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The Dog Who Was There Paperback – January 31, 2017
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“Through the touching tale of a stray dog who witnesses the ministry of Jesus, Marasco’s (Notes to an Actor; About Grief ) first novel offers an unusual perspective on Christianity’s beginnings.” (Library Journal, starred review)
“Barley, the main character of this novel, is a sweet and loyal companion who readers will love… it is a good story with a twist at the end that readers may not see coming. It is worth the read for anyone looking for a new take on the common life during the time of Christ.” (RT Book Reviews, 3 stars)
'. . . this novel delivers a completely original impression and narration of the most familiar and greatest of all stories. From the pup’s perspective one learns a new understanding of terms like friendship and joy, but also of terror, ugliness, and betrayal. Though the book is imbued with a subtle and appealing spirituality, it doesn’t overwhelm. . . Children will love and be inspired by Barley’s story, as will their parents and grandparents regardless of religion, or no religion. Readers will smile, occasionally laugh, and surely cry, but come away uplifted by this immensely moving little book. Highly recommended.” (Historical Novel Reviews)
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The problem is with the editing and publishing. First and foremost, I had the Kindle version and the first half was riddled with mismatched pages (where when you flip the page you are no longer in the same paragraph and then two pages later you go back and get to the interrupted paragraph and start over--REALLY annoying). It was so bad at first I thought it was self-pub, but no, it was a "professional" publishing house. And the editing was really bad. The story arcs were either non-existent or overly exaggerated. And while most of the book is purportedly from Barley's perspective, there are times when the point of view is from somebody else's--but whose point of view is not defined and not easily discerned.Not well executed, in my opinion.
And lastly, it was way too long. There is a kernel of a good story here. A good editor would have pulled that out. This could be a really fantastic children's book. Some careful editing and a good YA book. But as presented.. this falls way short.
Although Bailey endures cruelty at the hands of humans, he also enjoys great compassion and love from his masters. Through his masters, I learned more about life in Roman-occupied Jerusalem. Ron Marasco does a great job of painting a picture of the time and place.
Barley is just a scruffy little pup that has seen his mother killed and escaped death narrowly himself. His life is destined for something that he is not aware of. The book takes you through all the trials and tribulations of a basically homeless dog and all the 'masters' he encounters. You might say that he was a castaway, much like some humans are.
But just as a Christian's life leads them to the foot of the cross, Barley finds himself there ---at the Crucifixion of Christ.
Follow Barley on his travel. Along the way you will laugh and you will cry. You will see the best in men and the worst. But,'Oh the cross' and what he and other outcasts share. with the Master of all.
The last couple of chapters are gripping, surprising and wonderful. What a simply wonderful, uplifting story.
Easy read, amazing story. I love how the story illustrates Jesus' influence through the eyes of a dog who sees how people change through thier emotions that the dog experiences. Would recommend this book to everyone.
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This would be a great book for young people. The ending was the best!!!!