Title: What the Dog Saw and Other Adventures
Author: Malcolm Gladwell
Release Date: October 20, 2009
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Genre: Non-Fiction, Essays
Rating: 4 out of 5
What the Dog Saw is a collection of Malcolm Gladwell’s essays from The New Yorker, written over the same time period as his hit books Blink, The Tipping Point and Outliers.
What the Dog Saw is an essay collection that is very similar in style to Malcolm Gladwell’s previous books. Each of these essays is a smaller version of his books in a lot of ways – they challenge conventional wisdom and ask the reader to think about how they look at things. It’s divided into three sections, each with a different theme.
Like any essay collection, some of the pieces in What the Dog Saw are more entertaining than others. That’s not to say they are of different quality – Gladwell has proven himself to be a competent writer through his previous books, and these essays are of similar to those. But different subject matters will appeal to different readers. My personal favorite was the title essay, What the Dog Saw, in which Gladwell discusses the “dog whisperer” Cesar Milan.
Some of these essays require stretches of the imagination, especially when Gladwell’s logic becomes convoluted. Additionally, you might want to skip a couple of essays completely, depending on your tastes and interest level. But overall, this is a solid collection essays that are both educational and interesting. They’ll make you look at ordinary things such as ketchup and the birth control pill in completely different ways. This is a great book for anyone who’s a fan of Malcolm Gladwell, or those who are looking for an introduction to his work.