Staff Picks: Arthur - The Dog Who Crossed the Jungle to Find A Home

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Thursday, August 29, 2019

It is an inspiring and thought-provoking book which sheds light on the plight of all stray dogs regardless of their origin.

I picked up this book on the new non-fiction book section at the Guildford Library.  I had seen a news story about the adoption of Arthur and was excited that Arthur’s guardian had written an account of their adventure together.  The book is written by adventure racing enthusiast Mikael Lindnord.  The first chapters of the book are a bit tedious because Lindnord takes great lengths to describe his early years growing up in Norway and how he became involved in what he calls adventure racing.  However, once he begins to recount his initial encounter with a stray dog which he names Arthur while racing with his team in Ecuador the narration picks up.  It is hard not to fall in love with this story.  The ordeal that Arthur must endure to first keep up with the team racing through treacherous terrain in Ecuador and the subsequent adoption process becomes an adventure race in itself that determines the fate of both Arthur and Lindnord.  I would highly recommend Arthur, The Dog Who Crossed the Jungle to Find a Home if you can get past the first few chapters and the rather clunky writing style.  It is an inspiring and thought-provoking book which sheds light on the plight of all stray dogs regardless of their origin (Submitted by Shane)

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