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The Dogs: A Modern Bestiary

The Dogs: A Modern Bestiary (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Brown, Rebecca

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The tale of an unnamed woman trapped in her flat with a pack of Doberman pinschers. The dogs are both adversaries and loyal companions, at once real and otherworldly, able to talk, multiply or disappear at will. Each chapter has its lesson. Some take place in the ordinary realms,... read full description below.

ISBN 9780872863446
Published 1 October 1998 by City Lights Books
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback

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ISBN-13 9780872863446
ISBN-10 0872863441
Stock Available
Status Title is temporarily out of stock
Publisher City Lights Books
Imprint City Lights Books
Publication Date 1 October 1998
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Brown, Rebecca
Category Award Winning
Modern Fiction
Number of Pages 166
Dimensions Width: 127mm
Height: 204mm
Spine: 13mm
Weight 199g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Bestiaries, Fiction, Doberman pinscher, United States
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 813.54
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

The nameless narrator of The Dogs: A Modern Bestiary lives in her studio apartment with a pack of Doberman pinchers. The dogs, led by the cruel, charismatic bitch named Miss Dog, alternate between being brutal attack animals and loyal companions, being real and otherworldly. Some chapters draw upon the ecstatic and horrifying visions of Christian mystics; others take place in the landscapes of familiar fairytales; others in the banal settings of the late-night pick-up bars or suburban picnics. The narrator uneasily inhabits these worlds until the dogs force her to take irrevocable action. Rebecca Brown is the author of other fictions, including The Terrible Girls, Annie Oakley's Girl, and The Gifts of the Body. She lives in Seattle.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

Awards Short-listed for Lambda Literary Awards (Lesbian Fiction) 1998
US Review A plotless novel by the author of, among others, What Keeps Me Here (1996), this one written in the form of a medieval bestiary. The result is more a literary exercise than novel per se, since what plot remains is largely surreal and revolves around the musings of a young woman living in a studio apartment with an imaginary pack of Doberman pinschers. Unbidden guests, the Dobermans have invaded the woman's home and exercise a strange reign of terror over her, led by their sadistic commander ( Miss Dog ), who can be seductive and abusive by turns. Each chapter is organized around an illustration that symbolizes its guiding theme (as in Heart . . . in which is illustrated Righteousness ). All are loosely organized at best, and digressions carry us even further afield - such as a chapter that's narrated by Little Red Riding Hood ( A big burly woodsman comes up to me and says he'll walk with me because there might be wolves, but I'm not afraid. ) - to no discernible end. The whole is written up in the kind of overwrought prose ( I loved the awful beauty of the dog. . . . I was also afraid the dog would leave. For as much as she oppressed me I required her ) of little appeal anywhere outside the world of writing programs. A perfect miss: too straight-faced to be funny, too silly to be coherent, too obvious to be weird. (Kirkus Reviews)

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Author's Bio

Rebecca Brown is the author of a dozen books of prose including THE LAST TIME I SAW YOU, THE END OF YOUTH, THE DOGS, THE TERRIBLE GIRLS (City Lights) and THE GIFTS OF THE BODY (HarperCollins). She recently co-edited, with Mary Jane Knecht, an anthology of writers' responses to work at the Frye Art Museum.

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