- Title: Doglands
- Author: Tim Willocks
- ISBN: 9780375865718
- Page: 375
- Format: Hardcover
Furgul is a puppy born in a slave camp for racing greyhounds, and he has a terrible secret he is himself only part greyhound When the cruel owner of the camp recognizes Furgul s impure origins he takes Furgul to be killed, but Furgal manages a spectacular escape Now Furgul must confront the indifference, complexity, warmth, and ferocity of the greater world, a world inFurgul is a puppy born in a slave camp for racing greyhounds, and he has a terrible secret he is himself only part greyhound When the cruel owner of the camp recognizes Furgul s impure origins he takes Furgul to be killed, but Furgal manages a spectacular escape Now Furgul must confront the indifference, complexity, warmth, and ferocity of the greater world, a world in which there seem to be two choices live the comfortable life of a pet and sacrifice freedom or live the life of a free dog, glorious but also dangerous, in which every man will turn his hand against you.In the best tradition of The Call of the Wild and Watership Down, novelist Tim Willocks offers his first tale for young adults, an allegorical examination of human life through a dog s eyes, infused with heart, heroism, and the mysteries of the spirit.
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Like Watership Down plays out the world of rabbits and Animal Farm reveals the politics of the farmyard, Doglands takes on the point of view of a greyhound mixed breed pup Furgul from his whelping cage with champion runner mother Keeva in a horrible dog breeding place the dogs call Dedbone Hole. When it becomes clear to Keeva's sadistic master that her litter was with Argal, a lurcher, rather than the purebreeds, Furgul and his sisters are slated for destruction. In feats of derring-do and gumpt [...]
I've read many of these type of books in recent years; that is, realistic animal fiction depicting an animal and their view of our world. There's been numerous dog books in that mix too, although this one definitely makes it mark in terms of showing cruelty and death, and not just for the dogs. I did wonder and probably knocked it down a star for the adding of the character Jodi, a woman who can listen to and talk back to dogs. If only it were that simple! It took the plot in places I didn't rea [...]
This book has got a very special place in my heart. Thanks to this book, which was recommended by a friend of mine, I've regained my love for reading after not reading a book since many years It's amazing how it changed my life. The messages in this book are beautiful and profound, and very worth reading. Furgul will forever stay in my memory. Thank you for this wonderful work, Tim Willocks.
Apart from knowing that this was a novel about dogs I didn’t have any expectations of it. I always prepare myself for dog stories to make me sad (they usually do) and yes, this one was no exception. However, it also really entertained me. It made me laugh (ha, ha, ha) and of course cry (weep, weep, weep). It made me feel angry (grr, grr, grr) but also happy (joy, joy, joy). Tim Willcocks certainly has captured the positives and negatives of the world that we share with dogs.
If you are looking for an honest account of life from a dog’s view of the world this is your book. True to the ways of Richard Adams novels, life is given to the world of the dog with vivid reality, their interactions with each other, beliefs, and ways of life which we humans might misconstrue as something else. A beautifully epic novel which is sure to stand the test of time as a classic. Now bear in mind that this book is from the viewpoint of a dog who has seen some pretty horrendous things [...]
When I first embarked upon this book, I was told that it was going to be rather a lot like Watership Down, and was very disappointed when it turned out to be nothing like it at all. In fact, I wasn't super fond of this book for a large portion of the beginning. Like, it was readable, but not all that much to capture my interest. Then this became a story about one dog's struggle to keep his nuts (and his freedom), and I was sold. I like it when books take surprising turns like that.
I loved this book. I grew up reading animal fiction (i.e the Warriors series, Guardians of Ga'Hoole) and this was nice for older people as well as probably someone younger. The plot and characters weren't remarkable, but it was fun to read. I liked all the characters and how while they weren't extravagant, each had their own personality, motives, etc. The only thing I might not have liked was the vernacular the dogs had. They used a lot of informal human words, which made it seem less like an au [...]
La prosa nitida e precisa del grande Tim per una storia profonda e di grande spessore emotivo."Furgul emerse dalla caverna e levò il muso verso il sole.Era bello essere vivi.Sapeva dov'era stato, ma non sapeva dove sarebbe andato.La strada libera e selvaggia continuava a chiamarlo."
Good dog book.
En 2010, La Religion de Tim Willocks m’avait fortement impressionnée, l’occasion de lire autre chose du même auteur s’est présentée lors du FIRN de Frontignan, où j’ai eu la chance de rencontrer Tim Willocks. Oui, mesdames et messieurs, lui-même en personne en chair et en os. Joie ! L’occasion donc de faire dédicacer mon pavé exemplaire de La Religion ainsi que Bad City Blues, sans oublier son dernier roman, Doglands, lisible par nos morveux jeunes à partir de 12 ans. Pour éc [...]
This is a hard book to rate. The dog mythology, characterization, and plot pacing are well done, I really enjoyed those parts. I also liked how human conversations were depicted, for example, Dedbone's "Boast, boast, boast" and "Gloat, gloat, gloat". The author did a lot of research on puppy mills, greyhound racing, and animal cruelty; all of which are integral to the plot. Certain scenes are so accurate in regards to animal cruelty, I wanted to skip them. It's not that they are exceedingly grap [...]
Summary:Furgul is a puppy born in a slave camp for racing greyhounds, and he has a terrible secret--he is himself only part greyhound. When the cruel owner of the camp recognizes Furgul's impure origins he takes Furgul to be killed, but Furgal manages a spectacular escape. Now Furgul must confront the indifference, complexity, warmth, and ferocity of the greater world, a world in which there seem to be two choices: live the comfortable life of a pet and sacrifice freedom or live the life of a fr [...]
The blurb on the cover compared this book to "Call of the Wild" and "Watership Down." To me, it seemed more like "Black Beauty." Furgul, the mixed breed son of Keeva, a champion greyhound, and Argal, an Irish wolfhound free dog, has many adventures trying to survive and find the legendary Doglands. Along the way, he survives a murderous attempt by his villainous owner Dedbone who does succeed in killing Furgul's two sisters. He meets allies and enemies along the way: Brennus, Dervla, Zinni, Baz [...]
Doglands est au départ un roman plutôt original car l’histoire est intégralement vue à travers les yeux d’un chien, Furgul, jeune batard lévrier/chien-loup né en Angleterre, dans un élevage illégal de lévriers de course. Le récit, construit comme une quête initiatique, est bourré d’humour et décrit des situations parfois très intenses en émotions. L’écriture est vive, imagée et ne laisse pas au lecteur le temps de s’ennuyer. L’auteur, en nous faisant partager la visi [...]
Ça pourrait être une histoire pour enfants, mais ça ne l'est pas. Cest bien plus profond, bien trop brutal et percutant, aussi, pour l'etre. J'imaginé qu'il faut aimer les animaux, et plus spécifiquement les chiens, pour aimer ce livre à sa juste valeur, mais en ce qui me concerne, je suis épatée par la justesse qui semble sourdre de chaque mot qu'écrit Willocks, par l'absence totale de "trop" là où d'autres se seraient embourbés dans la surenchère. C'est beau, et ça mérite d'êtr [...]
I really liked this book!!! It's a great story from the point of view of a dog named Furgul, who must escape from his home in a greyhound breeding thing because his father was a wild dog instead of a greyhound. As he learns to survive as a pet or in the wild, he has to choose what kind of dog he wants to be and find out if he can discover the doglands- where wild and free dogs find home. I really recommend this book for anyone who likes animals/dogs or is just looking for an adventure!
Wow this book was amazing. It let my mind wander. It was like I was part of the book. I recommend this book. If you are a dog lover you will love this book! This gives you a glimpse at what it's like to be a dog and look at humans.I liked it because it showed me how a dog feels about animal abuse and makes me want to be kinder to my dog and I now know how she feels. I hope that this also helps all young people that dogs should be respected.
Wonderful story. Action packed, and moves along like wildfire. Full of insightful commentary on the treatment of animals by humans.Willocks's take on a dog's view of the absurdities regarding the way humans try to manage dogs as pets is priceless. But, be warned, his take on the cruelty that some humans subject dogs to is quite heartbreaking.Adults will enjoy it too.
Malgré les bonnes critiques et récompenses, je n'ai pas réussi à entrer en résonance avec ce livre. La violence et les retournements rocambolesques ont eu raison de moi et de ma patience.Ouf. J'en ai fini avec ce livre, passons à autre chose.
This story is about a dog named Furgul and his adventure. The story is very interesting because it has an adventure about a dog. I like this story because it meets more dogs and people. People should read this story cause then that person can tell other people to read this story
Brilliant book laughed, cried & cheered. Full of cliches & sentiment but it works wonderfully. It's a wonder Disney hasn't made it into a flick though might be a little too dark of the best books I've read.
I like how the author wrote this book on dogs and how some of them dont have any freedom to be a free dog.
Ingenious but ends with cliffhanger.
Very Interesting book, a very good read, similar to Erin Hunter and Christopher Holt Books.
Prenant mais dérangeant : il n'y a qu'un seul humain gentil dans tout le livre et encore c'est une "meurtrière" repentie.
One of my favourite books of all time. Read it in a day (which is quite unusual for me)
I thought this book was the best. I thought it was really emotional and i made me cry.
This book was so good I really got into it finishing it in a couple of hours. I really wish the book was longer or it had another book
Best dog fiction since The Call of the Wild
it was sad emotional and sweet
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