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Roam: A Novel with Music by [Lazar, Alan]
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Product Details

  • File Size: 3077 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books; Reprint edition (November 1, 2011)
  • Publication Date: November 1, 2011
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004U7G76U
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #438,792 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
I really hope this book finds an audience. I don't know if I've ever read a book that snuck up on me quite like this. It's about more than a dog who one day "roams" and goes on an adventure. In a way I felt like this was a kind of fable about the journey we all go on in our lives searching for a love and security we once felt, whether it was in our mother's arms or a lover's arms. There was something almost primal about this dog's story that moved me so much.

I think there's plenty to enjoy about this book on the surface. Nelson's adventures are funny, sad, scary, romantic - all the stuff of life. But this book achieves what all great art strives for; it works on different levels. At the end I found myself in tears and I don't cry very easily.
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Format: Hardcover
Nelson the half beagle, half poodle lives with Katey and Don. The canine especially loves his Katey though he fears the marriage between her and Don is falling apart. When Don accidentally leaves a gate open, Nelson follows his nose and wanders outside the perimeter. However, he soon becomes lost and his frantic efforts to sniff his way back to his "Great Love" fail, but he never quits trying to find his Katey. Over the next few years, Nelson trucks with Thatcher and joins a wild wolf pack. As Nelson survives still seeking his beloved Katey, he loses a leg before a widower's young son saves him from state execution leaving his dream alive.

Roam is an engaging whimsical tale of lost love told mostly from the ultra loyal childlike canine perspective of charming Nelson. The hero is placed in several perilous situations, but his obsessive quest keeps him going. With seven songs (on the internet) enhancing Nelson's search, readers will never listen to Here Comes the Sun the same way again as we root for the determined dog to reunite with his lost Great Love.

Harriet Klausner
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Nelson is more than a dog. He is a tender soul with enough curiosity to lead him into enough mischief then one can imagine. After his curiosity gets the best of him and he finds himself lost, Nelson's adventures begin. His tenderness humanizes him as his life connects with others. The musical compositions adds an artistic dimension which engages your soul.
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Format: Paperback
This is a beautiful and moving novel about a wonderful little dog, Nelson, who gets himself into some big adventures. It also works as a fable and a cautionary tale about the dangers animals can face in the hands of troubled, neglectful people, and also what happens when those animals find themselves lost and homeless.

Like a cat with nine lives, our canine hero Nelson finds himself in one surprising and perilous situation after another, and has the wherewithal to survive and keep on going. And people who are familiar with the sad realities of the world of homeless pets and animal rescue will recognize and empathize with the plights Nelson gets himself into (while also recognizing that, unlike Nelson, so many other loveable animals are not lucky enough to escape these situations and live to see better days).

Nelson's story is suspenseful, adventurous, frightening, thrilling, heartbreaking, and ultimately fulfilling. The novel's suspense kept me engaged to the point that I found myself thinking about the book during my workday and looking forward to getting back home to read more. Normally an early bird, I ended up reading deep into the night without even realizing it, and finished the book all too quickly because I just couldn't resist reading on.

I also have to give special praise to Mr. Lazar's wonderful music which he composed especially to accompany this book. The pieces are delightful. They are brief (about a minute and a half each) pieces of mostly classical piano with a modern twist. "The Smell of Grass" in particular really evokes images of a puppy playing in a verdant landscape. "The Great Love," "Home," and "The Immense Magical Powers of Dogs" were favorites, too.
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This is the greatest dog book of all about a dog named Nelson.
I laughed out loud and I cried.
I tried to read the book to my wife and did it all over again, even though I knew what was happening.
It has a good ending.
I strongly recommend it.
Oh, did I mention I have bought 7 copies so far?
I keep giving them away.
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This story is of a dog whose circumstances bring him through incredible tragedy and love. I have not read a book that so wonderfully captured the thoughts a dog may have as this one did. The emotions portrayed in him, I see in my own dog.
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Format: Hardcover
I thought this was a great book. Different from other "roaming away from home" books. Intricate details of what it might be like from the dog's perspective. I laughed and cried and went away recommending to all my friends and Facebook fans. I do not think you will be disappointed.
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It wss my first download on my new Amazon Kindle. I was happy to read this story, the author did a marelous
writing on feelings of the dog and the owner. It certainly in my opion, a turning page, I could hardly put
it down, the writer really gets your emotions going I felt I lived the experience. My dog loves the open
gate and will run till her heart has enough, but if she my dog knows the heartaches we feel and her own dangerous findings. She would curl up and stay beside me. It is a cruel world out there. I just loved the book.
Bernice/Pierrefonds,Quebec
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