The Dog Doesn’t Die

Book reviews & random thoughts

Does the Dog Die? A Short Review of The Thin Place by Kathryn Davis

This book is one of my favorites, and I love it. My book club is reading it this month on my recommendation, but I would have reread it eventually anyway.

The animal portrayals are vivid and numerous — cats, dogs, beaver, and even lichen are point-of-view characters. Each animal character is treated as a sentient being deserving of respect. So when something goes wrong, even something minor, it has that much more impact on the reader. However, I am going to declare this book Mostly Safe and even recommend it. I don’t know what Steph, Jen, Jenny, and Dana will have to say when we discuss it later this month, but on second reading I still love this book immensely.

I will provide more details on the animal characters and their outcomes below in the first comment.

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February 18, 2008 - Posted by | Book Reviews, pets | , , , , , ,

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  1. None of the animals are abused, and no deaths are shown. But there are some deaths.

    Let’s start with the dogs. First and foremost, we have Margaret the Malamute, Doozie the Daschund, Buddy (a yellow lab, I believe), and Cam (a German Shepherd, I think). Margaret is the main animal character, and she is driven by her doggish desires and her love for her girl, Mees.

    So what happens to these dogs? They get into trouble, for starters. Cam sort of disappears, as if the author forgot about him. Doozie is loved, and his end is mentioned in the epilogue. Buddy appears to come to grief but gets a second chance, because one of the humans has unusual powers. His passing is also included in the epilogue. And Margaret’s love for Mees has her present at the book’s climax, although there is a sad statement about her in the epilogue. Beings mentioned in the epilogue don’t necessarily die in their sleep.

    Next are the cats: Gigi, Beulah, and Mignonette. Two of these die at the hands of wild animals and the third goes missing for a couple of weeks but returns home. Neither death is shown, and one is mentioned in the epilogue, where the author tells what happens to every character regardless of species.

    The beaver are sad, however. They’re trapped, and the aftermath of one of the deaths is shown. I’m not sure what happens to the lichen, the fox, and the other animals that show up briefly.

    Comment by esheley | February 18, 2008 | Reply


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