I did not want to read the book at first because I had no interest in reading a tale about a boy and his dog. However, on the recommendation of a friend, I decided to pick it up. It did turn out to be a book about much more than that.
Edgar Sawtelle contained elements of mystery, murder, family, romance, fantasy, coming of age, survival and more. It covered every human and animal emotion possible. It explored their relationships and loyalites as the tale developed about a family that raises an imaginary "breed of dog" as their way of life. True dog lovers should love this book.
The characters of man and beast were very well developed but I found the book tedious at times and overly long with the last 100+ or so pages holding my interest more firmly than most of the first 400+. It is a good book to take along on a vacation when you can read leisurely and have lots of time.