The Story of Edgar Sawtelle - David Wroblewski

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

By David Wroblewski

  • Release Date: 2009-10-13
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4
From 620 Ratings


Born mute, speaking only in sign, Edgar Sawtelle leads an idyllic life with his parents on their farm in remote northern Wisconsin. For generations, the Sawtelles have raised and trained a fictional breed of dog whose thoughtful companionship is epitomized by Almondine, Edgar's lifelong friend and ally. But with the unexpected return of Claude, Edgar's paternal uncle, turmoil consumes the Sawtelles' once peaceful home. When Edgar's father dies suddenly, Claude insinuates himself into the life of the farm—and into Edgar's mother's affections.

Grief-stricken and bewildered, Edgar tries to prove Claude played a role in his father's death, but his plan backfires—spectacularly. Forced to flee into the vast wilderness lying beyond the farm, Edgar comes of age in the wild, fighting for his survival and that of the three yearling dogs who follow him. But his need to face his father's murderer and his devotion to the Sawtelle dogs turn Edgar ever homeward.

David Wroblewski is a master storyteller, and his breathtaking scenes—the elemental north woods, the sweep of seasons, an iconic American barn, a fateful vision rendered in the falling rain—create a riveting family saga, a brilliant exploration of the limits of language, and a compulsively readable modern classic.



  • Loved this book

    By KlpBuckeye
    Engaging throughout. Sad. Well written.
  • Edgar Sawtelle

    By brassfield0401
    Interesting story, quite unique. Good character development and a good plot.
  • Edgar Sawtelle

    By thisnicknameistaken230-3948-0
    A very uneven book. Parts of the book are beautifully written, so this write has promise. But this feels like a couple of different books (at best) with an ending that's so abrupt it feels like it was written by someone else.
  • Wonderful

    By RacieRamos
    Great book!
  • So disappointing

    By W8lossheidi
    Beautifully written at times. However storytelling skills are tragically missing. I’m left confused, disheartened, and completely disappointed. Seriously, was this book actually written by a dog?
  • Story of Eric Sawtell

    By Robert Shearer
    Stunning. Heart-wrenching. Superbly descriptive. Throughout compassionate. I am in awe of this achievement.
  • Edgar sawtellie

    By Kg38:last try
    Remarkable. Waiting for another.
  • Outstanding

    By mokw
    humbling, magnificent, generous.
  • Best book I ever read with the worst ending imaginable

    By Stephen Bennett
    I can't believe I wasted an entire week on a book with such a weak and inconclusive ending. I should have realized its limitations when it started blending a lovely homespun tale with supernatural offshoots. Not withstanding its beautiful prose and heart rending character development, I can't imagining selecting another work from this author. Oprah you let me down. Oh well ,this is not the first time.

    By bunz96
    I feel the story could have been shorter but it held my interest =) BUT don't waste your time reading this behemoth! It starts to really grab you at the end & it doesn't explain what the character was hiding, what happens with Edgar, his mom Trudy & the dogs?? HATE THE ENDING!!!!!!!