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Nops Trials a Novel [Paperback]

Donald Mccaig
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A classic dog story, told by one of America's best writers.
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Nop, the main character in McCaig's pleasurable out-of-print classic, is a sheepdog run competitively by his Virginian master in the kind of "trials" that test such a dog; when some unscrupulous rednecks steal him, other kinds of trials begin.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"Does justice to both its human and canine characters."--New York Times
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5.0 out of 5 stars For Dog & Animal Lovers Feb. 20 2003
I first read a condensed version of this story years ago, and it haunted me. I had to learn what I was missing and was highly pleased recently to attain a copy of this complete book for my very own. McCaig writes in a very simplistic, to the point style which flows smoothly and quickly, telling a story of how an honest, hardworking farm man loses his newest stockdog in an unfortunate series of events which only seem to bring the two even closer together at the end. Nop's trials describe not only Border Collie stockdog trials--herding sheep and such for prizes--but the trials he must endure just surviving, wondering if he will ever see his master again or work again on his farm. It is intriguing to note that while you may occasionally "hear" what the dog's point of view is, he is speaking in his own dog language which humans may interpret or misinterpret as they will. A great read for any age, there are a few disturbing scenes described which may upset very young or particularly zealous animal lovers of any kind. Overall, this book deserves its place with all the other great animal stories like Watership Down, Tailchaser's Song, Firebringer, White Fang, The Black Stallion, and The Plague Dogs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The soul of a dog. Jan. 18 2003
By A Customer
Nop's Trials is so beautifully developed McCaig reminds me of Mark Twain. What a terrific story teller. I've always had dogs, yet no one has quite expressed that bond and devotion as Donald McCaig has with Nop. A beautiful and often suspenseful story that is well paced, wonderfully well narrated, and thoughtfully described. There are good guys and bad guys as in any good story. And, in the end, the best dogs win. Truth, beauty, and justice prevail.
Nop's Trials was is one of those rare books that you want to put down because you don't want it to end, but you can't stand to not know how things turn out.
Charles Coyote, author Poison Switch
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming but heartbreaking April 24 2003
This is a fantastic book for dog lovers, and Border Collie fans in particular. Written in a very readable style, with subtle humor and warmth, it is hard to put down. I especially liked the insights into the thoughts of the individual dogs, and their "conversations". It is very obvious that the author both loves and understands dogs. However, I did find some scenes concerning the abuse of dogs to be highly upsetting, even though the actual abuse was not generally graphic but the results were obvious. To be made aware that people treat animals so inhumanely left me feeling very distressed although the book, as a whole, was wonderful.
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3.0 out of 5 stars melancholy but a good read Dec 20 1997
I enjoyed Nop's Trials but found the story a bit depressing. The ending was satisfying though. I had difficulty with the dog's chat as they spoke like Quakers do.."thou art a good dog" etc..but I got used to it. However, this dog dialogue could have possibly been left out. The author has written very sensitively and honestly but I felt he could have used a bit more decorum in one part of the book that depicts sexual intimacy between the main character and his wife. Other than that it is a novel of some integrity and you can learn some things about Border Collies which I found interesting. A good weekend read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nop Is #1 March 5 2001
By A Customer
Nop's Trials is one of the best books I've read. Nop is Lewis Burkholder's loyal sheep dog, and Lewis is Nop's dedicated master. Nop's Trials is the story of one man's dedication to his incredible Border Collie, Nop. Nop is stolen on Christmas Day, and is sold and given to many people. Lewis searches and brakes laws just to get his dog back. This book is a must read for any dog or animal lover, or Border Collie fan. Nop's story will make you cry, laugh, and you'll be hooked from page 1.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best dog stories ever written! Dec 10 2001
By Bob W
Actually, I read this book quite a few years ago, when it was first published.
Since then, I've re-read Nop's Trials, along with every other book that Donald McCaig has written.
While I have enjoyed all of Mr. McCaig's books, Nop's Trials is by far the best.
It's a great story that will be long remembered, not just by Border Collie owners like myself, but by any dog or animal lover.
Nop's Trials is a story that could be made into a great movie!
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By A Customer
If you love dogs and understand their committment to those to treat them fairly you will love this book. I have a Border Collie named Sam, thus could relate to the book just because of him and my love of farm life. But whether I had Sam or not (cannot imagine) my other two puppies made me appreciate undying love of an owner and the dog. I read ten pages and ignored my family as I finished the book in a day.
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