Official Review: No Dogs on the Beach by John Madell

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Re: Official Review: No Dogs on the Beach by John Madell

Post by kfwilson6 » 13 Jul 2018, 10:45

Madell has had quite a lot of hobbies and interests. I like that he took ballet. I have a feeling there is an interesting story or two involved with those lessons. Lovely review. This book sounds quite intriguing.

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Post by Kate S » 13 Jul 2018, 19:14

Before I read this review, I saw the dog on the cover and was tempted to Google whether or not he/she died. Most of the dog books I read as a kid involved the dog dying at the end, so now it's been ingrained in me to check. :D

John Madell sounds like that grandpa at family gatherings with all of the crazy stories. He sounds like a hoot, so I'll mark this book down and come back to it.

Thanks for the review!

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Post by LaurenHaupt » 14 Jul 2018, 17:09

Great review! He sounds like he had a pretty interesting life. That's cool he has cartoon representations throughout the book. That's nice that it provides a little humor. I'll try to check it out. Thank you.
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Post by KitabuKizuri » 15 Jul 2018, 02:51

This sounds like an interesting memoir despite the shortfall of good English on the part of the author. Hopefully what the author puts across won't be lost in 'translation' after some editing is finally done.

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Post by ViziVoir » 15 Jul 2018, 16:11

This seems like a great, wholesome memoir! It's too bad about the distracting run-on sentences.

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Post by inaramid » 16 Jul 2018, 19:32

What an interesting book, although the intended audience ("adults and children") seem really broad. I guess the author's experiences are wholesome enough for anyone to enjoy it. Thanks for this review.

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Post by crediblereading2 » 17 Jul 2018, 21:06

Bianka Walter wrote:
11 Jul 2018, 15:58
I also like that he has said that English isn't his strong suit. That always makes me a little more lenient when reading.
Great review, thanks!
Yes. I really appreciate his honesty. Thank you for your comment.

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Post by crediblereading2 » 17 Jul 2018, 21:07

kfwilson6 wrote:
13 Jul 2018, 10:45
Madell has had quite a lot of hobbies and interests. I like that he took ballet. I have a feeling there is an interesting story or two involved with those lessons. Lovely review. This book sounds quite intriguing.
It is indeed very intriguing. Thank you for your comment.

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Post by crediblereading2 » 17 Jul 2018, 21:08

inaramid wrote:
16 Jul 2018, 19:32
What an interesting book, although the intended audience ("adults and children") seem really broad. I guess the author's experiences are wholesome enough for anyone to enjoy it. Thanks for this review.
Thank you for your comment.

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Post by crediblereading2 » 17 Jul 2018, 21:09

ViziVoir wrote:
15 Jul 2018, 16:11
This seems like a great, wholesome memoir! It's too bad about the distracting run-on sentences.
Run-on sentences can confuse the reader.

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Post by crediblereading2 » 17 Jul 2018, 21:11

LaurenHaupt wrote:
14 Jul 2018, 17:09
Great review! He sounds like he had a pretty interesting life. That's cool he has cartoon representations throughout the book. That's nice that it provides a little humor. I'll try to check it out. Thank you.
What is life without humor? Thank you for your comment.

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Post by Jeyasivananth » 18 Jul 2018, 10:05

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[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "No Dogs on the Beach" by John Madell.]
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No Dogs on the Beach: The Recollection of a Littlehampton Foreshore Inspector by John Madell is an enthralling memoir that is categorized under the non-fiction genre. It is intended to be enjoyed by both adult and children who will undoubtedly find it to be a good read, because of its valuable life lessons. It is a mixture of humor, clemency, family, teamwork, and courage. It is crammed with stories of the author’s life from his early years as an adopted child to his adult life when he enters the world of business.

The scenario is set in Littlehampton, a small seaside village that has a rich history of channel sports, but in recent years boasts the sports of sailing, kite-surfing, and diving. Author Madell is one of the three (3) Foreshore inspectors that are employed to ensure the safety and well-being of the public at large. His job involves cautioning shellfish eaters about its poisoning qualities at a particular time of the year as well as keeping the beach safe by chasing illegal Chinese businessmen off its shore.

Born in the year 1946 in Dublin, Italy, Author Madell is given away at birth by his biological parents to his new adoptive parents in a sideboard drawer. He receives proper care from his new parents but years later he is reconnected to his biological family, which includes a half brother and sister. Although he loves his adopted mother Nora, he is still attentive to Jenny, his birth mother and remains loyal to her, until her death at the age of seventy-seven. At the age of nine, he is taught ballet lessons and is the only boy among one dozen girls who are involved with the sport. He is one of the first students to attend the Arundale School, established in 1953 and which is managed by Mrs. Kelly a left-wing socialist. He also attends other learning institutions such as the Weild, and the Quay College where he finds himself in the bottom stream with two other boys. Author Madell preoccupies himself in the music industry by joining a band and attaining fame. Boxing and the game of cricket are his other interests. He refers to the famous cricketer Arthur Gilligan who lived in Pulborough, and who funded and donated much of his kit to the club. He also tells of his many intimate relationships that include that of his true love Jean whom he finally marries. He also goes into partnership with his friend Charles and becomes successful in business.

Each chapter starts with a Psalm that is relevant to the moral of the story. For example, in chapter 1, he quotes Psalm 27:10, “My father and mother may abandon me, but the Lord will take care of me.” This chapter covers the event of his mother giving him away at birth to his adoptive parents.

Cartoon representations of himself, his family members and other acquaintances are interspersed throughout the book depicting different stages of his life. At the ending of the book, a resume is given of his academic, business and social achievements which include the schools he attended and his different associates. Author Mandell speaks of the photograph of his dog Barney who is featured on the cover of the book. It is actually Barney’s behavior on the beach that convinces him that no dogs should be allowed on the beach; hence, the title, ‘No Dogs On The Beach.’ The book is written and dedicated to the memory of Albert and Nora Mandell, his mother, and father who adopted him from his biological mother Jenny, and gave him a life of security. This is supported by a picture of his adoptive parents, standing outside the Brighton Palace in 1947. The book is also written for all his other family members and friends to treasure and to pass on to their generations infinitum.

I must confess that I find most of the stories in this book to be interesting and candidly humorous. For example, he gives an account that when it was clear that his birth mother was pregnant with him, she was no longer able to hide her adulterous affair as the dates did not line up.

Author Mandell’s writings are even-paced, descriptive, and the mood that is felt throughout the passages is buoyancy. I have observed that there are too many run-on sentences and that detract from the clarity of its reading. He has, however, confessed that his grasp of the English Language is not too strong and thus his oldest friend has assisted him in vetting the writing. I must commend both of them for combining to present the book; however, the publishers should have been more alert in their checks for irregularities.

Without further hesitation, I will confer a 3 out of 4 stars rating on this book. I have taken away 1 star because of the many run-on sentences. Generally, persons who are seeking to have some fun and humor in their lives should choose this book as it would assist in uplifting their spirits. Also, I would highly recommend this book to persons who want to enter the business world and need to be motivated. Self-driven Author Madell will definitely give them a jolt in the right direction.

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That's a very well written review. You have a good critical eye for detail and style.

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Post by stacie k » 18 Jul 2018, 13:05

I’m glad I read your review. Otherwise, I would have thought this was a book about dogs or environmental issues. Instead, it’s a memoir of someone who seems to have led quite an interesting life. I’d like to learn more about John Madell!
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Post by zahedem » 18 Jul 2018, 13:21

I love this review! It was different and interesting. I want to read more reviews from you, to learn more. :techie-studyingbrown:

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Post by CambaReviewer » 19 Jul 2018, 11:52

Thanks for your candid review of this book. I like books that I can learn valuable life lessons from so I intend to read this book. I am sure I will like the cartoon pictures of the author interspersed in the book. I do need some humor in my life as well as helpful ideas for business interests. Well done!

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