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Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite
Dog looks back through time and examines events of the past in his quest to find his own self-identity. The reader follows along as Dog journeys to Virginland, which becomes the setting for this tale. Dog is a creature searching for his own individuality and his place in the world. He can only find what he searches for by examining his past relationships. While he revisits those relationships he also examines other humans’ convictions, beliefs and values. Through his journey he scrutinizes unrelenting concerns confronting humankind. A few of the issues Dog examines are authority, religion, racism, nationalism, biological superiority, double standards, loyalty or the lack of it and greed.
Armen Melikian’s tale is filled with allegory, conjectures and speculation. This book is written in a unique manner. While I do not agree with some of Dog's convictions, I do recognize the brilliance in this author’s writings. We all face times when we wonder why we exist - what our purpose for being is. Melikian’s character, Dog, journeys to discover the answer to those questions. Journey to Virginland will leave the reader pondering. This clever and interesting book will force the reader to examine their own lives and motivations.