Here is a review of “The Story of Edgar Sawtelle” by Marti Ronemus of York:
I just finished reading “The Story of Edgar Sawtelle” and I have to talk to someone about it. I can’t think of any superlatives strong enough to recommend it, but if you want a “good read” that is going to pass into our culture and become “literature,” this would be it.
I often think one of the differences between a “good read” and “literature” is whether the book is plot-driven or character-driven, and how big are the themes.
This book has it all. If you read the beginning carefully, you won’t be surprised by the ending, but you will be stunned by the execution of the final scenes. The themes are the biggest: The effect of evil, the redeeming power of love, the definition of “human” and “soul,” and more.
If you want to be able to say you were in at the beginning, get this book now. Don’t wait for paperback, and skip the movie when it most certainly arrives.
To read the first chapter of “The Story of Edgar Sawtelle” by David Wroblewski, go here.