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Mostly Bob Hardcover – January 12, 2006
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"One measure of our humanity is the unconditional love we are capable of giving to an animal. . . . Mostly Bob puts it beautifully and succinctly into words." Morley Safer, news correspondent, 60 Minutes
"I love this story. Not since Charlottes Web and really I read it as an adult have I been pushed passed the sadness to accept the beauty of a life well lived. Tom says that Bob was amazingly successful in changing his own life. He changed mine too." Linda Winer, theater critic, New York Newsday
"Simply a beautiful love story." Bonnie Raitt
"Bob has grabbed our hearts the way he did Toms. We cried, we hugged our dogs, and then we smiled deeply for the wisdom, the humor, and the genius that was Bob." Richard Pryor and Jennifer Lee Pryor
". . . a small work but large in what it has to say and the quality of its emotion." Joanne Woodward
"If we treated each other the way we treat our beloved pets, this would be a very different world. My motto has long been WWLD, What Would Lassie Do? From now on it will be WWBTD, What Would Bob and Tom Do? The answer is sharing their love until there is no time left. You couldn't ask for better role models." Dr. Bernie Siegel
"As I flipped through the pages of Mostly Bob I was instantly intrigued. I couldn't help but read the entire book before putting it down. My chest ached, tears streamed down my cheeks, and dog memories joyful and painful flooded my brain. Tom Corwins Mostly Bob is moving emotionally, and to the New York Times bestseller list." Dr. Ian Dunbar, author of Before & After Getting Your Puppy
"Simple and elegant, Mostly Bob clearly expresses the power and meaning of our deep and passionate interconnections with animals. Read it, feel it, and share it widely. I'll be giving it to all my friends." Marc Bekoff, professor of biology, University of Colorado, author of Minding Animals
- Publisher : New World Library; First Edition (January 12, 2006)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 144 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1577315251
- ISBN-13 : 978-1577315254
- Reading age : 8 years and up
- Item Weight : 8.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.5 x 0.75 x 7 inches
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And...I don't know what to think about Mostly Bob.
When I read another reviewer say something like, "Anybody who couldn't stand the blank spaces on the pages probably can't stand children's books, either," I assumed that meant there were different illustrations or something on each page, and probably just a paragraph or so of type, like kids' books.
Wrong. Each time you turn to a new two-page spread, you get one sentence on the right-hand side. Turn the page again. Another sentence. Turn again. Another sentence. Gee, I thought, this guy's really making me work for it! If you're the kind of person who takes in prose in a constant stream, this is like having your thoughts continually interrupted. Turn the page, a sentence, turn the page... this one's entirely blank. Guess we're between paragraphs.
The book is, basically, an essay. And it has moments when it seemed moving to me; a dog that takes control of his own destiny! Lovely. (Though why it took the author a year and half to respond is a mystery; most dog lovers I know would have responded within three weeks. But it is not for me to plumb the heart of another human.)
It's just... okay, I'll say it. I feel a little taken. I found myself wondering whether the author was sincere, which, I swear to you, is not the kind of cynical thought I want to be thinking when I'm reading a story about dog and person. But when an essay gets bloated into a book that has $12.95 stamped on it... and it's so non-specific. Bob "got over" his tendency to growl and see the world as his enemy. Well, there are a lot of people out there working hard every day with dogs who growl and see the world as their enemy, and it's not that easy. The love of one person doesn't make strangers less scary; it takes training and commitment every day, and even then, you can't be sure. If this book had had some of that part of the story in it, I would have loved to read it -- what went right, what went wrong, the small victories, the joys.
But it was very short and very vague -- so vague, as I said, it made me wonder. The tidal wave of praise the book has garnered just doesn't make sense to me, unless it stems from readers who are accessing their love for their own dogs.
I'm sorry to say it, because I don't want to harsh anyone's buzz. Clearly a lot of people love the thing. But for any readers like me, I thought I should give warning.