The Good Pilot Peter Woodhouse

The Good Pilot Peter Woodhouse

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Random House, Inc.
From the bestselling author of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series comes this meditative tale of hope and friendship during World War II, in which a young English woman, an American pilot, and a German soldier are brought together by an unlikely hero: a very sympathetic Border Collie.

Val Eliot, an English girl working on a farm as part of the war effort in the Women's Land Army, finds herself protecting a sheepdog named Peter Woodhouse rescued from the owner who mistreated him. When Val meets Mike, a U.S. Air Force reconnaissance pilot stationed nearby, she realizes that the safest place for the little dog is alongside Mike at the base. Out of this kindness develops a love between Val and Mike that unfolds against the wartime obstacles of life-risking duty and distance. With the care and attention of the pilots, Peter Woodhouse becomes Dog First Class, the mascot of the US Air Force, boldly accompanying the officers in a Mosquito plane--until a disaster jeopardizes the future of them all. It is then that Peter Woodhouse draws Ubi, a German corporal, into their orbit, sparking a friendship that comes at great risk, but will pay the richest of rewards through the transition from war to peace time, and over the rest of their lives.

Publisher: Toronto :, Alfred A. Knopf Canada,, 2018
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780735274884
Branch Call Number: FIC MCC
Characteristics: 247 pages ;,23 cm.

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Manuel
Nov 14, 2018

This is an excellent historical novel in every way, including the writing, characters, settings and descriptions. It is actually a love story. There is plenty of character development and lots of learning opportunities. It takes place in England and Germany before, during and after WW 2. Peter Woodhouse is a dog that becomes a mascot for a crew of fighter-bombers, flying a mosquito on reconnaissance. There is actually very little reference to the dog throughout the story, because this is not a story about a dog, but he (the dog) is shown to have his own personality. The purpose of the dog is to connect the main characters, and this is done very well indeed. This novel allows McCall Smith to show his personal disdain for war and is an excellent read. It is totally different from his earlier series, the No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency.

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tjdickey
Oct 25, 2018

A stand-alone from one of the warmest and most human of current writers. McCall Smith is always very strong in human foibles, sincere romance, acts of kindness, and delightful canine characters; in "The Good Pilot" he delivers all in spades.

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chilligal
Oct 24, 2018

A new genre for McCall-Smith, but a worthwhile one. Not as humorous as many of his novels but the characters are mostly likeable and believable. The titled dog is one of them and if you've ever owned a really smart pet who is given to sneaking into places where he should not be, you will love this guy! It is a gentle and fast read.

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doxland
Sep 02, 2018

Comfortable excellent read.
Perspective on how WWII affected comrades and enemies.
Has the "mcall smith comfort and warmth".

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pokano
Aug 28, 2018

I would give this 3.5 stars. Alexander McCall Smith turns his hand to a more serious novel, about an English-American couple in England and a German couple, during and after World War II. The novel is missing the gentle humor one sees in most of McCall Smith's books, but nevertheless is an enjoyable, albeit quick, read.

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brangwinn
Jun 12, 2018

Oh, thank you, Alexander McCall Smith, for introducing a new character, a charming dog and the humans in his life. I doubt this will become a series, but as in all Alexander McCall Smith books, you’ll end up loving all the characters, except for the villain of course.

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Lornagibbs
Jun 06, 2018

I'm happy to get the book but truly wish it was available in cd format as well. It is so nice to be able to listen to something you enjoy while doing mindless chores! LG

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Clair1937
May 19, 2018

I have read almost every book Alexander MdCall Smith has written. This stand-alone is totally satisfying, almost therapeutic, with his wisdom and humor and keen analysis of human nature shining through. The people are English and German, with American airmen but they are all believable. A strong message about seeing everyone, even the “enemy” as a human. I loved it!

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Dops
Apr 23, 2018

I read a lot of books and this rates one of the best ones. Plan on reading it almost all the way on day one.

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