Rin Tin Tin

The Life and the Legend

By Susan Orlean
(Simon & Schuster, Paperback, 9781439190142, 352pp.)

Publication Date: October 9, 2012

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“This is the story of a young man whose fateful journey collides with that of a battlefield puppy, setting into motion an extraordinary tale of devotion. Beginning with a tale of redemption, Orlean unfolds a riveting account of the history of both the German shepherd, whose breed exemplifies the good-natured qualities that have made dog and human relationships unparalleled in society, and early American movie making. The result is a wonderful odyssey beautifully depicting loyalty and friendship in a remarkable history lesson and an entertaining read.”
-- Megan Bruce, Watermark Books, Wichita, KS


Description

He believed the dog was immortal. So begins Susan Orlean’s sweeping, powerfully moving account of Rin Tin Tin’s journey from abandoned puppy to movie star and international icon. Spanning almost one hundred years of history, from the dog’s improbable discovery on a battlefield in 1918 to his tumultuous rise through Hollywood and beyond, Rin Tin Tin is a love story about "the mutual devotion between one man and one dog" (The Wall Street Journal) that is also a quintessentially American story of reinvention, a captivating exploration of our spiritual bond with animals, and a stirring meditation on mortality and immortality.




About the Author
SUSAN ORLEAN, a staff writer at "The New Yorker", is the author of four books, including "The Bullfighter Checks Her Makeup: My Encounters with Extraordinary People."


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