At its heart, "Rin Tin Tin" is a poignant exploration of the enduring bond between humans and animals. But it is also a richly textured history of 21st-century entertainment and entrepreneurship and the changing role of dogs in the American family and society.At its heart, "Rin Tin Tin" is a poignant exploration of the enduring bond between humans and animals. But it is also a richly textured history of 21st-century entertainment and entrepreneurship and the changing role of dogs in the American family and society.Read Less
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I picked this book up with great anticipation, as I grew up with Rin Tin Tin. Well, his great-great grandson or sometthing like that! The writing style is not my favorite as the story is presented from a reporter's perspective more than a story teller's. The thread that ran through the book was the dysfunction of the dog's master. The man never found healing and that set a somber tone for me. Truthfully, I did not finish the book. Some might enjoy it if they are interested in learning a bit of the history of dogs in entertainment and war.
Dec 8, 2011
I wanted to like this book more than I did. The story takes many strange turns and was haunted by crazy people. It is not the author's fault, and she followed the tale where it lead her. In some ways it's a tale of greed and in others it's about love and loyalty. It's less about the dog(s) than the people who exploited them.
Publishers Weekly, 2011-07-11 With this stirring biographical history, Orlean follows up her bestselling The Orchid Thief with another tale of passion and dedication overcoming adversity and even common sense-this one centering on Rin Tin Tin, the German shepherd who founded a film and TV dynasty. After spending a lonely childhood in an orphanage, the young soldier Lee Duncan discovers on the battlefield of WWI France the puppy that will make a name for him as one of Hollywood's top dog trainers, and become his life's guiding purpose. The book follows Rin Tin Tin's trajectory from early Hollywood's "Poverty Row," where Duncan sought the dog's first film deal, to international celebrity in silent films, radio shows, and TV programs. Though Rin Tin Tin's contracts began to lapse in later years, Duncan never ceased grooming canine successors and shopping around scripts, and producer Bert Leonard lived on friends' couches as he poured money into colorizing old episodes of The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin. Orlean directs a sympathetic gaze toward these men so haunted by their memories of the dog that swept them into stardom. Even readers coming to Rin Tin Tin for the first time will find it difficult to refrain from joining Duncan in his hope that Rin Tin Tin's legacy will "go on forever." (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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