Interweave Book Club “THE POWER OF THE DOG” by Thomas Savage

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Date(s) - 05/17/2022
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Join Interweave for our May book club meeting about THE POWER OF THE DOG by Thomas Savage.

First published in 1967, Thomas Savage’s western novel about two brothers inspired the accolade-winning recent film of the same name. The recent republication of the book includes an afterword by Pulitzer Prize winning author Annie Proulx.

Phil and George are dissimilar brothers living in 1940s Montana. They own the biggest and most influential ranch in their community. Phil is the bright one, George the plodder. Phil is tall, tough, strong and angular; George is stocky, mild, and silent. Phil is a brilliant chess player, a voracious reader, an eloquent storyteller; George learns slowly, and devotes himself to the business.

Phil is a vicious sadist, with a seething contempt for weakness to match his thirst for dominance; George has a gentle, loving soul. Even in their early 40s, the two brothers sleep in the room they shared as boys. When George unexpectedly marries a young widow and brings her to live at the ranch, Phil begins a relentless campaign to destroy and humiliate his brother’s new family. But fails to recognize and respect an unlikely and unexpected protector of his sister-in-law.

From its visceral first paragraph to its twist ending, The Power of the Dog will hold you in its grip.

Discuss this long-forgotten novel with the Board President and Fourth Universalist’s online Interweave Book Club when we meet on Tuesday evening May 17th at 8:00 p.m.

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