Book Review: The Great Escape by Susan Daycategories: Book, Secret Organisation, Dogs
Author: Susan Day
Publisher: Susan Day
Delightful & Enjoyable: Astro's Escape From Heaven on EarthThis is a delightful, enjoyable story for readers of all ages, from children to parents to grandparents and beyond. It is humorous, fast-paced, with well-developed characters that you will find adorable. And yes, the story has a message, a takeaway that is both inspiring and worthy of reflection after the reading is done. The protagonist, Astro (my favorite), is a dynamic character, taking you through his personal evolution from empathetic, sympathy-evoking character to one who must be taught a lesson in humility for his own good. The plot structure is therefore what Booker would call, "Rebirth" The Seven Basic Plots: Why We Tell Stories by Christopher Booker (Jan 9 2006).
Astro totally loses my sympathy when he mistakes his situation and actually desires to "escape from Heaven on Earth." This character flaw in Astro is a human characteristic. Author Susan Day does a masterful job in developing this profound moment in the story, before bringing Astro to confront reality. This makes his opportunity of redemption a satisfying and welcome turn of events. I always enjoy stories in which animals have the power of speech. The animals' POV is always enlightening. This is definitely true in this book. Author Susan Day has an important message for all readers of this book. First, allow me to quote from the book: (quote) "...people are becoming wealthier, they have generously given their dogs more care and comfort at unprecedented levels." (end of quote)
This is not true for all animals. Susan is aware of this fact, and is concerned about these less fortunate amimals. She dedicates the book, "...to all the dogs of the world that don't have a warm bed to curl up in, toys to play with or a cat to chase. Proceeds from the sale of this book will go to rescue shelters to help you all." This is a highly recommended, entertaining book, and definitely a social cause worthy of support. [by Thomas Jerome Baker]
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