Norton, a dog after Wilma's heart

Published on 22 March 2023 at 12:04

HÃ¥kan Messer's book is also available in English as Norton's Philosophical Memoirs.
Wilma and Norton would have been great friends and, on the everlasting hunting fields they are probably reminiscing about their global adventures.
I wonder why it took me so long to find this book because I certainly know and love Håkan Nesser's crime fiction, but only came across Norton when I went looking for other people who wrote fiction that starred their pets.
As someone who has longed for a dog all her life but never gets one for fear of not being able to take good care of him/her, I love reading about dogs. When they're semi-biographical I like them even more -- especially when they travel a lot like Wilma does in My Name is Wilma.
Wilma is very similar to Norton though maybe more of an adventurer than a philosopher. They both travelled quite far for their species. And their observations are also often along the same lines. While traveling by plane, they both decided going to sleep was the best way to deal with the stress, and their humans' actions often stun them to high degrees. I loved that Norton, like Wilma, considers death as the most natural thing in the world.

I especially enjoyed Norton's description of the afterlife and on one hopefully faraway day, I hope to meet all my cats and maybe even a future dog there. In the meantime I thoroughly enjoyed this book and if you love dogs (or cats) or maybe just good writing, you are in for a treat if you read this book.

Karin Hagen's illustrations are stunning.

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