Schrödinger’s Dog: A Novel
Martin Dumont writes a work of realistic fiction that delves into the depth of a father’s love for his son. Schrodinger’s Dog follows Yanis, who is a single parent, and his son Pierre as they receive the life-altering news of Pierre’s cancer. With the deterioration of Pierre’s physical health and the prospect of his death, events in the book take a turn for the worst. All of this takes its toll on Yanis, who is left wondering what is to become of his precious son. Yanis is so distraught that he begins to act in a way that in completely uncharacteristic. He starts to smoke, he begins drinking more heavily and starts to take more and more risks. None of these things help him to cope with the tremendous amount of stress he is under. This compounded stress clouds his judgment and leads him to make a decision that may not have been the best one. He decides to lie to Pierre about the status of his book manuscript. Yanis lies to Pierre and tells him that a publisher picked up his book; Yanis even convinced the representative of the publisher to go along with his plan. The book is very well written with a lot of time put into developing the characters well. Personally, I didn’t really enjoy reading the book. I definitely appreciated Dumont’s skill as a writer and storyteller, however, this particular story wasn’t one that I connected with. With that being said, I would recommend this book to readers that like fiction that is rooted strongly in reality. This book addresses some very mature topics so I think it is more suitable for older readers, around high-school age. I think this a good book that lots of people will like, I just happen to not be one of them.
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