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The Marvelous Misfits of Westminster

by Andrea Hahnfeld

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Short, curious read, involving dogs! Sometimes, this is all you need - a dog. Or, the dog.
It is very easy to read, pacing smooth and the story sucks you in, because only towards the end of it, you start to get the grasp of what kind of message it carries.
It could easily grow into a bigger book or series of stories. I would love it to. ( )
1 vote Anybodyy | May 20, 2021 |
🐾 When I started reading “The Marvelous Misfits of Westminster”, I found myself in a catch-22 situation: Should I devour the book or slow down my reading pace so the story would last longer? I just did not want it to end! I fell for the story immediately. It’s told through the eyes of Clement with whom I felt an instant connection. His feelings and insecurities are described in such an authentic, vivid way. In fact, that could be said about all characters in “The Marvelous Misfits of Westminster”, including the dogs. I felt like I was part of the story.
In the end, the surprising plot twists made me follow Clement eagerly on his journey that’s full of questions unanswered.
This is a book for lovers of good stories, and pets of any kind. Honestly, aren’t all pets shadow hunters at heart? 🐾 ( )
2 vote Jasmin_Borr | Apr 25, 2021 |
I highly recommend going down this story rabbit hole! The plot pulled me in immediately. Once I’d entered the world of the Marvelous Misfits, I didn’t want to leave it—or rather, I couldn’t. I had to know where this was going. I especially liked Clement, the disgraced dog show judge. Right from the start, he’s a man with a mission—but boy was I surprised with the mission he ended up with. Note to author: Please do write more Misfit stories! ( )
1 vote Christian_Schoemer | Apr 24, 2021 |
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A curious and delightfully well written book about a group of unlikely friends and lovers. I enjoyed their mysterious quest and message of hope to save lives and love as they confront being righteous with just doing the right thing. Following the journey of this quirky team of misfits and their prophetic dogs will leave you wanting more. What happens next to Edith? Will we ever know? What about the shadow? “Now you’ll always have Hope. Keep her close. She’s special. I’ve made sure.” ( )
1 vote KatoJustus | Apr 20, 2021 |
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A fast, fun read. A promising debut from a new author. ( )
1 vote egumeny | Apr 20, 2021 |
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Dieses Buch bringt einen definitiv zum Lächeln!

Das Cover finde ich sehr schön gestaltet und man fragt sich gleich, welche Geschichte einen da wohl erwartet.

Flüssiger Stil, man konnte das Buch gut lesen. Die Geschichte fand ich von Anfang an interessant und lustig, das Buch hat mich immer wieder zum lächeln gebracht.
 
Interessant und unterhaltsam

Die Geschichte über Clement und sein Treffen mit einem sehr sonderbaren Hund und dessen noch sonderbareren Besitzern ist zwar kurz, aber trotzdem fehlt es der Story an nichts. Die Charaktere sind interessant und auf Anhieb symphatisch, auch wenn die Hunts etwas merkwürdig sind. Auch der Schreibstil überzeugt auf ganzer Linie.

Alles in allem ist "The Marvelous Misfits of Westminster" eine sehr gelungene Geschichte.
 
Die Geschichte fängt mysteriös an und bleibt mit einem Fragezeichen im Gesicht zurück.

Dann geht es weiter mit Clement, gescheitert privat und auch beruflich - warum auch immer - bekommt er Wieder die Chance beruflich Fuß zu fassen. Diese Chance möchte Clement auch nutzen, bis er auf seine große Liebe Edith trifft, die auch eine gemeinsame traurige Geschichte teilen. Das wirft ihn ein wenig aus dem Takt.

Als Clement sich vom Trubel vor dem Wettkampf kurz zurückziehen möchte, trifft er auf ein seltsames Paar mit einem noch seltsameren Hund: Irving! Clement erfährt, dass Irving den Wettkampf gewinnen muss, da sonst Edith sterben muss, weil sie von einem mysteriösen Schatten befallen wird. Nur Irving und seine Nachkommen sind in der Lage Edith zu retten. Kann Clement den „Hässlichen“ Irving zum Zuchthundsieger küren? Und kann er über seine Differenzen mit Edith hinwegsehen? Und wie kann Edith gerettet werden?

Ein kleines Meisterwerk, allerdings nur, wenn man wirklich englisch gut beherrschst.

Die Autorin hat jedes Wort gut durchdacht und man könnte wahrscheinlich einige stunden verbringen, um die genaue Symbolik hinter jeder Begebenheit zu erfassen. Die Figuren, die Stimmung und die Dialoge sind sehr gut ausgearbeitet und man befindet sich mitten in der Geschichte.

Ich habe wirklich schon lange keine Kurzgeschichte mehr gelesen, die so gut schriftstellerisch umgesetzt wurde.

Obwohl die Geschichte natürlich offene Fragen hinterlässt, müssen die nicht unbedingt in einer Fortsetzung gelöst werden, da dies der Stimmung des Buches schaden würde.
 
Eine einzigartig komisch-lustige Geschichte

Was für eine Geschichte. So etwas habe ich noch nie gelesen und ich muss sagen, dass es mir sehr gefallen hat.

Da es eher eine Kurzgeschichte ist, lernt man nicht übermäßig viel aber genau richtig viel über die Figuren. Die Geschichte ist gut zu lesen und zwar teilweise voraussehbar, aber das passt absolut. Ich wollte, dass zumindest "Vor Drei Monaten" so ausgeht.

Irgendwie möchte ich mehr von den Dreien lesen.
 
Andrea Hahnfeld has written the beginnings of a delightful short story but unfortunately leaves the reader wanting more. The plot is compelling, and the characters are interesting, but neither is well developed. The writing style is in the present tense and narrated in the first person by Clement the disgraced dog show judge.

The reader first briefly meets Cynthia with a hidden past and links to the Price of Wales but not much else is said about her. The story quickly moves past her leaving unanswered questions.
We then meet the mysterious Hunts, Haimi and Harvey, along with their Eppinger dog Irving. Clement is outraged that they would try to show an unknown breed, and a dog so obviously unworthy to be in the Westminster Dog Show.

Clement is briefly reunited with the love of his life Edith, but the reader never knows much about their backstory.

This story feels more like a brief proposal for a novel with some key scenes and not a completed story. Major events are passed by. The reader never sees the Eppinger, Irving, participate in the dog show. Nothing is shown what happens later. Story questions are not satisfactorily answered.

Dog lovers will be disappointed that so little is revealed by the Eppingers. There was so much missed opportunity to develop the characters further and to elaborate on the plot. An adequate read but too short. I give this story 3 stars.
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The Hunts and I are parked at the shabby side of the center of the universe, a little away from her trailer.
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This skin ain't joking.
Sure? - Dead sure. Even had it branded.
Earthy with a hint of bad wolf.
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What if dogs were not only man's best friend - but also his last hope? Clement is a disgraced dog show judge whose wife, Edith, left him under mysterious circumstances. When he is asked to step in as a last-minute substitute to judge at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, he learns two things: Edith is about to be killed by a shadow and it’s up to him to prevent it.

According to the Hunts, the only way to save Edith is making sure Irving, a hideous mongrel dog with special abilities, wins Best in Show.

This heart-hugging story about love, loss, and hope features memorable characters. The story was inspired by T. S. Garp’s first story, "The Pension Grillparzer" (part of John Irving's novel "The World According to Garp"). If you liked the short story Garp writes to win Helen's heart, you might also enjoy "The Marvelous Misfits of Westminster."
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Back at Westminster
Clement meets a strange mongrel.
Will he save his love?

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