homes, made it to Harvard to do an MBA and then turned himself into a rich, privileged asshole who manages by fear and is wound so tight that the anger that he feeds daily was bound to explode at some point, wouldn't be my thing. Why should I care whether a single act of violence by a man like that brings his over-privileged, emotionally hollow world down around his ears?

Can you feel my lack of empathy? Maybe even my contempt? Perhaps I shouldn't look too closely at my own often anger-driven working life or I might see unpleasant similarities that trigger my dislike for this guy.

Yet I read the whole book, had my emotions twisted and enjoyed it. I never really got to like Adam March, even when he earned ex-assshole status and joined the human race. What kept me reading was the dog. Him I cared about.

The dog is a pitbull-cross who was raised in a cage an trained to fight to the death. Not pretty, especially with scars and not needy either. He's an independent dog and proud of it. Yet, unlike me, he is willing to give Adam March a chance.

The chapters in "One Good Dog" alternate between a first-person narrative from the dog and a first-person narrative from Adam March. It's perhaps a sign of the quality of the writing that I was engaged in March's story even when what he thought, felt and did annoyed me. The dog chapters skillfully avoid fluffy Disney anthropomorphisation while still helping me getting inside the living-in-the-here-and-now world of the dog.

If you're a dog person, you'll love this. If you're not a dog person, you may begin to wonder why that is.

I recommend the audio version of "One Good Dog". The dog and March each have their own narrator and both of them do a great job. ( )
  MikeFinnFiction | May 16, 2020 |
I'm working my way through all of her books....wonderful, wonderful!!! We have always been cat people but Wilson's writing certainly makes me WANT....a dog!!! ( )
  nyiper | Mar 3, 2020 |
In the novel One Good Dog, a man and a dog lift each other out of their desperate situations. Things were pretty bad for both of them.

The dog, Chance, is a pitbull, raised to fight. He's a champion, excellent at killing his opponents. He spent most of his younger days in training or locked in a cage in a dark basement.

The man, Adam, lost his mother then was put in foster care by his father. Now, as an adult, he has made his way up the corporate ladder by acting ruthless and cruel. He works for a cosmetic company where he defends experiments conducted on animals. He makes no friends at work and is only interested in wealth and status. One day his self centered attitude and memories of a tragedy from his past come together to push him toward a violent reaction. The result for Adam is serious legal problems and the loss of everything he values. This is where the book really gets going. Both Chance and Adam have hit bottom and need help.

All books where dogs are personified require some suspension of disbelief, but this one requires more than most. The readers have to accept that Chance thinks like a human. That's to be expected. In this novel, however, both Chance and Adam have to overcome their violent pasts. That is rare for both dogs and humans. But this is their story and I was pulling for them both.

I recommend this book for anyone who likes stories of redemption.

Steve Lindahl – author of Motherless Soul, White Horse Regressions, Hopatcong Vision Quest, and Under a Warped Cross ( )
  SteveLindahl | Jul 11, 2019 |
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After Adam March loses his job, his wife, and the life he has worked so hard to achieve, he must fulfill a community-service obligation at a soup kitchen, where he meets Chance, a pit bull bred for fighting who ends up being Adam's best shot at redemption.

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