- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Amberley Publishing; 2 edition (Nov. 15 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 144560762X
- ISBN-13: 978-1445607627
- Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 1.8 x 19.6 cm
- Shipping Weight: 181 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
Greyfriars Bobby: The Most Faithful Dog in the World Paperback – Nov 15 2012
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Reveals there was more than one Greyfriars Bobby... all the evidence points to Scotland's most-loved pooch being two completely different dogs.' * THE DAILY RECORD * There were two Greyfriars Bobbies!' * THE SCOTS MAGAZINE * Greyfriars Bobby was a Victorian con trick. Jan Bondeson has uncovered evidence that there were in fact two Bobbies and that neither of them belonged to the man buried in Greyfriar's cemetery, Edinburgh, whose grave they sat on' * THE DAILY MAIL * Greyfriars Bobby, the Victorian dog that held a 14-year vigil at the grave of its master, is actually a myth... a publicity stunt drummed up by local businessmen to attract custom to their corner of Edinburgh' * THE DAILY TELEGRAPH *
About the Author
Jan Bondeson is a senior lecturer at Cardiff University. He lived in London for many years, and has spent decades studying the criminal history of the metropolis. Of his many critically acclaimed books, his Amberley titles include 'Queen Victoria's Stalker' and 'Amazing Dogs'. He lives in Newport in Wales.
Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon.com
I expected something controversial and instead found a long chronological recounting of events. Fortunately, the author has a very readable style. Some choices of adjectives made me wonder if the author likes looking down a long nose at the rest of us, but I just ignored the haughty tones (snickering at one really outlandish use, so perhaps it was humor that did not translate well) and enjoyed learning the history of a favorite character (up to current day, so including events just for Bobby's statue). Numerous illustrations and photographs of old Edinburgh add visual appeal. One reason for the four stars was the text describing how the alleged Bobby I and Bobby II dogs differed in appearance, but if both visuals are in the book, why not put them together at that point? I will be disappointed if after hunting for the referred to pictures to not find both in the book, but a hunting I have to go.
Bondeson includes stories of other dogs, both faithful (Hachikō, the Japanese Akito that waited for daily for a master who had died) and independent of masters (Owney, the U.S. railway mail dog).
Who should purchase this book? Anyone interested in historical stories about dogs, and definitely anone interested in Greyfriars Bobby. Should learning that possibly two dogs were running around with the name bother someone? Well, if reading the many books with contradictory stories does not bother you (was Bobby's master a shepherd, a farmer, a night watchman, or a local policeman?), why should reading one more that has yet more versions. This one has a lot of citations for the research is the only difference.
I must have seen the Disney movie version of Greyfriars Bobby as a child because I have always loved the story. As interesting as the research presented by the author is, I do wonder if more documentation could be found hiding in old archives. I wouldn't mind finding more information because it could add to the historical events (whether or not supporting Bondeson's conclusions), and what won't change is that Greyfriars Bobby is a story about a dog (man's best friend) in Scotland (land of my heart, even if not of my forebears).