11-06-2009 08:15 PM
I just LOVED this book I couldn't put it down when Edgar was staying with Henry. I wanted him to go back home to his mom. The last chapter was painful. I HATED it. I don't care if it is like Hamlet, I just wanted Edgar to be safe with TRudy. I was upset for a couple of days and wish not to feel that like that over a book. My life can provide it. The beauty of the book was not worth the pain of seeing Trudy in total abject pain at losing her beloved son. I HATED the ending and wish I had not read the book.
11-12-2009 06:21 PM
The ending of The Story of Edgar Sawtelle was foretold when he caused the death of Dr. Papineau. It was not something he could live with.
It was a tragedy only if one thinks of death a a tragedy, but the author provides us an alternative when he reunites Edgar with his father and Almondine. We are then allowed to imagine them going on to the "happy ever after" ending.
As for Trudy and the dogs, again the author allows the readers to create their own "Epilogue". I see Essay leading the dogs to Henry's house where Henry finds his way out of ordinariness by bringing them into his life. Trudy eventually discovers where the dogs went, meets Henry and they become friends, continuing the breeding and training of Sawtelle Dogs.