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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Mum won't kill snakes because she says they help to keep the rats down (but she rescued a nest of baby mice from the barns and left them to grow in my cupboard, where they ate holes in the family's winter jerseys).Nov 23 2002 | Read Full Review of The Dogs: A Modern Bestiary
The Truth About Dogs Stephen Budiansky 263pp, Weidenfeld, £20 Buy it at a discount at BOL A martian biologist could understand dogs at once: they are parasites, who have developed to exploit Homo sapiens.Jan 20 2001 | Read Full Review of The Dogs: A Modern Bestiary
She can slice and dice a character in a couple of well-chosen strokes, as in Paul's recollection of his first wife, Maura, ''whose voice filled our house like a thick mortar, sealing every crack and corner.'' In contrast, when Paul meets Lexy almost a year after his divorce, he delights in her sp...Jun 13 2003 | Read Full Review of The Dogs: A Modern Bestiary
Whether vilified as vicious baby-killers or embraced by moneymaking dogfighters – like football phenom Michael Vick, before his 2007 conviction – the breed is in trouble.Sep 17 2010 | Read Full Review of The Dogs: A Modern Bestiary
It would make a wonderful book to read aloud, I was alone while reading it and I was tempted to sing Lulu’s money song, “Jimmy, Johnny, Joseph, Jake!Oct 01 2012 | Read Full Review of The Dogs: A Modern Bestiary
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