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Old Dog

3.5 of 5 stars 3.50  ·  rating details  ·  16 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Perro Viejo was taken away from his mother at birth and has known no other life than that of servitude on a sugar plantation. His name, which means "Old Dog," was given to him by the plantation master because, like the bloodhounds that chased fugitive slaves, Perro Viejo is always searching for the scent of his long lost mother. The only thing that keeps him alive is the m ...more
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published October 28th 2007 by Groundwood Books (first published 2007)
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Award winning book in Cuba, slice of life on a sugar plantation for a very old slave Perro Viejo. Fear, degradation, hope, forgetfulness, old age. An amazing book, very short.
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I liked this book more than that 2 star rating indicates. I really feel like this is an adult book, rather than teen. The main character and most of the others the reader encounters are old, complaining of physical pain and stewing over bitter memories. The couple kid or teen characters are very one dimensional. The author does a beautiful job with descriptions of the jungle and nature. After reading this book, I looked for more information on the author or historical background, but very little ...more
I'm trying to pick up reading Spanish again so I started back with this book. Very powerful and sad story about an elderly man who is enslaved on a sugar plantation and was born into slavery. As a mother, I was deeply touched by the part about him always trying to remember his mother's face - he was separated from her early on as the newborns stayed in the master's house cared for by elderly slave women, and his mother returned to the fields. What happens on the last page struck me deeply and ma ...more
Beautiful book. Although this is a very slim, 100 page book, it will steal your heart. Perro Viejo (Old Dog) has been a slave on his master's plantation since he was born. He is old, tired, and sore. He has hidden his heart away even from himself until Beira asks him to help a runaway.
Cuban slavery novella. Good voice, uncluttered. But the plot was slight and unremarkable.
Katie Lynn
Aug 03, 2011 Katie Lynn rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: bookclubs
Poignant, but a manageable chunk for such a hefty topic.
A great read - historical fiction about slavery.
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Teresa Cárdenas Angulo is a writer, poet, and dancer who was born in Cárdenas, Matanzas, in 1970.

She is a member of the National Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC).

Her book accomplishments include:

Cartas al Cielo: David Prize, 1997;

Hermanos Saiz Association Prize, 1997;

National Critics Prize, 1998.

Tatanene Cimarrón: Ismaelillo Prize, UNEAC.

Maldito Solar: Delia Carrera National Poetry C
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