Grizwall is a collection of short stories that share the life of a dog , who got to experience many things in his life from Bears and porcupines to helicopters, planes, and rains. These are a few of his adventures I have tried to share in a entertaining way. Enjoy...........hopefully :)...
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MY REVIEW:Create Space Independent Publishing Platform|January 22, 2014|Trade Paperback|ISBN: 9781495268373Randy Dingwall has written this book in memory of his best friend, "Grizwall". Grizwall, adopted from the S.P.C.A. in Salmon Arm, British Columbia was a gorgeous looking dog with "a lion's man protecting his throat and a white coat that took on a creamy colour along his back" and he was one huge dog. The adventures that Randy and Grizwall had together will make you laugh and cry. Grizwall certainly had a mind of his own and knew what he wanted. He was an intelligent animal except when it came to meeting porcupines!The story is told in alternating voices between Randy and Grizwall himself and Grizwall tells a good story. GRIZWALL is one of those "feel good" books that will leave you yearning for more. And, Grizwall is a dog you won't soon forget, you'll remember him and his antics long after the last page has been turned. I'll definitely be recommending GRIZWALL as a book not to miss.I look forward to more novels by Randy Dingwall in the future. I would like to thank Mr. Dingwall for sending me a copy of his book in exchange for a fair and honest review. The words above are purely my own.
‘Now if we let Grizwall tell the whole story we would get lost in a timeless world, with no future or past..’In this delightful book, written in memory of his dog Grizwall, Randy Dingwall alternates his own perspective of different events of a period of close to fourteen years with those of Grizwall. It’s easy to follow who is talking; Grizwall’s contribution is in an italic font accompanied by a photograph of him.Grizwall was adopted from the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) in Salmon Arm, British Columbia. From the photograph on the cover of the book, and Randy Dingwall’s description of him, Grizwall was a handsome looking big dog: ‘a lion’s mane protecting his throat and a white coat that took on a creamy color along his back.’Randy and Grizwall have a series of adventures: from helicopter travel to exploring porcupines, Grizwall is a very curious dog and a very special companion. It’s not hard to imagine Randy Dingwall and Grizwall as a team.Now they are elderly, my own dogs are less adventurous than Grizwall – for which I am grateful.I enjoyed this book, and I think anyone who loves pets and especially those who have had a special dog (or two) in their lives would really enjoy Grizwall’s stories. This book brought a smile to my face on almost every page, and I felt like I knew Grizwall well before the end.Yes, the presentation of the book would have benefitted from more careful proof reading. But the typos and occasional incorrect homophones didn’t really interfere with the flow of the story. In this collection of stories, meaning is more important than language.By the end of the book, I wanted to know more about Grizwall. I’m hoping that Randy Dingwall will publish some more of his and Grizwall’s adventures.Note: I was offered, and accepted, a copy of this book for review purposes. I am glad that I did.Jennifer Cameron-Smith
As usual I received this book free in exchange for a review. Also as usual I will be absolutely candid about it in spite of the kind consideration of a free book delivered unto mine doorstep.The nutshell view of this book is that it's a parallel dual memoir of a man and his dog. The man's thoughts appear interleaved with those presumed thoughts of his dog as they muck about in the wilds of Canada having all manner of rather random adventures.On the positive side, this is a book with quite a bit of heart. It's advertised as a tribute to a boon companion now passed on. Like all dog owners Grizwall has felt the joys of having a dog and the sorrows of suddenly not having a dog and he pours his heart and his memories into this book with great candor and openness. Unfortunately, all the candor and openness in the world cannot compensate for the poor execution of this book. It is rife with typos and misused words and completely lacks professionalism. Like many of its ilk it is in need of a good sound editing both for grammar and for content. The rambling and sometimes poor text aside, the pictures included in the book are also in need of attention. Each time before the dog in the story speaks his picture appears in the margins. Very sadly the way the picture is cropped makes it look as if the dog is in some sort of pain or twisted into a very uncomfortable position. The effect is rather unsettling.In summary, the author has a good idea but has simply failed to execute on it. This is, at best, the rough draft for a book that needs several more weeks of attention before it is sufficiently polished and deserving of sale to the general populous.
Randy Dingwall wrote this book as a tribute to his dog, Grizwall. It's not a polished and slickly edited book, but the real man shines through in the simple, heartfelt writing. He and Grizwall lived in a van and a cabin while working in the Pacific Northwest (picking mushrooms, planting trees), and they were inseparable. They tangle with bears, porcupines, other dogs, and enjoy a life free of office cubicles and the burdens most of us carry. I was a little envious of the carefree life they enjoyed.I hope Mr. Dingwall expands on this book (which is really a collection of essays) and can get a good editor to help, because I know he has enough stories about his life with Grizwall to entertain many people.I'm giving this book 4 stars for the content and the love I felt while reading it. If you've ever loved a dog, you'll enjoy this book.