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The Dogs: A Modern Bestiary

4.23 of 5 stars 4.23  ·  rating details  ·  87 ratings  ·  11 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 166 pages
Published January 1st 2001 by City Lights Publishers (first published January 1st 1998)
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I remember this to be an incredibly unique and disturbing book (in the best way). It is one I think I could read many times and have a different interpretation each time. Each chapter has a slightly different lens of looking at the dogs and the woman whose home/life they take over. Whether representative of oppression, personal demons, an abusive partner, the book leaves you constantly curious.
might be the only book of rebecca brown's that i won't read again. it's amazing, but completely horrific. i don't have the stomach for a second go-round.
Sep 19, 2011 Nikolai rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who like to think, fans of psychology or psych horror
I finished this less than an hour ago. I spent most of that time doing nothing but reflecting on what I'd just read, trying to comprehend more than I had already, going back and rereading passages, re-analysing. Yet I'm still unable to put into words the effect it's had upon me. It's an extraordinary piece. The line between reality and the narrator's delusions, or dreams, or simply symbolic retelling- it's done beautifully. The writing is at times poetic, at times harsh and relentless. It's enti ...more
"what we talk about when we talk about horror"; RB is exhaustingly re-readable for me, but I'm glad I had the space between passes at this one (2001 and now) to forget the initial devastation. Triggering for abuse survivors, certainly, but the interplay of mental illness and the reinforcement of culturally embedded archetypes/mythology fueling cycles of abuse is masterful. And, as with all RB's work, the writing stands strong on its own, line-for-line, with some of the more devastating turns of ...more
Heath Davis
I treated this book like a reliquary. I read each chapter at least twice going back over passages again and again to see if there was anything I had missed. It was recommended to me by my best friend and I found myself texting her at odd moments to say, "there is so much in here about abuse/abusive relationships!" or "This could be a meditation on care or care giving" or "I could see how this could be about mental illness." All of this before I finally gave in and saw that it was about everythin ...more
OH man!!! Only a chapter into this thing. I am hooked. I am sad I forgot it at home, as I am away right now.
Relentless, painful, frightening.... just like life. The ending is magnificent.
clarissa cutrell
Mar 18, 2008 clarissa cutrell rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes Jeanette Winterson
So clever and lovely prose. Similar to Jeanette Winterson's style.
Elizabeth Frankie Rollins
Let Miss Dog whip you into shape!
May 05, 2008 amelia rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to amelia by: Carol Guess
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Rebecca Brown’s diverse oeuvre contains collections of essays and short stories, a fictionalized autobiography, a modern bestiary, a memoir in the guise of a medical dictionary, a libretto for a dance opera, a play, and various kinds of fantasy.
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