Good. No dust jacket. Wartime printing, exact date not given. Some wear to cover. Page edges deckled with some chipping, staining, and discoloration. Binding worn but strong, text clean. All proceeds from purchases from BooksKC go to benefit the Rehabilitation Institute of Kansas City, a nonprofit organization which provides job services, training, and employment to individuals with disabilities.
Fair. Heavy warping and notable wear to cover, fraying at spine. Page edges deckled with notable staining, chipping, and discoloration. Notable staining to interior. Some corners folded. Binding worn but intact, text clear. Suitable as a reading copy if handled with care. All proceeds from purchases from BooksKC go to benefit the Rehabilitation Institute of Kansas City, a nonprofit organization which provides job services, training, and employment to individuals with disabilities.
Fair. Good copy for reading, may have heavy page wear with writing textual notes highlighting or be an heavily used ex library copy with library markings, stickers or stamps. Dust jacket or accessories may not be included.
Good Condition. No Dust Jacket. Moderate discoloring and wear; bent front cover; pages yellowing; good sound book. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Standard Weight. Category: Fiction; Inventory No: 101247.
While the stories are entertaining, they do seem a bit formulaic and lacking in the personal touch of the stories about the Sunnybank collies.
Jan 1, 2009
Dog Lovers Delight - This author is a MUST read!
A delightful surprise - I thought like many old books, it would be written in convoluted old-style prose, but no, this was a refreshing, delightfully easy read. It's easy to tell that this is a story written by a man - the emphasis was on action, the plot a little corny (like an early film).
But! The enchanting thing about this book is the engaging and insightful descriptions about the dog of the lead title - Buff. Terhune certainly is fondly intimate with dogs - particularly Collies - and his fondness and respect sparkles through his writing.
This book - full of short stories, not just about Buff - is a terrific example of how books about dogs are infinitely more enjoyable than simply watching a movie made of the story. The reader (you!) is introduced to new insights and observations that strengthens their own understanding and wisdom about dogs/collies. I learned how collies behave when fighting, and that they don't sprawl with their hind legs laid out behind them - apparently that's a terrier trait.
There are quite a few presumptions made about how a dog thinks - but they ring true, at least to my own observations of my dogs.
It's a pity that Albert Payson Terhune's works have fallen from the public mind. I will be resurrecting quite a few on my own website - those that are no longer in copyright - see the reviewer nickname as a clue of where this website is. Terhune's abundant body of works about dogs deserves to be resurrected for the 21st century.
Nov 29, 2007
Heartfelt stories from Mr. Terhune once again. If you love animals, you'll love this book.
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