Author: Luis Carlos Montalvan
Publication Year: 2011
Source: My Stacks
Date Completed: 5/2/2011
This memoir while interesting, is as much, if not more, about a dog's master, a wounded US Army Captain, as it is about a dog, a sensitive, Golden Retriever named Tuesday.
Luis Carlos Montalvan, spent seventeen years in the US Army earning combat action badges, two bronze stars and a purple heart. At home after his release he was a lonely, broken and bitter man. Not only was he left severely disabled by his war injuries, but he also suffered the traumatic psychological after effects of war as well, and learning to endure the painful memories of war through PTSD.
Tuesday, was an extremely sensitive service dog. In his early life, he suffered abandonment issues when he was moved from one prison inmate trainer to another. However, even a dog can find his true calling in life, and that he does as service dog to Luis Montalvan, helping to transform his life. Tuesday and Luis first met on Tuesday, election day 2008, hence the name Tuesday.
Until Tuesday, is the story of dog and man. It's a story of fate, of love and of the bonding of like souls. Although I was hoping to love this book, that did not happen. It took me forever to read this book because of the rambling writing style. I found the story heavily bogged down in detail and minutia. Detail upon detail of war and of the inept leadership of those military leaders who were in charge. In addition, detail upon detail of most every aspect of Montalvan's life, during his military service and afterwards. Perhaps I was expecting more of an upbeat story once Tuesday arrived as Montalvan's companion and service dog, but that just never happened. Don't get me wrong, this book has an important story to tell, a story of war, a story of a man left broken, and the story of a dog named Tuesday who helps a broken man cope with life in the aftermath of war. It's just that if are expecting a succinct story, more of a warm and fuzzy feeling book, about man and dog, then this book may leave you a bit disappointed, as it did me. It is just not that kind of story.