Life in Terry Kay's To Dance With the White Dog
The voice of Terry Kay relays to his readers a story of life through death in this short novel, To Dance With the White Dog. This novelist writes the story of an elderly man, recently widowed and dealing with everyday occurrences while also battling the inevitable effects of old age. Sam Peek, the elderly main character, tends to get fed up with his overprotective family. During this, Peek begins seeing a white dog that no one else seems to be able to see. Although Peek's family thinks he's losing his mind, in the end the dog turns out to be very real and even seems to everyone as if it were sent there just to take care of the old man.
Throughout this novel, journal entries written by Sam Peek appear for the readers in order for us to get a closer look on exactly who Peek is. Deep emotions for his late wife and son, struggles in his life, his thoughts about White Dog, old memories and events from his past, and opinions about each of his children and himself appear through these entries. The touching words of this old man bring the story to a level of reality that is only felt emotionally as the readers begin to understand and feel kinship with Sam Peek.
In the beginning of the novel, Kay includes only a few journal entries to appear in the text. These first few entries are very direct and do not seem as in-depth as the ones to follow but they give the story a very real...