Wild Dog is a captivating tale about the power of the natural world and its influence on humans. It tells the stories of two sets of people who sought to escape from the world. Franck and Lise rent a secluded house in the hills of France to escape the strains of modern life. Echoes from a dark past can be heard all over the property, where a German lion tamer took shelter with his cats decades ago. As the story unfolds, both sets of people begin to realize how similar they are to the wild that surrounds them.
The plot that Joncour spins is like a winding road, full of unexpected twists and turns. These twists and turns make the story interesting; they are the reason why the reader keeps reading, so the reader can find out what happens next. Not only did Joncour develop the plot well, but he knocked it out of the park with his character development. Each character is crafted carefully and deliberately. Because of this, readers are better able to understand and relate to the characters, which drives the plot. Another interesting thing Joncour does with his characters, is how he shows their growth and change. These changes make the characters real and help to move the story along.
One more thing that Joncour does really well is his use of descriptive language. The way he employs imagery makes possible for the reader to really visualize the scenes. Joncour’s message is the power and influence that the natural world holds. He also wants to make clear the effect nature has on us. He makes this clear by developing Franck’s character in response to the situation he finds himself in.
All in all, this is a good book. I would recommend this book for more mature readers who are interested in wildlife and human relations. I am sure many other kids (high school age) will love this book.
|Page Count||372 pages|
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