Saturday, 4 November 2017

#37 A book with an animal protagonist

Greyfriars Bobby  - Eleanor Atkinson

Greyfriars Bobby is based on  a supposedly true tale of a Skye terrier named Bobby who adores his old, poor and loving master Auld Jock. When his old master dies and is buried in Greyfrairs Kirkyard, Bobby lovingly devotes the rest of his life to stay by his maste's grave. Gradually the folks around the area, including the caretaker of the graveyard Mr. Brown, takes a special liking towards this active and devoted young dog and takes care of him and keeps him sheltered against many calamities.

Bobby is fed at the nearby tavern regularly, plays with the abandoned children and becomes in his own short life span, a living legend. Even when they tried to take him away and give Bobby a proper home in a farm, Bobby escapes from there after several attempts and comes back by nightfall to sleep on his master’s grave. He does this without fail for fourteen years after his beloved master's death. 
From the very first page, Bobby will steal your hearts with his winsome ways and tender love he has for his master.Since it is set in the Scottish highlands, the dialect used throughout the book will be a tough one to follow, but with the help of the glossary at the back it becomes comprehensible. For instance:
Walt Disney's 1961 movie

“Eh, Bobby! Nae doot ye’re fair satisfied wi’ yer ainsel’ (which means, ‘Eh, Bobby! No doubt you are fair satisfied with yourself!’)

After a while, it can be easily understood and was thoroughly enjoyable to read it out loud too :)

This heart-warming tale left me teary eyed in places. In the end a monument is erected in Bobby’s memory and this can still be seen today.

“I want to put up a monument to the nameless man who inspired such love, and to the little dog that was capable of giving it!”

Statue dedicated to Bobby still stands in Edinburgh
In that old garden of souls Bobby will always be present. It is easily one of the most beloved stories with an animal protagonist that one can come across. 

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