One of the best times of my childhood was being read this book in school. I still love it. It still breaks my heart too.
Isn't this a sad book? Ihave never read it! Should i?
This is one of the saddest books I have ever read, but good does come out of it.
Sounder is the name of the coon dog in this story. The narrator tells this a story of how a stray coon dog becomes part of this black family's life. The family was very poor sharecroppers. When the crops were not growing well because of the weather, the family did not have very much food to eat. The father would take Sounder out at night and hunt for food. They would sell the food to make money as well as have food to eat. When things started getting even worse, the father took matters in his own hands and stole food for his family to eat. The deputies came and arrested him and took him to jail. As Sounder was following the wagon that was taking his master away, one of the deputies shot him. He ran off into the woods and left his unattached ear behind. He was gone for a long time before returning. One day Sounder finally made his way back to the house. While the father was away from home, the boy had to step up and help out around the house. The father was gone for many years. During those years, the boy would go looking for him in many years. During those years, the boy would go looking for him in different prisons. While looking for his father, the boy came across an elderly man that taught school to children. The man asked him to come back after his journey and attend school in the winter. He did just that when winter came. One day his father comes home out of the blue. He is limping. He was in an explosion and was thought to be sdead, but he lived and they let him go home. He died shortly after returning home. Sounder died shortly after his master.
If you were the boy in this story, would you keep looking for your dad knowing that it would be very difficult to find him? Why or why not?