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BeagleBugleWhat did Free the Beagle say to you? Did you have a favorite character? Did you relate to anyone in particular in the roundtable discussion? Do you have anything at all that you’d like to say? The world is waiting to hear from you!

Posted December 27th, 2013 in Beagle Message Board.


  1. Fumi Suzuki:

    My name is Fumi Suzuki and I am working at a publisher which is going to publish a Japanese edition of your book Free The Beagle. We all enjoy reading it (I instantly fell in love with it when the literary agency introduced it to us), and the editor and the translator are both having fun working on it. I am writing this mail to you because we would like to make sure our understanding is correct: there are so many connotations in the book, as you aim it :) . We had no choice but to ask for your help to make the Japanese edition a good one.

    You mentioned on your homepage that “each of the statements in the book has at least six interpretation”, as you answer to a Korean translator Eunsun Lee. Do you really mean that each of discussion question has six answers? We are discussing over and over, but it is hard to find the best answers. Each reader might have all different answers, and one possibility is that there are no “correct, perfect” answers.

    Another possibility is that each paragraph and chapter has meanings independently: some parts are about the brain, others are about motivation,
    the others are about business, and so on. The average readers would be satisfied by reading the book in such a way; however, the editor believes
    that without full understanding, the book could be translated and edited in an unsatisfying way.

    If possible, we would like you to show us all the answers for the discussion questions.

    Beside the discussion questions, there are parts that leave us to question in the text. If you do not mind, we would like to ask you about them later on.

    Free The Beagle is such a rich book with wonderful elements. We are happy to introduce this book to Japan.

    Thank you and I am looking forward to hearing from you soon.

    Best Regards,
    Fumi Suzuki
    Foreign Rights, Kiko Shobo an imprint of SSI

  2. Adrian Scovell:

    Good book, and interesting perspective on man’s journey.

    One small town he did not pass through is “the Trailer Park of Blame”. Inhabited by people who, through no fault of their own, can’t get ahead. Corporate America, the Government, health are all to blame. The car is up on blocks due to built in obsolescence (GM does it on purpose you know). The most often heard phrase being “I can’t because …..”, you fill in the blank.

    Adrian Scovell
    Director, Regional Marketing
    Rogers Video

  3. Jacqui Misener:

    Free the Beagle was by far the most thought provoking, compassionate look at mankind I have read.

    It spoke to me as a mother, a business person, a responsible and sometimes irresponsible resident of our planet and most profoundly as a spiritiual voice. I am ignorant of Biblical stories (although interestingly enough, my views rallied with those of Jim Chaney) and was raised without the guidlines of a church, but have always lived a strong connection with the magical powers of our universe. Free the Beagle speaks to all that is who we are at one level or another. Thank you Roy.

    Jacqui Misener, CRM
    Account Executive

  4. Eunsun Lee:

    From a translator in Korea

    I am Eunsun Lee and I am translating your book, Free The Beagle in Korean. It is a quite a impressive masterpiece and I am pleased to take part in introducing it to Korean readers.

    The reason I am emailing you is that there is something I am not sure of what you might imply.

    In chapter 3 (’Poindexter’), 5th paragraph, you say,
    “Poindexter, convinced that the dog would succeed, dove in a valiant display of feline grace to the base of the official clock and, before you could say ‘Holly Golightly,’ was perched at the very top of it.

    ” The question lies in ‘Holly Golightly’. I wondered and wondered again why ‘Holly Golightly’ among others.

    I know there is a singer named Holly Golightly.
    I Know it was Holly Golightly, the heroine in BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY.
    But neither fits in context above.
    Or it is just a variation of ‘Holy God’?

    Wild guesses have been keeping me awake at nights. Please take off my burden. Best Wishes, Eunsun Lee

  5. Shane Speal:

    Free the Beagle should overshadow every other book penned by Roy Williams. I bought my copy of Free The Beagle this morning.

    I read it in my car over an extended lunch in the McDonalds parking lot.

    By 2pm, I dove into the Sea of False Hope after sitting on the ship dock for months.

    …To Destinae

    Shane Speal
    King of the Cigar Box Guitar, writer, dad (and oh yeah,) Radio Account Exec.

  6. Don Litzenberg:

    This is an amazingly insightful piece of work and a definite must read for today’s (and tomorrow’s) leaders. Every leader should study William’s work as both a guideline to ethical behavior and a blueprint for success.

    Williams has mastered the lost art of parable. Where most other author’s merely take a simple idea and tell a story around it, Williams is incredibly good at creating a work that causes the reader to look at the worlds around and inside him or her self.

    Every reader will take a different story away from Free the Beagle, but each reader will come away from the book with a new understanding of self and others.

    Don Litzenberg
    San Diego, CA

  7. Jack Covert:

    Having just finished Free the Beagle, I am at a loss as to where to start this review. The funny thing about it is that I think Roy Williams would approve of such hesitancy. First of all, Free the Beagle tells a fantasy story of a lawyer and a beagle traveling together on the rough road to destiny. Is there an allegory buried within this simple adventure story? Most certainly, but the success of the book is that there is more than one interpretation to be had, perhaps one for every type of reader out there. As a business book, Free the Beagle will most certainly find itself in the company of Who Moved My Cheese, Peacock in the Land of Penguins, and Roy Williams’ Wizard books. However, I recommend that you pick it up with no preconceptions. Knowing little to nothing about the book until I received my copy (meaning, I didn’t read a bunch of hype about it first), I went into it with an open mind. What have I decided? That Roy Williams is a master. He understands his audience so clearly… How can I explain?

    I read Free the Beagle expecting a simple business allegory. I was charmed by the little dog, amused by the rigidity of the logical lawyer, and the journey Roy Williams concocted for them. They traverse through such places as the Forest of Confusion and the Sea of False Hope, overcoming loss. The tale harkened back to The Little Prince or Flatland or even those new popular book/movies “Harry Potter” or “The Lord of the Rings.” When I concluded the first section as the lawyer’s journey concluded, I thought, “Huh. Nice story.” Very applicable to any sort of interpretation depending on what the reader is needful of. Then I moved on to the startling second section. It surprised me that Williams included a transcript of a roundtable meeting held to discuss this book. In attendance are a number of educated, successful folks who have all read the story. The discussion is led by Ray Bard, the publisher. For 20 pages, the book is discussed by this diverse group of people and each person brings his or her own interpretation to the book–such interpretations that I never really even considered. Each interpretation (I won’t list them here because, hey, why ruin it for you?) was so fully realized, it became clear that Roy intended each from the very beginning. Instead of allowing the reader to only see one reading, he included the roundtable discussion to open each reader up to the myriad of interpretations. It reminds me of the Agatha Christie’s 10 Little Indians–a mysterious stranger gathers just the right group of folks to get just the right results. A book for everyone, Free the Beagle is a lot of fun to read and full of self-discoveries. I will be re-reading the story, maybe even a few times!

    Jack Covert
    (800) CEO-READ

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