Wylie by Pen Farthing

Wylie by Pen Farthing Rating: DNF
Format: Paperback
Published: 11th September 2014
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For a street dog born in the city of Kandahar, Afghanistan, to be crowned top dog at Scruffts, a competition for crossbreeds held during Crufts, the largest dog show on earth, is nothing short of a miracle. But for Wylie, the gentle, cropped eared ball of fur, miracles seemed to happen quite regularly.

Beaten and abused at the hands of uncaring humans, Wylie suffered terrible injuries that needed urgent treatment. Rescued close to death, with hacked off ears and a severed tail, he was attended to by soldiers who feared he would not last the night. Astonishingly he did, only to return days later with new injuries.

However a lifeline came when he was handed over to animal welfare Charity Nowzad and flown to Britain in the hope of finding a new life. But would anyone take a chance on a seemingly undomesticated stray? Luckily for Wylie his biggest adventure yet was about to begin…

I love animal stories. Give me a good animal story and I’m happy. Just don’t give me Marley and Me because I can’t read that without crying. I love animal stories but this book was so bad I literally couldn’t finish it. I have no doubt that this is ultimately a heartwarming story but I hated the way it was written. This is a true story but the author has written it like it was a work of fiction. It was written from the dog’s point of view.

There is a disclaimer at the start of the book stating that the author took some liberties with the story. But I just couldn’t get past the fact that the author is trying to tell a true story but just made parts of it up. And its not just that they made parts of it up. The author is trying to make the dog seem more special than other dogs. The dog lost its mummy. The dog was hungry but it stopped to play with a bottle. The dog got caught in the middle of a fight between Afghans and the British but instead of running away it stopped to look at the guy operating the machine gun. This dog isn’t special. Its not Lassie. Its just one of many stray dogs. I really wanted to like this book and I hated it.

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*I received a copy of this book from Hodder & Stoughton in exchange for an honest review.


9 thoughts on “Wylie by Pen Farthing

  1. Oh I feel your pain – there is nothing worse than looking forward to reading a really promising book and finding it un-readable due to poor writing!

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