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Housebroken: Three Novellas

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The men, women, and even animals in this collection live at the mercy of their hearts. Young and old, on two legs or four, they grope for love and tenderness, knowing that all connection is fraught with danger and all relationship random and evanescent. Yet the heart wants what it wants. The title novella, a wrenching account of the end of love, traces a gentle dog's ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published July 5th 2002 by Picador (first published January 1st 1997)
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Sab
Jun 26, 2007 Sab rated it it was amazing
The title story in this collection of three novellas is one of the most affecting stories I've read in my entire life, and one that hasn't left me since I've read it. It chronicles, in dogpov, the sad decline of a dog from happy puppy to bitter, angry beast, set against its owners falling out of love and into bitterness themselves. The spare, innocent narrator, the dog, wants nothing but love, and his slow, creeping, puppy cynicism made me bawl my goddamned eyes out.

The other two novellas are al
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Lisa
Feb 07, 2012 Lisa rated it really liked it
Three completely different novellas, all providing a different take on relationships. The first novella is quite good, the story of a dog accidentally brought into a home who inadvertently brings 2 people together. Not as sweet a story as it sounds. As each person tries to hide his/her feelings from the other, you wince at what they do to each other. In this story Paris is the least romantic city on earth.

If a story from the perspective of a dog seems strange, how about the real love a man may f
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Belinda
Jul 07, 2013 Belinda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
While there are redeeming qualities in the writers arsenal, the manner in which he writes this book is not a style I love, or even like. Most of the characters are not named, and while I understand it may be to provide an 'every person' anonymity, in my opinion it fails miserably with the reader feeling detached and uncaring about the characters; Although emotions are expressed, they feel vague and blank. And I don't really get why we need to know about this journey...was it even a journey?? The ...more
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Nov 01, 2010 Jolianna rated it it was amazing
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dieses buch ist was ganz besonderes. es enthält drei novellen, die alle sehr traurig aber auch sehr schön sind und sich mit den schwierigkeiten zwischenmenschlicher beziehungen beschäftigen. die geschichten sind alle etwa 100 seiten lang, das ist lang genug um sich an handlung und charaktere zu gewöhnen und kurz genug um nicht monatelang an einer zu hängen und am ende nicht mehr zu wissen, was am anfang war.
Terri Phillips
Mar 23, 2016 Terri Phillips rated it liked it
The first of the three books was by far my favourite, and the last I liked the least. All well written and thought out, but the overwhelming sadness of all the books did nothing for my mood. The first was so clever, mostly written from the POV of the dog but the other two did not live up to that standard.
Reuben
Apr 09, 2008 Reuben rated it liked it
Recommended to Reuben by: gwen g
I would give this another half-star if I could. I enjoyed it, insofar as I can enjoy a book that kind of makes me hate humanity. Ultimately, though, I don't think I GOT these stories on the level that one needs to to really love them. Maybe I'm looking for something that wasn't there.
gwen g
Oct 17, 2007 gwen g rated it it was amazing
AMAZING. I can't even imagine how good these novellas are in the original Hebrew; her translator must have been excellent, because they're incredibly rich and nuanced in English.
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Yael Hedaya was born in Jerusalem in 1964, and now lives in Messilat Zion. She holds a BA in philosophy and liberal arts from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and received an MA in English literature and creative writing from New York University. Hedaya has worked as a journalist and columnist for the mass circulation daily Yedioth Ahronoth and the Tel Aviv weekly, Ha'Ir. She was also one of the ...more
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