Frog by Stephen Dixon

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Frog is a complex and paradoxical character: petulant, compulsive, overbearing, hostile, and self-righteous, but also imaginative, loving, kind, and strong. No matter how exasperating he gets, it's still hard not to care about him. His story is a nonsequential patchwork of flashbacks, real and imagined stories, and retellings from various perspectives.
 

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Published April 30, 2013 by Dzanc Books. 784 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The author of five well-reviewed but relatively obscure novels and eight story collections, Dixon may achieve a higher profile with this novel, a National Book Award finalist. Opening portentously wit

Jan 30 1995 | Read Full Review of Frog

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Opening portentously with the protagonist's trip to Kafka's grave, this 860-page Joycean monolith deftly portrays the urban nightmare as cosmic comedy, though some readers will doubtless be put off by chapter-length paragraphs, free association, time shifts and voice changes.

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Entertainment Weekly

Frog is a better novel than Norman Rush's clunky, National Book Award-winning Mating, but why these books, and not Mark Helprin's A Soldier of the Great War or Jane Smiley's A Thousand Acres, were nominated for a National Book Award is a puzzle more insoluble than any narrative trick in Frog.

Dec 06 1991 | Read Full Review of Frog

Common Sense Media

Although "Shivers," with its scary ghost theme, is a bit edgy for this usually gentle and very kid-friendly series, the children who read these books are typically enthralled by ghosts, goblins, and things that go bump in the night, and will enjoy reading how Toad and Frog deal with similar scary...

Jan 01 1979 | Read Full Review of Frog

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Sometimes Frog and Toad try to do the right thing (such as when Toad buys ice-cream cones for Frog and himself to counteract the heat of a summer day) and their good intentions turn out all wrong (the chocolate ice cream melts all over Toad, who then, looking like an "ice-cream monster," scares t...

Jan 01 1976 | Read Full Review of Frog

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Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.Find out more Parents need to know that universal themes in the book -- like eating too many cookies or having a strange dream -- are easy for youngsters to relate to.

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Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.Find out more Parents need to know that kids readily relate to these two friends, and the stories strike a chord with developing readers.

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