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The Hidden Life of Humans

3.08 of 5 stars 3.08  ·  rating details  ·  49 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Erika Ritter's funny and audacious debut novel examines contemporary human conditions through the eyes of a woman and a dog. Single and on the downhill side of forty, Dana Jaeger has an unswerving allegiance to short-term involvements and perennially arrested adolescence. Lately, though, unexpected developments have begun to test the depth of her devotion to non-commitment ...more
Hardcover, 376 pages
Published January 1st 1997 by Key Porter Books
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My confession: this is not the sort of book I would usually read. I am mainly a sci-fi/fantasy junkie, and this is about as far from that as you can get.

That said, Ritter writes well. It is obvious that she has a love of language. Her characters each have their own voice, even when viewed through the lens of the protagonist. The human protagonist is flawed in a way that makes her real - she doesn't always make the best choices, and admits to that.

The dog... I wish there had been more from the d
Aug 21, 2014 Val added it
Book was ok, I lost patience with the main character towards the end, couldn't really connect with her. Loved the dog, wished he had more to say...
Mathew Daniel
Marvelous read...highly recommended!
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I didn't give this one much of a chance actually. I read enough to find some interesting points of view (one chapter told by a human, and the next by a dog). I also never read watership down or the white bone because i think i have a problem reading from an animal's point of view. Someday I'd like to though.
This was fun. I read it ages ago and really enjoyed it. Gave a copy to my friend I knew would live it. Time for a reread!
I've posted a review of this book on my blog.
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Erika Ritter is a Canadian playwright and humorist. She studied drama at McGill University and the University of Toronto. In addition to her published work, she has written and hosted programming for CBC Radio. Ritter was host of Saturday Stereo Theatre (1983–1984), Dayshift (1985–88), Air Craft (1988–1990) and Ontario Morning (2000–2005). She has also served as guest host on numerous programs, in ...more
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