Writer: Eleanor Atkinson
Publisher: Gramedia Pustaka Utama (2010)
Pages: 277 p
Swapped with Mia
What a simple book. That’s my first thought when I started to read this book. It’s a story about a dog called Bobby, who spent his life in Edinburgh, Scotland, more than a century ago. Bobby was a cute and smart skye terrier, who chose his own master, a poor shepherd named Auld Jock. Even though Bobby’s real owner was a little girl, the farmer’s own daughter, who lived where Auld Jock worked, Bobby fell in love with Auld Jock since he was very little.
Bobby was a faithful dog, he was always there for Auld Jock, through thick and thin, until his master’s very last day. He still tried to be there for Auld Jock even though his master had already left this world. Every night, Bobby stayed on Auld Jock’s grave, his feelings for his master never changed. Although dogs are not allowed inside Greyfriars Cemetery, Bobby tried so hard to persuade Mr. Brown, the guard there, by using his own cute little ways, until they finally became good friends. Bobby also found a family among the people lived near the cemetery, poor kids living in poor flats, orphan boys studying in a school near there, and Mr. Traill, a diner owner who loved Bobby almost like Auld Jock loved him.
Bobby faced many challenges and adventures, but there’s always someone who would help him, since everybody loved this cute little dog who was very faithful to his old master.
Reading an “oldies” (or classic) like this, we need extra patience, since sometimes there were too many details in every page. The plot was really slow, even though the story itself was very beautiful. But you need a good mood to read this kind of book. All in all, I love how the writer drew the beauty of Scotland through her words, making me wanted to jump right there inside the pages, to the green,breezy Scotland, with cute Bobby running beside me =)
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