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My Dog Skip by Willie Morris

My Dog Skip (original 1995; edition 1996)

by Willie Morris

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Title:My Dog Skip
Authors:Willie Morris
Info:Vintage (1996), Paperback, 128 pages
Collections:Reviewed, Read but unowned
Tags:non-fiction, the ultimate reading list - science, memoir, biography, Mississippi, autobiography, pets, dogs

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My Dog Skip by Willie Morris (1995)


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The people who love this book--and lots and lots do--I'm practically unique in failing to be charmed--call this "sweet" and "charming." It's about a dog, Skip, who Willie Morris got as a gift at nine-years-old in 1943. And more than that, it's about his life growing up with his dog in Mississippi. I guess I kept waiting for a plot to show up. But this isn't To Kill a Mockingbird. Or Sounder. Or anything I could find that resembled a plot. I think this is too... gentle a story for the likes of me. Too anecdotal. With prose called "spare" in the blurbs I found just too simplistic. And for me the book was about as exciting as being taken through someone else's family album. If there was any conflict (which is just about the definition of plot) I surely missed it. At least at 118 pages it was short. ( )
  LisaMaria_C | Dec 2, 2012 |
  BRCSBooks | Sep 15, 2011 |
I wanted to love this book, but I came away from reading it wondering what all the fuss was about. A good and gentle story of a good and gentle dog and his good and gentle boy. ( )
  debnance | Jan 29, 2010 |
We all remember our favorite dogs. I wish my parents had left a story on Com a Runnin. Copper, our English Setter, dead too soon was always with us. Hopefully we find him in after life. Now there is Miss Bodine, who my daughter inherited from her father. He loved his last dog.
  carterchristian1 | Mar 24, 2009 |
3527. My Dog Skip, by Willie Morris (read 13 Jan 2002) I am a kind of sucker for kid-like dog stories, as exemplified by the great enthusiasm I have for books such as Where the Red Fern Grows (read 28 May 1994) and The Dog Who Wouldn't Be (read 24 Nov 1986). This book is a little (122 pages) flawlessly written non-fiction account of the author's boyhood dog, set in Yazoo City, Miss. (He doesn't say where he grew up, but one can figure it out from the
text.) This was an unexpectedly moving story, and the ending broke me up, naturally. ( )
1 vote Schmerguls | Oct 7, 2007 |
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To Anne-Clinton and Winston Groom, to their dog Forrest Gump - and to everyone else who ever loved a dog
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I came across a photograph of him not long ago, his black face with the long snout sniffing at something in the air, his tail straight and pointing, his eyes flashing in some momentary excitement.
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Now a major motion picture form Warner Brothers, starring Kevin Bacon, Diane Lane, Luke Wilson, Frankie Muniz, and "Eddie" from the TV show Frasier (as Skip), and produced by Mark Johnson (Rain Man).

In 1943 in a sleepy town on the banks of the Yazoo River, a boy fell in love with a puppy with a lively gait and an intellingent way of listening.  The two grew up together having the most wonderful adventures.  A classic story of a boy, a dog, and small-town America, My Dog Skip belongs on the same shelf as The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Russell Baker's Growing Up.  It will enchant readers of all ages for years to come.

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