Firstly I would like to say that I am delighted to be on this Blog Tour for DAN KNEW by F. J Curlew
A Ukrainian street dog is rescued from certain death by an expat family. As he travels to new countries with them a darkness grows and he finds himself narrating more than just his story. More than a dog story. Ultimately it’s a story of escape and survival but maybe not his.
The world through Wee Dan’s eyes in a voice that will stay with you long after you turn that last page.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
This story centres round a young married couple and all the troubles they have in their everyday lives. The problems with drink, work and what seems like continual moving house and at times country, to live. Doesn’t sound much of a story really does it except this isn’t really their story. This is the story of Dan and his life but the unusual thing is Dan is a dog.
Dan, although nameless when the story begins, is one of the wild pack dogs that lives on the streets of the Ukraine until the day he tragically looses his family. His new ‘mum’ and ‘Him’ find Dan, who is still a puppy and take him home. The year is 2002.
I had to smile at how Dan sees the world and his role in it. His instinct tells him that he has to protect his ‘mum’ and I soon got the know all the different walks and stances this gutsy little puppy had to display to the world in order to show his feelings. Of course being a dog a lot of how he judges people is through their smell. Mum he loves more than anyone but ‘Him’ has a bad smell something which Dan knows is not a good thing and it makes his ‘mum’ cry such a lot.
Dan has a lovely relationship with the other two dogs, that his ‘mum’ and ‘Him’ own, but they can be naughty which leads Dan astray too. This is a lovely story of love and loyalty between owner and pet. The need to be loved and the faithfulness in return that can be given back unconditionally. The story spans from 2002 Ukraine to 2016 Scotland, with a lot of story in between!
Having had dogs myself I often looked into their eyes and wondered just what were they thinking. I believe that Fiona Curlew has probably come as close to how our pets view the world pretty well. A thought-provoking book which I thoroughly enjoyed.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Fiona dropped out of school aged 15, because being the consummate rebel, she hated it! After becoming a single parent she decided to return to education, graduating in 1996 with an honours degree in primary education. Ah, the irony! As soon as she graduated she packed everything she owned into her Renault 11, including her daughter, two dogs and a cat, and headed off to Estonia to become an international school teacher. After fifteen years of teaching, predominantly in Eastern Europe, she returned to the UK . She now lives on the east coast of Scotland with two Scottish rescue dogs and a disgruntled Portuguese cat.
Fiona is the author of two books:
To Retribution – A love story/political thriller set in times of turmoil.
Dan Knew – A fictionalised account of her travels told through the eyes of Dan, her rescued Ukrainian street dog.