Monday, September 01, 2008

Self-Ed 9/1/08

Read this week:
The Story of Doctor Dolittle (complete)
Anne of Avonlea (in progress)

Comments: Doctor Dolittle was such a cute book, a bit quirky, but that's OK. I think I would have enjoyed it more if I'd read it as a child, though. I continue to plod through Anne of Avonlea. I might take another Anne break this week, too. I really don't know what the deal is. I thought I liked AoA last time I read it....

Call of the Wild (complete)
Treasure Island (in progress)

The phrase "call of the wild" has passed into our vernacular, but now I have finally read the book. It was a good read, and short (although those two do not necessarily go together). Animal books are much more enjoyable now that we have an animal of our own (Luna), dog books especially so. I find that this passage applies to Luna:

Sometimes he pursued the call into the forest, looking for it as though it were a tangible thing, barking softly or defiantly, as the mood might dictate. He would thrust his nose into the cool wood moss, or into the black soil where long grasses grew, and snort with joy at the fat earth smells; or he would crouch for hours, as if in concealment, behind fungus- covered trunks of fallen trees, wide-eyed and wide-eared to all that moved and sounded about him.

I have added emphasis, and it's true that Luna always looks very happy and exhilarated after having dug and snorted in the dirt. Sometimes Luna scratches to go outside, even when all she wants to do is bask in the sun and dirt. If we let her go beyond the backyard fence, she would have lots of fun exploring and romping around the woody hill. She hears the call too ;)

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  • Alan

    I can see it now... Luna running with a pack of bichon-poodles, all of them baying like hounds as they pursues the prey. Finally they pull down their quarry -- a great bull moose. But, before consuming their prize, they wait for permission from their masters. Luna, sit! Luna, down! Luna, pray! And finally, Luna and her partners are allowed to devour the moose. ;-)

    Of course, if it's raining, they'd rather just stay in and sit on the sofa.

  • Ewokgirl

    I loved Dr. Doolittle when I was a kid! I read every single book, and I still have one of them. I may have to send that to my nieces because I'd love for them to enjoy those stories, too. I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

    I've been thinking about reading The Call of the Wild, but I have to know if it has a sad ending. I don't do well with animal stories that end sadly. It's nice to know that this is a short book. I just finished London's The Valley of the Moon, which was good, but way too long. It was more like three books in one.

  • JunkMale


    The dog does not die at the end of The Call of the Wild, as seems to be the case in many dog books. That's not to say it's a euphorically happy ending either; it's more of a mellow ending.

  • Ewokgirl

    As long as the dog doesn't die, I'm good!

  • JunkMale

    Well, I should clarify that the dog does not die. Plenty of other dogs do die though.