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Lassie Come-Home Hardcover – April 1, 2003
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About the Author
Eric Knight was born in 1897 in Yorkshire, England, the countryside that was the background for Lassie Come-Home. He moved to the United States as a teenager. After graduating from Cambridge Latin School in Massachusetts, Mr. Knight married and settled on a farm in Pennsylvania, where Lassie Come-Home was written and where the collie who inspired the book is buried. Mr. Knight was killed while serving in the U.S. Army during World War II.
Top Customer Reviews
When I pick it up now I am filled with fond memories of those months. And I must say that this book is one of my favorites.
I, with all due respect, disagree with one of the other reviewers who reviewed this item and said it was not for kids. This is the perfect book for kids, and is perfect to read aloud. The drama is engrossing, but is not too intense for youngsters. It is the perfect dog book.
A dog-lover myself, I have read a great many dog books. And this tops the list. Never before or since has an author captured so poignantly the affection between a boy and his dog. And never before or since has an author tried that affection with so many difficulties and set-backs. But, as we all know, in the end Lassie is there to greet Joe by the school gate. It's in the best three endings I've ever read (the other two being TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD and A TALE OF TWO CITIES).
This is a classic, and it's one of my favorites. I honestly cannot even begin to understand why a person would give this book anything but five stars. HIGHLY recommended.
I bought this book to read to my children. Like I said, it's a really great book, but not for children of young ages. Get them an abridged version. Here's why:
1. Knight uses sophisticated language. It's in no way geared for children, and I found myself answering a lot of questions about what words meant, or just paraphrasing the content when things looked difficult.
2. Regional dialect. The characters are all in Yorkshire or Scotland, and Knight writes their dialect accordingly. Sometimes, *I* had a hard time discerning what was being said.
3. Subject matter. The main story is Lassie's journey, but there are numerous side plots that deal with a variety of more mature subjects, probably better suited for teenagers. The Carracloughs are dealing with the father not having a job, and the subsequent tension in the household. It's post WW1, and a veteran briefly discusses being in France, and there's a longer piece about a couple's son who was killed in the war. There's discussion of the euthenasia of dogs at a pound. Robbers attack a man and kill his dog. There are dog fights, boys cruelly throwing rocks at Lassie, somebody shooting at Lassie, Lassie's terrible conditions during her journey from weather and wear, etc...
I read a little background about Eric Knight. He was a WW1 veteran (killed in a plane crash in WW2). In America, he had a small little dog which was killed by a car, where upon he got a collie named Toots, which he based Lassie's character on. Tell me he didn't write himself into his book as Rowlie the peddler!
There is no other book that I have read so many times. It keeps exciting since the early childhood to nowadays. A must read.
It was largely a result of my reading this book that I grew up with collies, three of them in my formative years, and having some experience of them, I was doubtful if the plot of this book was really to be taken at face value. But, reading it again, I find myself swallowing it whole. The great strength of it is that it is told from the point of view of the main character, Lassie the dog. Without gimmicks such as first person narrative, it proceeds to explain what she must have felt, how she decided what to do, and what drove her to undertake something that was impossible on its face - a 400 mile journey on her own paws to reunite with her beloved master. The author/narrator, whom I imagine as a gray-bearded Professor Emeritus from the University of Glasgow (only a Scotsman could understand collies so well, in my admittedly biased view), patiently explains his conclusions, as to a child: she could not reason her way out of trouble and couldn't learn from maps or other creatures how far it was. She knew only that she had to pick her master up at school at four o'clock. She knew what time it was and she knew what direction to go, because she had instinct - something we don't have and don't really understand. She knew when she got hungry, but for her, food was something a human put in front of her every day at a set time; she has to learn somehow to find it for herself.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's a classic and my 10 yr old son loved it. Arrived it good shape too.Published 5 months ago by AMoons
I am thrilled to own this classic!
I am so grateful it was republished!
It I hard to believe that this classic and beloved story of Lassie is 75 years old.This particular copy has the original text and illustrations in black and white. . Read morePublished 7 months ago by Dad of Divas
Lassie is one of the all-time great stories about a dog and a boy. I, like many Americans and world citizens of my generation, read this book as a child. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Cliff Harrison