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A Lame Dog's Diary   By: (1864-1916)

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A Lame Dog's Diary by S. (Sarah) Macnaughtan is a heartfelt and poignant novel that takes readers on a journey through the eyes of a courageous and resilient canine companion. Written with a unique perspective, the book offers a fresh and engaging narrative style that captures the essence of the dog's thoughts, emotions, and experiences.

The story follows the daily life of an injured and disabled dog, providing insights into the challenges and triumphs the animal faces. Through vivid and descriptive language, Macnaughtan masterfully transports readers into the dog's world, allowing them to witness the dog's struggles with physical pain, dashed hopes, and the need to adapt to a new way of life.

One of the standout aspects of this book is the author's ability to elicit deep empathy and connection between the readers and the protagonist, despite the narrative being from a dog's perspective. Macnaughtan skillfully portrays the dog's emotions, desires, and fears, which resonates with readers on a profoundly touching level. It is impossible not to root for the dog's happiness and well-being throughout the narrative.

Furthermore, the book cleverly discusses various themes that extend beyond the life of an ordinary dog. It explores the concepts of resilience, friendship, acceptance, and the human condition itself. The dog's interactions with other animals and humans provide valuable insights into the complexities and nuances of relationships, reminding readers of the importance of compassion and understanding in both the animal and human world.

While the book primarily focuses on the dog's personal journey, Macnaughtan also weaves in broader societal issues, such as class differences, animal cruelty, and the transformative power of love and kindness. These deeper layers enhance the overall richness of the story, turning it into a thought-provoking read that leaves a lasting impression.

However, it is important to note that some readers may find certain sections of the book emotionally challenging due to the dog's pain and vulnerability. Macnaughtan's honest portrayal of the dog's physical limitations and emotional turmoil may evoke strong emotions and serve as a trigger for those particularly sensitive to animal suffering.

In conclusion, A Lame Dog's Diary is an extraordinary and beautifully written novel that offers a captivating and insightful perspective on life's struggles and the enduring power of the human-animal bond. S. (Sarah) Macnaughtan's ability to create such an emotional connection between readers and the protagonist is commendable, making this book an absolute must-read for animal lovers and anyone seeking an unforgettable literary experience.

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[Frontispiece: "But, Hugo dear," she said, "why did you not tell me long ago?"]


S. Macnaughtan

Thomas Nelson and Sons,

London, Edinburgh, and New York




Perhaps curiosity has never been more keen, nor mystery more baffling, than has been the case during the last few weeks. There have been "a few friends to tea" at almost every house in the village to see if in this way any reasonable conclusions can be arrived at, and even Palestrina is satisfied with the number of people who have taken the trouble to walk up the hill and chat by my sofa in the afternoons. But although each lady who has called has remarked that she is in the secret, but at present is not at liberty to say anything about it, we are inclined to think that this is vain boasting, or at least selfish reticence.

The two Miss Traceys have announced to almost every caller at their little cottage during the last two years that they intend to build.

We have all been naturally a good deal impressed by this statement, and although it was never plainly said what the structure was to be, we had had for a long time a notion of a detached house on the Common. And surely enough the foundation stone was laid last year by Miss Ruby Tracey with some ceremony, and the first turf of the garden was cut by Miss Tracey, and only last month the whole of the Fern Cottage furniture was removed in a van to Fairview, as the new house is called the handsomer pieces placed upon the outside of the van, and the commoner and least creditable of the bedroom furniture within... Continue reading book >>

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