Lily and the Octopus

Lily and the Octopus

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'Intelligently written, finely observed and surprisingly moving, this is a book you'll find hard to put down' Graeme Simsion, author of The Rosie ProjectCompanions come in all shapes and sizes.Companionship lasts forever. Lily and the Octopus is a novel about finding that special someone to share your life with. For Ted Flask, that someone is Lily, and she happens to be a dog. This novel reminds us how to love fiercely, how difficult it can be to let go and how the fight for those we love is the greatest fight of all. Reminiscent of The Life of Pi and The Art of Racing in the Rain, with spins into magic realism and beautifully evoked universal truths of love, loyalty and loss, a hilariously sardonic and not altogether reliable narrator, and one unforgettable hound who simple wisdom will break your heart and put it back together again, Lily and the Octopus captures the search for meaning in death and introduces a dazzling new voice in fiction.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2016.
ISBN: 9781501126246
1501126245
1471155129
9781471155123
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Be prepared to laugh and cry during this light-hearted telling of the sad journey 42-year-old Ted Flask takes with his lovable, rambunctious 12-year-old dachshund while recovering from a break-up with his longtime partner. Even after Ted discovers a tumor on Lily's head, which he refers to as the... Read More »


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jezicuhh
Jul 24, 2017

This one had so much promise in the beginning, but totally lost me in the end. It was just too metaphorical and complicated. I wanted to call it a tear-jerker but it wasn't for me.

WVMLlibrarianCathy Jun 26, 2017

A funny, sincere, tear-jerking book for any dog lover.

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chopchop
May 25, 2017

A wonderful book. A must read for any dog lover.

SnoIsleLib_BeckyB May 23, 2017

Ted is in a lonely period in his life. His six year relationship has ended. Dating is getting old. His good friend is Trent. His best friend is Lily, a dachshund. Lily is now twelve and the “octopus” tumor is killing her. Lily is the ultimate dachshund, enthusiastic, loud and more than a bit stubborn. Funny, sad and a bit fantastic, Lily and the Octopus shows our real love for the dogs in our lives and the pain of knowing they will probably die before we do.

samdog123 May 08, 2017

Pet lovers, especially dog lovers, will totally understand this book. Ted Flask learns many things along the way from his relationship with his dachshund, Lily. It's a heartwarming story--you'll feel sad, you'll feel joy and you'll laugh out loud. Not to be missed.

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agebook
Apr 20, 2017

WOW! I just finished this four minutes ago which in dog time is almost half an hour. Not what I expected, as in, I thought I would be able to not cry. And unexpectedly, I loved his metaphorical adventures (far better than anything Jonathan Livingstone Seagull ever had on offer).
"I look at the photograph. Across a guy's rib cage are scrawled the words 'To die would be an awfully big adventure.' I recognize it immediately. 'Peter Pan.' 'J.M. Barrie,' Kal corrects. 'Peter Pan isn't real.' 'Isn't he? I always thought Peter Pan was death. An angel of death who came to collect children.'"
"Dial. I associate that word more with soap than with telephones. Or maybe something more sinister. Die-all. And yet the phone is ringing, and the ring itself is mildly comforting. There should be some sort of number that you can call late at night just to hear a phone ring. No one would ever answer, but there would be the promise that someone was out there who would listen to you and all you had to say. Ring. Now, even that word is weird. How can it mean both the circles in a tree stump and the noise a telephone makes? Dial, ring. Dial, ring. Dial ring. Just as I hear 'Hello?' I hang up."
"'Because sometimes it's nice to have memories. Don't you have any favorite memories?' Lily thinks about this. 'All of my memories are my favorite memories.' I'm amazed by this. 'Even the bad ones?' 'Dogs don't remember bad memories/' Envious, I scratch her on the velvet part of her chest. What an incredible way to live."

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marypaz13
Mar 22, 2017

It was a sad novel. After reading like the second chapter, I already knew how the book was going to end. It's a slow read and a very detailed experience of losing a loved one. It's not my cup of tea but it wasn't a terrible book.

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conpenn
Feb 27, 2017

This was a stretch for me. It's not what typically draws me, however, that being said, I really found it intriguing. Insightful into some of the Big Questions of life. A main character that I felt empathy for in many ways. And, I will always remember "how" Lily "talked." It's hard to convey such on the written page.

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Margush
Dec 22, 2016

Couldn't get beyond page 2. I absolutely adore dogs but can't imagine them talking to us... in English. I am totally fine with them talking to us in their own language. I get it.

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cheriemoses
Dec 11, 2016

The idea of this story was interesting at first. However, there was really not a lot to keep this story unfolding into a novel. A short story maybe. After many chapters, I found the main character's mentality tedious, self indulgent and not engaging anymore. Maybe you have to have a dog to appreciate this book, but that is not such a great recommendation for this writer. Empathy can be felt with a strong concept and great writing.

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