Last Days of the Dog-Men by Brad Watson

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 2 Critic Reviews



In prose so precise and beautiful it makes a reader's hair stand on end, Brad Watson writes about people and dogs: dogs as companions, as accomplices, and as unwitting victims of human passions; and people responding to dogs as missing parts of themselves. In each of these stories he captures the animal crannies of the human personality - yearning for freedom, mourning the loss of something wild, drawn to human connection but also to thoughtless abandon and savagery without judgment. Ultimately, however, people are responsible where dogs are not: "I'm told in medieval times, " the narrator of the title story tells us, "animals were regularly put on trial, with witnesses and testimony and so forth. But it is relatively rare today."

About Brad Watson

See more books from this Author
Brad Watson lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Foley, Alabama.
Published April 1, 1996 by W W Norton & Co Inc. 146 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for Last Days of the Dog-Men

Kirkus Reviews

See more reviews from this publication

A powerful debut collection of eight stories (two previously published in Story magazine) that are linked thematically: They're all about man and dog, though not in any sappy sense, and with no cute anthropomorphizing.

| Read Full Review of Last Days of the Dog-Men

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

In ""The Wake,"" a highly symbolic, surreal tale, a stray dog's death beneath a man's house coincides with his receipt in the mail of a packing crate that contains his ex-lover, whose accusatory voice confronts him with past mistakes and failures and his tendency, as it were, to let dead dogs lie.

| Read Full Review of Last Days of the Dog-Men

Reader Rating for Last Days of the Dog-Men

An aggregated and normalized score based on 11 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes

Rate this book!

Add Review