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Bob, Son of Battle   By: (1874-1927)

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Bob, Son of Battle by Alfred Ollivant is a remarkable tale that takes readers on an emotional journey through the Scottish countryside. Set in the late 1800s, the story follows Bob, a valiant sheepdog, and his relationship with his owner, young Davie.

Ollivant expertly weaves a captivating narrative filled with themes of love, loyalty, and sacrifice. The bond between Bob and Davie is beautifully portrayed, showcasing the deep connection they share. The author's vivid descriptions transport readers to the rugged landscape, allowing them to experience the harsh realities of the shepherding life alongside the characters.

What truly stands out in this novel is Ollivant's ability to give Bob a voice of his own. The narrative alternates between Bob's perspective and that of the humans, providing a unique insight into the loyal canine's thoughts and emotions. Bob's courage and determination are awe-inspiring, as he becomes a symbol of resilience and unwavering loyalty.

The supporting characters in the book are equally compelling, each adding depth and nuance to the story. From the gruff but lovable shepherd, Adam M'Adam, to the cunning rival dog, Red Wull, the cast of characters is diverse and memorable.

In addition to its engaging plot and well-developed characters, the book touches upon deeper themes such as class struggle and the importance of one's reputation. Ollivant's exploration of these themes adds layers of complexity to the story, elevating it beyond a simple tale of a dog and his master.

One minor critique would be the occasional use of Scottish dialect, which might pose a challenge for some readers. However, the language ultimately enhances the authenticity and atmosphere of the novel, providing a richer reading experience.

Overall, Bob, Son of Battle is a timeless classic that will leave readers both moved and inspired. Ollivant's masterful storytelling, combined with the unique perspective of Bob the sheepdog, creates an unforgettable tale that lingers in the reader's heart and mind long after the last page is turned.

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By Alfred Ollivant


PART I THE COMING OF THE TAILLESS TYKE Chapter I. The Gray Dog Chapter II. A Son of Hagar Chapter III. Red Wull Chapter IV. First Blood

PART II THE LITTLE MAN Chapter V. A Man's Son Chapter VI. A Licking or a Lie Chapter VII. The White Winter Chapter VIII. M'Adam and His Coat

PART III THE SHEPHERDS' TROPHY Chapter IX. Rivals, Chapter X. Red Wull Wins Chapter XI. Oor Bob, Chapter XII. How Red Wull Held the Bridge Chapter XIII. The Face in the Frame

PART IV THE BLACK KILLER Chapter XIV. A Mad Man Chapter XV. Death on the Marches, Chapter XVI. The Black Killer Chapter XVII. A Mad Dog Chapter XVIII. How the Killer was Singed Chapter XIX. Lad and Lass Chapter XX. The Snapping of the String Chapter XXI. Horror of Darkness

PART V OWD BOB O' KENMUIR Chapter XXII. A Man and a Maid Chapter XXIII. Th' Owd Un Chapter XXIV. A Shot in the Night Chapter XXV. The Shepherds' Trophy.

PART VI THE BLACK KILLER Chapter XXVI. Red handed Chapter XXVII. For the Defence Chapter XXVIII. The Devil's Bowl Chapter XXIX. The Devil's Bowl Chapter XXX... Continue reading book >>

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