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West with Giraffes: A Novel Kindle Edition
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“West with Giraffes is truly a fun read…I [can’t] imagine a reading list that would not contain Lynda Rutledge’s astonishing novel.” —Old Naples News
“Every year I find at least one book that soars above all the others. This year West With Giraffes is that book.” —Florida Times Union
“A flawless novel.” —Austin American-Statesman
“A perfect balance between history and fiction.” —POPSUGAR
“[A] larger-than-life story about the power of both animal magnetism and human connection…witty, charming, and heartwarming.” —Booklist
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I’ll never forget Woody, the young Dust Bowl survivor, and his curmudgeonly older boss. The challenges they endure on the trip end up teaching young Woody indelible life lessons about fate, love, and life. From truck breakdowns to circus con artists, from meeting the woman of your dreams to visions of life in California, this is the kind of laugh, cry, tell-a-friend read that you long for. Grab a blanket and a cup of tea, and enjoy this wild road trip.
- Danielle Marshall, Editor
- ASIN : B088FF4S7Q
- Publisher : Lake Union Publishing (February 1, 2021)
- Publication date : February 1, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 14430 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 346 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #312 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This book was acquired through my daughter's Amazon account and shared via the Family Library. This feature can significantly increase your access to First Reads books! :)
Poignant to read as Woodrow Wilson Nickel recounts his memories of the Wild Girl and the Wild Boy... He had never seen a giraffe previously, and he explains their likes and dislikes well. Staring into Wild Girl's eyes and feeling her stare back at him, I believe that was 'love at first sight'.
The reader will learn about the Dust Bowl and the effects it had on the ones who lived through it....including Woodrow. Just imagine having your entire family wiped out during those days and the effect that a survivor would always carry with him. Incredible.
The articles from the various newspapers are included so the reader will be able to read the historical story of the giraffes. Western Union telegrams are included as well... (The Zoom is in effect so one can easily read these portions). I felt that these contributed greatly to this novel.
Old age has hit Woodrow and being a patient in the VA has its moments, for sure. He is bound and determined to write his story before he dies. And, he explains his love for the giraffes so powerfully. We should be so lucky to encounter these animals and get to know them so well...up close and personal.
As Woodrow Wilson Nickel states at the beginning: "Few true friends have I known and two were giraffes'...A lucky man, indeed.
If one is a lover of nature, this is a perfect novel to read. It is at the very top of the ones I have read in the First Read offerings. The author manages to weave the historical aspects into the text to give the readers that part of the story...Lots in this one and am so pleased to have selected this for January 2021.
My highest recommendation. Truly excellent...
The main character, a 17 years old Woody, is far from being a model citizen, he survived very harsh times and is determined to keep surviving by all means available. Traveling with Woody, Old Men, a female photographer, and with giraffes from coast to coast is full of dangerous undertaking and gives reader a fascinating picture of USA in 1938. But, most of all, the story is about building relationships with other people and with animals.
I loved that the plot is loosely based on true event and enjoyed authentic newspaper clippings and correspondence from these times. I longed for a map and a drawing of the rig. I did not enjoyed as much the short interrupting chapters from year 2025 when very old Woody writes his memoirs. But they add a little of nostalgic/poetic touch and (fortunately) are very short and not distracting from the main plot.
Bottom line: Although I fully agree with the citation at first page of this book (“ Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.“), one does not need to be an animal lover to enjoy this story. It is much more about people and US history than about animals.
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What a beautiful story. A story of self sacrifice, a story of humanity and of animals. I cannot even begin in words to fully say how amazing this book is. But I truly and thoroughly enjoyed every bump in the road as those giraffes were transported from one coast of America to the other.
Lynda Rutledge is an excellent writer and tells an offbeat story with charm, wit, and intelligence. I completely fell in love with the giraffes – and giraffes in general – as the historical facts of their amazing journey from the east to the west coast of America were blended with fiction. Along the way, we get to glimpse a bit of what life was like in the Depression era, and experience seeing the world, learning about life and himself, and falling in love through Woody’s eyes. I can highly recommend this unique and extremely well-written book and will be looking out for more novels by this author.
I give thanks that there was a writer able to let me live an adventure such as this one; to see the things she describes so well and to feel the emotions she evokes in a reader’s minds is such a privilege.
The book is for anyone with even the tiniest bit of worry that we shall soon be living in a human overpopulated world full of humankind and bereft of nature.
We cannot let it happen.
Read the book, enjoy the story and when it ends stop to think... then fight for man’s common sense to prevail, the greed to stop and and the wildlife to be saved... somehow.