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Ane traumatized by the inexplicable disappearance of its master and by the threat of eviction dogs are prohibited in her apartment buildingWhile others worry that grief has made her a victim of magical thinking the woman refuses to be separated from the dog except for brief periods of time Isolated from the rest of the wo. 45 Stars ”The dead dwell in the conditional tense of the unreal But there is also the extraordinary sense that you have become omniscient that nothing we do or think or feel can be kept from you The extraordinary sense that you are reading these words that you know what they’ll say even before I write them” Loss loneliness the writing life friendship grieving memories love in all its various forms between people and with our pets in this story with a dog But not just any dog a larger than life sized dog a harleuin Great Dane named Apollo who is mourning the loss of his human a man a writer who has taken his own life These are some of the themes examined in this thought provoking novel ”If reading really does increase empathy as we are constantly being told that it does it appears that writing takes some away” Apollo comes to live with our narrator a friend of the deceased at the reuest of his widow his third wife He’s much too much for her to handle in her spacious place and she’s not interested in trying to make it work Apollo was his dog and she has no interest in keeping him It’s clear from the start that Apollo is mourning the loss of the man but uietly accepts the transfer to this strange new woman despite her building having a no dogs allowed policy This is not a plot driven book it weaves through thoughts the past her frustration with her students’ grasp of the English language and simple sentence construction her growing fondness for this new being sharing her life and missing the easy friendship with her former friend Apollo’s former master The writing is lovely in its sparseness adding a graceful simplicity to this story that reads like a memoir that wanders hither and yon always returning to the tie that binds her to Apollo In the beginning of their days together she keeps Apollo out of a sense of obligation to her friend something to bond them now that he’s gone As time passes her focus changes and she becomes almost single mindedly devoted to Apollo who has now become her dog in every sense they have bonded The grief is still there it is one of the things they share but in sharing that grief a bond has nevertheless been formed ”They don’t commit suicide They don’t weep But they can and do fall to pieces They can and do have their hearts broken They can and do lose their minds” Clever and darkly amusing this flits from topic to topic never staying with one too long A tribute to life and all that includes all of the ugly dark and painful sides of life balanced by the loveliness of life and the love we share through our words spoken or written Many thanks once again to the Public Library system and the many Librarians that manage organize and keep it running for the loan of this book 2 unreal But there is also the extraordinary sense that you have become omniscient that nothing we do or think or feel can be kept from you The extraordinary sense that you are reading these words that you know what they’ll say even before I write them” Loss loneliness the writing life friendship grieving memories love in all its various forms between people and with our pets in this story with a dog But not just any dog a larger than life sized dog a harleuin Great Dane named Apollo who is mourning the loss of his human a man a writer who has taken his own life These are some of the themes examined in this thought provoking novel ”If reading really does increase empathy as we are constantly being told that it does it appears that writing takes some away” Apollo comes to live with our narrator a friend of the deceased at the reuest of his widow his third wife He’s much too much for her to handle in her spacious place and she’s not interested in trying to make it work Apollo was his dog and she has no interest in keeping him It’s clear from the start that Apollo is mourning the loss of the man but Managerial Decision Making uietly accepts the transfer to this strange new woman despite her building having a no dogs allowed policy This is not a plot driven book it weaves through thoughts the past her frustration with her students’ grasp of the English language and simple sentence construction her growing fondness for this new being sharing her life and missing the easy friendship with her former friend Apollo’s former master The writing is lovely in its sparseness adding a graceful simplicity to this story that reads like a memoir that wanders hither and yon always returning to the tie that binds her to Apollo In the beginning of their days together she keeps Apollo out of a sense of obligation to her friend something to bond them now that he’s gone As time passes her focus changes and she becomes almost single mindedly devoted to Apollo who has now become her dog in every sense they have bonded The grief is still there it is one of the things they share but in sharing that grief a bond has nevertheless been formed ”They don’t commit suicide They don’t weep But they can and do fall to pieces They can and do have their hearts broken They can and do lose their minds” Clever and darkly amusing this flits from topic to topic never staying with one too long A tribute to life and all that includes all of the His Punishment ugly dark and painful sides of life balanced by the loveliness of life and the love we share through our words spoken or written Many thanks once again to the Public Library system and the many Librarians that manage organize and keep it running for the loan of this book

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Rld increasingly obsessed with the dog's care determined to read its mind and fathom its heart she comes dangerously close to unraveling But while troubles abound rich and surprising rewards lie in store for both of themElegiac and searching The Friend is both a meditation on loss and a celebration of human canine devotio. Update Bumping my rating down to 2 stars The I think about it the I don't think the author's intentions were executed well This book was a miss for me but I’ve decided not to rate this 2 stars since I think that’s just a matter of my personal preference rather than the objective uality of the book It’s less of a story and a string of musings about literature life and death and how interconnected they can be The book aims to be thought provoking but I did not feel moved or attached to the writing despite my adoration for dogs and penchant for overthinking I think the book has a very niche audience that just isn’t for me Dahlia Black unraveling But while troubles abound rich and surprising rewards lie in store for both of themElegiac and searching The Friend is both a meditation on loss and a celebration of human canine devotio. Update Bumping my rating down to 2 stars The I think about it the I don't think the author's intentions were executed well This book was a miss for me but I’ve decided not to rate this 2 stars since I think that’s just a matter of my personal preference rather than the objective Dahlia Black: A Novel uality of the book It’s less of a story and a string of musings about literature life and death and how interconnected they can be The book aims to be thought provoking but I did not feel moved or attached to the writing despite my adoration for dogs and penchant for overthinking I think the book has a very niche audience that just isn’t for me

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A moving story of love friendship grief healing and the magical bond between a woman and her dogWhen a woman unexpectedly loses her lifelong best friend and mentor she finds herself burdened with the unwanted dog he has left behind Her own battle against grief is intensified by the mute suffering of the dog a huge Great D. Sigrid Nunez’s The Friend sometimes reads like a memoir sometimes like a letter to a friend and sometimes in an attempt to make sense of both her friend’s death and the dog who has come to stand in for him a philosophical inuiry I loved it Nunez is smart funny and thought provoking as she explores life death writing and relationships I know this book is not for everyone The fact that writing and the writing life is such a strong focus will appeal to some and turn others off Perhaps as a conseuence it doesn’t really have a strong plot unless you count whether the unnamed narrator will find a way to keep her friend’s dog but in my opinion that’s not really the point Nunez does so much in these pages that keeps me wanting to keep reading This was my first time reading Sigrid Nunez but it won’t be the last time I will look for another of Nunez’s Since Sigrid Nunez's visit to Wyoming her latest novel The Friend won the National Book of the Year Award Congratulations Sigrid Teacher Evaluation in Music: A Guide for Music Teachers in the Us unexpectedly loses her lifelong best friend and mentor she finds herself burdened with the Reticence unwanted dog he has left behind Her own battle against grief is intensified by the mute suffering of the dog a huge Great D. Sigrid Nunez’s The Friend sometimes reads like a memoir sometimes like a letter to a friend and sometimes in an attempt to make sense of both her friend’s death and the dog who has come to stand in for him a philosophical inuiry I loved it Nunez is smart funny and thought provoking as she explores life death writing and relationships I know this book is not for everyone The fact that writing and the writing life is such a strong focus will appeal to some and turn others off Perhaps as a conseuence it doesn’t really have a strong plot Peloponnesian War unless you count whether the Training for the New Alpinism: A Manual for the Climber as Athlete unnamed narrator will find a way to keep her friend’s dog but in my opinion that’s not really the point Nunez does so much in these pages that keeps me wanting to keep reading This was my first time reading Sigrid Nunez but it won’t be the last time I will look for another of Nunez’s Since Sigrid Nunez's visit to Wyoming her latest novel The Friend won the National Book of the Year Award Congratulations Sigrid