C: I worked more on "Desilva" tonight.
C: This guy starts telling a story about him and his best friend
C: The best friend lives next door
C: The wife is his wife's best friend
C: The neighbors' had this beagle named Thaddeus (Thadd)
C: The narrator's son had this horrific accident
C: His leg was shattered
C: He was in bed for a long time and Thadd basically lived with them during that period and helped keep the boy going
C: We deduce that he was probably 15 or so
C: The dad got closer to his son too. Eventually the kid recovered. Goes to college. Goes out into the world.
C: Time passes and Thadd is old now
C: His thing when he was younger was to run out on the ice on the pond across the street
C: He ends up getting out from the neighbor's house one day and the narrator sees Thadd on the ice with the ice giving way
C: He's like 80 yards out and he's probably going to die
C: So the guy calls the fire department and he and his best friend--the dog's owner--go out to the pond
C: They're in their fifties
C: Fire engine shows up--the only one in town--and this guy from high school who was and is a major asshole jumps out
C: This is Desilva
C: These guys are all townies
C: They hate this guy
C: The dog is going to die and there's not much to do
C: We don't know why this dog is so important yet.
C: But things we didn't know are starting to get clearer. And it's some huge shit
C: You're in great suspense
C: And then Desilva does something crazy
C: Later that night the narrator and his buddy are in the buddy's garage working on a 1947 Indian motorcycle
C: There are all of these people in the house making noise
C: The two guys in the garage have this conversation about Desilva
C: And as they do, we see the rest of the story within the story that has been taking place the entire time
C: It's devastating
C: Like, it'll wreck you
C: It looks like a story about dogs
C: And an asshole
C: And dog people would love it
C: But it's not really a story about either thing
C: It's a story about the nature of goodness. The elusive nature of goodness or the elusivity of understanding goodness.
C: And ultimately a story about a father and his son.