Walking With Zeke
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Walking With Zeke is a moving naturalist’s journal about an aging dog, the people who loved him, and the wildlife-filled neighborhood in which he spent his last months.
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Jan 26, 2010This review calls the book is an instant classic, and says that the reviewer will definitely read it every year. This sentence proceeds to give a synopsis of the book, which reveals that the reviewer has clearly not actually read the book but has probably just found this site through one of the author's blog posts.
Jan 10, 2010A neighbor saw me walking my dog one day and said, "You walking with your dog reminds me of the book Walking with Zeke by Chris Clarke... C-L-A-R-K-E. It's one of my favorite books. It's...(brief pause)...wow...(pauses, voice cracking with emotion) really something." I knew then that I absolutely had to read this book and ordered it right away. This book is a must read for anyone that loves nature and especially for those who have ever had a dog as a best friend. The descriptions of nature, of Zeke, and the author's sincere love for his best friend are poetry - spectacularly vivid. This book is one of the most profoundly moving books I have ever read. With each turn of the page, Zeke captivated my heart more and more. At the end of the book my heart ached deeply, mourning the loss of Zeke.
Dec 6, 2009I loved this book. Anyone who has loved a dog and watched it age will identify with this book. Chris is a great writer and there is a lot of nature observation in this book. It is heartfelt and if you had read Chris' blog, you'd already know what a talented writer he is. I first "met" Zeke on Chris' blog. As a community, we watched numbly as Chris and Becky took care of Zeke his last few months and offered what solace we could. The book is a testament to his love for Zeke.
Sep 14, 2009"What a great book !" To be honest, I loved this book. I am a dog lover and this one really had me going. I think anyone who reads this will at least have some interest, the book has a good plot. I just wanted to leave a quick comment I have to get some cheap party supplies for my friends birthday. Hopefully I can find some similar books by this author to read in the future. Thanks
Jul 11, 2008"The undeserved gift" Chris Clarke is a science and nature writer, so his gift for description of the landscapes of the West – both urban and wild – is an unsurprisingly gorgeous element of "Walking With Zeke." What is surprising is the degree to which Clarke captures the deep love possible between creatures of different species; through sidelong glances and implicit trust, occasional bouts of ferocious play and shared dreaming, daily walks and the painful shifts of aging, the culture of dogs and the people in love with them unfolds as clearly and viscerally as the last years of Zeke's life do. There is no shying away from the hard parts here - the failures (and their motivating force to do better next time), the impossible choices, the final brutality of loss – but neither is there saccharine in the carefully described dailiness and mutual regard that makes a lifelong bond. In this portrait of the last years of a beloved dog's life, Clarke illustrates what it... More > is to be human – then reminds us to forget it just enough to be able to love with some small percentage of the devotion our dogs offer us.< Less
Jun 21, 2008"Inter-species love" I was raised a suburbanite, so what I don't know about nature fills libraries full of books. Chris Clarke's lucid, menschy prose always reminds me that even on the edges of an enormous city, we are still in the natural world. It's too easy to forget that a pet is a member of another species. Those golden retrievers, those chocolate labs, those Huskies and Keeshonds and terriers that populate the serried developments -- members of another species. That vegetation all around us -- every landscaped leaf of it has its name, whether we ignorant, arrogant humans have bothered to be introduced or not, and every blade of crabgrass is another species with which we coexist, an Other Species going about its business, not always as subject to us as we think. I'm making it sound too intellectual, too arid. Here's the thing: the key to love is recognizing the otherness of the beloved. Right? Don't you agree, you who love? Don't you notice that too, that when you try... More > to force the one you love to bend to your will--even just to your taste--that somehow it doesn't feel as though what you're doing is loving? Chris's love for his dog Zeke jumps from the page like a glinting trout from a river (do trout jump from rivers? hell if I know), and yet his love is that of a biologist, a naturalist, an environmentalist, a scientist. It's obviously, humblingly, a much deeper love for that perspective.< Less
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- Standard Copyright License
- April 18, 2008
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 0.84 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6 wide x 9 tall
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