Dogsbody is one of those books that I was irrationally prejudiced against. "A dog's point of view? I don't like books like that." But I should have trusted Diana Wynne Jones to make the best possible iteration of that plot line and to produce yet another book that I loved.
Sirius, the Dog Star, is punished for a crime he didn't commit by being banished to Earth and being reborn as a dog. His only hope of returning to his former glory is to find a power source that has also been lost on Earth. His trip almost ends prematurely when he is tossed in a sack with the rest of his litter and dropped in the river. Luckily, the Sun and Earth step in to save his life and his is rescued by young Kathleen. But Kathleen's life isn't easy either and perhaps Sirius will be the one to save her as well.
This was a much more complicated story than I thought it would be. There are discussions of identity, racial tolerance and human/animal nature. I was actually surprised by some of the issues that were presented--even briefly--like English/Irish tensions and IRA violence. Still, this novel was touching and smart and sweet. I was wrong to avoid this book and I can see why it is such a favorite for other readers.
Having faith that nature will out,
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