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I have no idea why I liked this book, but I did. I didn't even want to like it. I didn't want to read it. I fought against reading it and maybe tried to sabotage other book clubbers to stage a coup. In the end, I figured, well, I have a long flight to the UK. Might as well suck it up and take it in my carry-on.
Then I got completely sucked in! From page one (even though our book club leader challenged us to just try 100 pages). I loved Wroblewski's writing. I loved this quiet story, this quiet family, on a farm in Wisconsin in the 70s. This quiet boy, literally, as he's mute. Their amazing dogs. The backstory of the amazing dogs. I can't get out of my head the dog from Japan, who patiently waited at the train station for his dead master. I'm not too familiar with Shakespeare, but I was intrigued by the connection to Hamlet, and saw at least the major plot points emerge, though I'm sure there were a lot of nuances I didn't pick up. And Claude! Wow, he's one tricky bastard. There were painful parts--Edgar's father's death and Edgar's inability to call for help,
Almondine's death as she looked for Edgar, and pretty much the entire ending. It's the ending that makes me feel confused about whether or not I like this book--it was not a fun, pretty ending. It was so far from a fun, pretty ending, pretty much the furthest you can get. I guess I didn't like the ending, but it was effective and fitting.