Rin Tin Tin


Born on a battlefield in World War I, Rin Tin Tin went on to be an American movie star and icon. His story is the story of American popular culture, spanning nearly a century and many human lives. After 8 years in the making, Susan Orlean’s RIN TIN TIN: The Life and the Legend will be released in October 2011. Her newest novel since The New York Times bestseller The Orchid Thief, Rin Tin Tin is the story of the world’s most famous canine.

Read an excerpt from the Publishers Lunch’s BUZZ REVIEW below:

“Susan Orlean’s work has long circled the eccentric cauldron bubbling above the dutiful fire of American life. Orlean’s journalistic gifts have led her to souls who socialize on Saturday nights, the intoxicating originality of misunderstood artists like The Shaggs, and the wayward passions of orchid collectors. Now Orlean has discovered another effervescent subject hiding in plain sight: a cultural canine with a remarkably resilient heritage. You don’t have to be a dog enthusiast or a couch potato to appreciate this hearty tale, for Rin Tin Tin’s ascent and duration coincides with several high points throughout the 20th century…. In telling Rin Tin Tin’s story, Orlean makes a persuasive case that placing your heart in a singular pursuit eventually reveals the human essence.”

You don’t need to be a dog person to enjoy Rin Tin Tin by Susan Orlean. It’s a fascinating look at the old Hollywood machine as well as the lives of the American people during that era.

Susan Orlean discusses Rin Tin Tin’s acting and athleticism in “Clash of the Wolves” (1925), “the most memorable” of the six Rin Tin Tin films still available.


Read CBC Q’s interview
with Susan Orlean, transcribed on CBC Books.

Read an excerpt of Rin Tin Tin in The New Yorker and Q&A with Susan Orlean on the Indigo Blog!

Rin Tin Tin is receiving great reviews!

Canadian Bookworm says of Rin Tin Tin:
“This is a book for dog lovers, those interested in social change, and those who just love a good story.”

Rayment’s Readings, Rants and Ramblings calls Rin Tin Tin  “a poignant exploration of the enduring bond between humans and animals.”

Bookgaga says:
“Susan Orlean provides a range of intriguing entry points into a still fascinating story that will appeal to many.”

Publishers Lunch Deluxe says:
“Susan Orlean’s work has long circled the eccentric cauldron bubbling above the dutiful fire of American life. Orlean’s journalistic gifts have led her to souls who socialize on Saturday nights, the intoxicating originality of misunderstood artists like The Shaggs, and the wayward passions of orchid collectors. Now Orlean has discovered another effervescent subject hiding in plain sight: a cultural canine with a remarkably resilient heritage. You don’t have to be a dog enthusiast or a couch potato to appreciate this hearty tale, for Rin Tin Tin’s ascent and duration coincides with several high points throughout the 20th century… In telling Rin Tin Tin’s story, Orlean makes a persuasive case that placing your heart in a singular pursuit eventually reveals the human essence.”

Shelf Awareness says:
Editors Marilyn Dahl and Bethanne Patrick give it a ‘double woof.’”

Library Journal says:
“Good news: the Rin Tin Tin saga is voiced by Orlean, an author drawn to unexpected stories just begging to be told. So many dog lovers, and everyone knows Rinty.”

Kirkus Reviews says:
“…a terrific dog’s tale that will make readers sit up and beg for more.”

Publishers Weekly says:
“With this stirring biographical history, Orlean follows up her bestselling The Orchid Thief with another tale of passion and dedication overcoming adversity and even common sense…Even readers coming to Rin Tin Tin for the first time will find it difficult to refrain from joining Duncan in his hope that Rin Tin Tin’s legacy will ‘go on forever.’”

Booklist says:
“…Orlean incisively chronicles every facet of the never-before-told, surprisingly consequential, and roller-coaster–like Rin Tin Tin saga…Orlean’s engrossing, dynamic, and affecting biography of a dog who became an icon of loyalty and valor will reignite Rin Tin Tin fever in yet another time when heroes are in acute demand…Move over Seabiscuit, Rin Tin Tin will be the most-talked-about animal hero of the year and beyond as best-selling Orlean presents a spectacularly compelling portrait.”

3 thoughts on “Rin Tin Tin

  1. Rin Tin Tin! I watched him on tv as a kid and to this day did not know any of his history. This will be a fascinating read!

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