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Thursday, 21 July 2016

Lily and the Octopus Book Review



This is a story about that special someone: the one you trust, the one you can’t live without.

For Ted Flask, that someone special is his aging companion Lily, who happens to be a dog.


This was one of those books that I knew I was going to cry reading - and it didn't let me down!! But it was that perfect balance of lots of fun moments, with the sadness that you know is coming, that I can forgive the author for making me sob uncontrollably as I was reading it in the garden yesterday! Thankfully the neighbours were out so they didn't get to witness my breakdown!!

It's a really simple story that many of us as pet owners can understand so well.  That bond between an owner and their furbaby be it a cute dachsund like Lily in this story, or any other furry creature that comes into your life at certain moments and just captures your heart so that you can't imagine life without them.  So when they become ill you do all you can to try and 'fix' them.

Ted and Lily are the perfect example of man and dog and all they do together, including have wonderful chats and playing board games, and it is so heartwarming reading about all those happy times that they share.  That is until the Octopus shows up on the scene, and the clever way this is all dealt with just made the story for me.  Loved the magical realism element that added an extra twist to the way of dealing with the sadness and it was so beautifully written and perfect summed up the impact that even the smallest creature can have on a humans' life and thought process.

Highly recommeded for all!! 

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