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Dogsbody A short and beautifully written story about a celestial being falsely accused of murder who is sentenced to live on earth in the body of a dog Yet this is so much than a murder mystery where the main character tries to return to his previous life It s about someone sensing for the first time the natural world around him with all of its sights and smells the latter a particularly vivd and wonderfully written Most of all its a touching story of the bond between a young girl who is mistreated by almost everyone around her and the dog who starts to wonder if going him is better than the life he has on earth Very moving, and reminds you that what you have in the here and now, no matter how simple is sometimes the best. Dogsbody has so many strange and magical fantasy elements in its vast realm of a story I loved the author s quaint writing style, too. The Dog Star, Sirius, Is Tried For Murder By His Heavenly Peers And Found Guilty His Sentence To Be Reborn On Earth As A Dog Until Such Time As He Carries Out The Seemingly Impossible Mission Imposed On HimIn His Earth Guise, Sirius, Renamed Leo, Truly Lives A Dog S Life Although He Is The Pet Of A Girl Who Loves Him, Both Child And Dog Are Mistreated By The Family With Whom They Live But The Worldly Obstacles Leo Faces Are Minor When Compared With His Chilling Encounters With The Dark Powers That Are Set Against Him His Quest Seems Hopeless Until At Last Sol, Moon, And Earth Itself Come To His Aid Dogsbody Is A Tense, Exciting, Sciencefiction Fantasy, A Thriller, And A Touching Dog Story All In One I m already a fan of Diana Wynne Jones, and I d heard this was one of her best books in spite of being one of her earliest , but neither of those things prepared me for how deeply this story moved me.I think that part of what gives this story its power is that Jones pulls no punches here The antagonists and the abuse they deal out are not made safe for kids by an over the top Roald Dahl treatment as they often are in Jones other books The nasty adults do and threaten to do things that real nasty adults do The nasty children do things that real nasty children do Nor does Jones avoid other subjects that usually aren t permitted in books for kids overt racism against the Irish the story takes place at the height of IRA violence , parental death, and mindless mating attraction among the dog characters no sex is actually described Even the solving of the mystery involves the recognition of a painfully adult level betrayal There are good people in the story, even good adults that are almost too good to be true, if you didn t know that there are people that good in the world This isn t a cynically dark story, but it is a realistically dark one And yet ultimately a hopeful one Hopeful enough to bring a tear to my cynical old eyes. I ve been asking people to look over my list of unread books and pick out one or two, or even a few, that really interest them and talk to me about it Dogsbody is the first of the books I ve read picked out for me like that the clinching factor apart from it being short and written by Diana Wynne Jones was that I was told it has an end that is both happy and sad.That turns out to be true A lot of the story is very young at heart the main character becomes a young puppy and slowly has to grow up and learn about the world, and he s adopted by a young girl who he adores and who adores him He plays and learns and gets in trouble in a very doggish way that I think anyone could enjoy It s often funny, and Jones seems to have got dogs and cats and people just right.Then there s the complicated layer, the sci fi fantasy issue of Sirius crime, trial, and eventual reinstatement There s references to the Irish Troubles, and the difficulties of race relations between the Irish and the English There s the issue of child abuse And there s the old, Celtic, barely glimpsed appropriate, because barely remembered mythology and its strange rituals, Arawn and his houndsI think there s a lot there that could be confusing if you expect to get all the answers What is a Zoi, why Sirius Companion do what she did, who and what exactly is the Earth s dark child In that sense, it s unsatisfying, because there aren t that many answers But this way, you get to keep thinking and wondering long after you ve closed the book. Plucked out of the way back machine based upon the compelling recommendation of none other than Neil Gaiman, in his collected non fiction View From the Cheap Seats, which, of course, was originally the introduction to modern version of Dogsbody that I read , this short, quick, but importantly interesting and different period piece was a fortuitous find There s a lot going on here mostly fantasy, a dabble of sci fi, a dollop of British Irish historical tension and ugliness, families, loss, love, hope, longing, and dogs and even cats.There s no question I enjoyed it, and I m always glad to expand my horizons and welcome new authors and idea and perspectives At the same time, I didn t love it, and I don t necessarily craveof it, but that doesn t mean I wouldn t recommend itIn the end, it s an intriguing find and a likely recommendation fordog loversno, this isn t Edgar Sawtelle or Racing in the Rain or Until Tuesday no, they re horses of a different color , but don t be quick too quick to lump it with Red Fern or Old Yellar either, but I digress ,childrens young adult readersand, importantly, those of us who have discovered innumerable gems too often ignored because of their young adult genre stigma , andyounger librarianswho ve run out of recommendations after that precocious, somewhat nerdy kid they see every weekend has blown through the Bruce Coville shelf, but is bored by the modern, cookie cutter serial fantasy and sci fi.I m a sucker for a satisfying ending, conclusion, wrap up, denouement and, while I fully appreciate an ear to ear grin or a sentimental tear I m pretty open to a wide range of resolutions, epilogues, or codas For me, the final riff, indeed, the last chapter, felt unnecessarily abrupt and truncated It s not a spoiler and, indeed, Gaiman s introduction warned readers that Wynne Jones doesn t offer a conventional finale, but like so many things in the book what she leaves you with is sufficiently unique to be, at a minimum satisfying enough. In the universe of Dogsbody, stars are ruled by spirits called luminaries When a nearby star goes nova and a device called the Zoi falls to earth, the luminary of Sirius is falsely accused of murder His punishment is to be born on Earth as a dog and retrieve the Zoi or die trying Yes, it s quite a bizarre book I normally associate DWJ s stories with whimsy, charm, and magic, and this book is a bit of a departure from those themes Of all the books by her that I ve read, Dogsbody stands out as the most fantastical and the most realistic, the most tragic and the most uplifting After reading it a few years ago, and having since then recommended it to 2404297851 people, I decided it was about time that I re read it to make sure it was as good as I remembered.I have to say that there were parts in the first half of the novel that I found somewhat slow, but once it picked up momentum it was thoroughly action packed and impossible to put down The personalities of the Sun, Earth, and Moon are wonderful anthropomorphic, yet clearly not human I especially enjoyed Sun s protectiveness of Earth Animals personalities were portrayed equally well, as was Sirius s constant inner battle to get around his dog nature to remember where he came from or vice versa, when his dog nature saves his life There s definitely a fairy tale element to this story, with some surprising departures from the norm.At its core, I think this story has a pretty bitter theme being betrayed, and then being the betrayer but it s also full of beauty I closed the book with an immense feeling of awe and gratitude. I checked this book out of the library from a small town I lived in for a short time I think I was in fifth grade The book managed to haunt me in all the right ways well into my adulthood, but I could never find it again until someone ordered a copy off and gave it to me my freshman year of college The second time I read it, I finished it in a couple of hours It made me cry both times The plot does fail to explain itself Something deep and wonderful is going on just beyond the pages, and DWJ sees no need to explain it Maybe that s what made it so haunting for me As a child, I completely missed the Irish subtext that made such integral backstory to Kathy s character, but as an adult it was an amazing discovery to make and further proves just what a many layered, fast read this is. I first read this book when I was nine and I can t count how many times since that I ve read it Since acquiring an account though I ve been able to buy DWJ books and then managed to own my very own copy of Dogsbody I wish I could have the version of book I read as a kid though.This is the first book I could say I truly loved, adored and became obsessed with It doesn t matter how many times I ve read this, I still enjoy it each time nothing has diminished.I guess I was attracted to it because as a kid I adored dogs I was obsessed and so the cover art attracted me as well as the story If I ever do get a dog of my own, you can be sure that I will be naming it Sirius not for Sirius Black but the first Sirius I loved.I love this book Simply and utterly It is full of DWJ s magic and brilliant characters that come to life and jump off the page at you.I get lost in this book every time I read it Quite often I ve been reading away and forgot to get off the bus, off the ferry let the bus sail right past me at the stop When I read this book, the world stops Every time. I didn t find out what a dogsbody was a drudge or menial worker, in case you didn t know either until years after I d read this book, so the double meaning passed me by Sirius being in the body of a dog Sirius losing his position of power to become a humble and powerless creature Fortunately, it doesn t matter at all This is a delightful story on so many levels.Since Sirius the luminary star denizen doesn t have any idea about Earth life or humans than Sirius the abandoned puppy does, everything he learns is filtered through the dog s perceptions This is something DWJ is amazing at, being able to look at some ordinary thing like a telephone cord and describe it the way someone would who d not only never seen a telephone cord before, but didn t even understand the concept of telephones It just occurred to me that kids today might not know what a telephone cord is either Now I feel old I love working out what Sirius is seeing I also like the path Sirius takes from being an arrogant, powerful being with anger management issues to becoming someone who cares about others and puts their needs first It could all be down to how very helpless he is, even when he s a full grown dog, but I figure someone truly irredeemable wouldn t have changed no matter how helpless he became.The characterization is just superb, as usual, and once again DWJ gives us a dysfunctional family that is maybe too realistic for comfort Kathleen is the poor relation who s in the same situation Sirius is, dependent on a family in which the adults are unreliable Basil s the oldest son, kind of a jerk because he s bigger and a bully Robin s the middle child, too weak to stand up to Basil even though he likes Kathleen Mr Duffield, Kathleen s uncle, is the distant father who doesn t notice anything that isn t important to him And Duffy, his wife, is a nasty shrew whose laziness and viciousness is most obvious when she blackmails Kathleen into doing all the cooking and household chores to keep Sirius Leo, as Kathleen names him from being thrown out or killed I don t know how old Kathleen is, but she can t be older than 11, and the thought of a healthy grown woman standing by while a child struggles with responsibilities she s not ready for makes me sick One of the things I love most about this book is when Miss Smith, a kind and intelligent old lady who knows Leo is than he appears, view spoiler adopts Kathleen to get her out of the Duffields house and give her a real home I don t care that that was probably unrealistic even for 1975 I want to believe that a horrible biological family is not a life sentence hide spoiler


About the Author: Diana Wynne Jones

Diana was born in London, the daughter of Marjorie n e Jackson and Richard Aneurin Jones, both of whom were teachers When war was announced, shortly after her fifth birthday, she was evacuated to Wales, and thereafter moved several times, including periods in Coniston Water, in York, and back in London In 1943 her family finally settled in Thaxted, Essex, where her parents worked running an


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