Nearly nine years ago I first read the book Free the Beagle by Roy H. Williams for a college class.
Last week I read it again.
It’s not very often that a required college textbook impacts you so much that you search high and low to seek it out and read it again—for fun.
At face value, Free the Beagle is a story about a lawyer and his dog who take a journey to a city called Destinae. Yet there’s so much allegory wrapped up in this fiction book that it’s difficult not to interpret the book in other ways.
Interpretation of Free the Beagle
The first clue is the city’s name: Destinae (pronounced des tin AY) sounds like destiny.
More clues are the quotes from other people and books strategically placed throughout the book.
At the end of the book, the author includes a lengthy transcript of a discussion the publisher had with five other people. The six of them posit six interpretations of Free the Beagle:
- Face value (like I stated above),
- The difference between left-brain and right-brain functions,
- A Christian allegory,
- A business fable,
- An expression of humanism, and
- A rehash of The Wizard of Oz.
The journey is ultimately an allegory of our lives. We all follow something or Someone, and have a determination to get there. Many people and paths are obstacles (or appear to be obstacles) in our way, but we learn from them while we experience those times, and gather the determination to move on. We never give up, even when we think we are almost home. The prize is worth much more than we ever dreamed of, and many friends will be made along the journey as well.
Ultimately, to survive, we must stop being left-brained like our educational systems have trained us, and follow our right-brain more often and “free our beagle.”
Free the Beagle is the first book in a trilogy: see details here about Destinae
Question: How have you followed your intuition lately? Was it correct?