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Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog

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The 'Young Dog' of the title is of course Thomas himself, & this volume of autobiographical stories by the great modern poet, who shows his waggish humor at its best, his exuberance & verbal magic in spectacular display. It also shows him a spinner of tales & a creator of memorable characters.
The peaches
A visit to Grandpa's
Patricia, Edith & Arnold
The fight
Paperback, 186 pages
Published 1968 by New Directions Publishing Corporation (NYC) (first published 1940)
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Dez contos que relatam momentos da vida do autor, durante a infância e adolescência.
Gostei muito dos primeiros contos - de quando ele era menino - e da inocência e perspicácia com que observa e descreve pequenos pormenores do comportamento dos adultos.
Depois cresce, vai para a escola, vai acampar com os amigos,...e...não tenho paciência...
Jun 18, 2007 crystal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I started telling my friend this story from my childhood when I realized I had no memory of the event. It wasn't my childhood at all but Three Peaches. Dylan's stories are so natural and absorbing that they settle in with you.
Jul 28, 2007 Jon rated it it was amazing
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There were always a few Dylan Thomas poems in our English lit books in high school - "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night" was the most prominent - but I don't think I really got it until I heard a recording of him reading "A Child's Christmas In Wales" in his incredibly rich, expressive and tender baritone. The stories in this little volume are in that vein - quaint and loving reminiscences of his boyhood Wales, but unsparing, and richly evocative. Here is a short sentence about drinking beer ...more
Dylan Thomas (identificabil pentru cine ştie cît timp cu inubliabilul do not go gentle into that good night) a construit Portretul artistului ca tînăr cîine din zece povestiri care-şi adună conţinutul din experineţele directe ale lui Thomas, toate legate de vîrstele primelor descoperiri revelatorii: copilăria şi adolescenţa. Desigur, ele pot fi citite în orice ordine preferaţi, fără teamă că pierdeţi vreun fir care le ordonează (asta deşi există cîteva personaje şi peisaje recurente, dar fără ca ...more
Liam Guilar
Dec 10, 2015 Liam Guilar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There was a time when Dylan Thomas's poetry was a necessary obsession for literary adolescents. But then we grew up. These days most of the poems don't seem convincing, but the prose and 'Under Milkwood' still hold their own.

If the title is a not so sly dig at Joyce the collection of stories invites and is haunted by a damaging comparison with 'Dubliners'.

Thomas's prose sings and the stories of growing up in Wales are memorable. 'One Warm Saturday' , the last story, has been a favorite for decad
Apr 17, 2011 Nikki rated it really liked it
I don't like Dylan Thomas' short stories nearly as much as his poetry and Under Milk Wood, but he certainly has a way with words, with descriptions that are fresh and different. For that it gets an extra star than I would normally give it.

A couple of these stories -- 'A Visit to Grandpa's' and 'One Warm Saturday' -- are really going to stick in my mind.

As with Under Milk Wood, likely to reward rereading: I'd read 'The Peaches' and 'Extraordinary Little Cough' before, and I liked them more this t
Nov 14, 2010 Kirstie rated it really liked it
Recommended to Kirstie by: Rory
There's a great deal of interesting characters to these stories and though they don't really knock you over the head, they tend to stick with you for awhile in all their small subtleties. What I really enjoyed about this book is, and excuse me for being very Holden Caufield-y but none of the characters are fake or phony even the guy who convinces two women he loves them both. There's a sense of innocence to these Welsh human beings even when their intentions are not so good and there's also a hu ...more
Mar 21, 2012 Ape rated it it was amazing
This was such a good read. He has such a way of describing people and situations. It's really worth reading - actually made me laugh out loud which doesn't happen a lot with books =) It's a collection of short chapters about his childhood and his days as a newbie journalist in Swansea. With lots of eccentric Welsh characters all over the place. I especially loved the chapter when he was little and was staying with his uncle and aunt and his mad cousin who had built a church in the farmyard barn; ...more
May 13, 2012 Terry rated it it was ok
Thomas is better known as a poet (ex. "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night") but here he uses prose, or, more accurately, prose-poetry. Thomas parodies the title and the structure, but not the content, of Joyce's "Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man", and "Dubliners". Whereas Joyce gave us windows into his youth in Ireland of the late-19th to early 20th century, Thomas writes of Wales circa the 1920s. Most of the stories are straightforward, but one or two are highly symbolic and make no sen ...more
Sep 23, 2014 Semnebune rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Înainte de a începe să citesc Portretul artistului ca tânăr câine, în mintea mea deja apăruseră câteva flash-uri cu imagini posibile dintr-o carte cu un astfel de titlu: mizerie, sărăcie, beții, femei și, pe ici pe acolo fărâme de poezie. Thomas și-a câștigat mare parte din faimă murind la nici patruzeci de ani, iar restul… desigur, scriind. Situat undeva între influențele pop-art și psihedelice, galezul impresionează prin pasajele analitice și explorările sinelui; deși introvert, reușește să de ...more
Aug 14, 2009 Eddie rated it it was ok
It was a kinda slow at times, and sometimes it didn't really keep my attention. The end is really good, but I'm not sure if it is sufficiently good to make up for the slow rest of the book. It's definitely well written, many of the descriptions are really quite beautiful, but overall it was just okay. The style was nice, and if I spent more time thinking about the book and what it was saying I probably would have liked it more.
Eric Hinkle
Jan 29, 2014 Eric Hinkle rated it it was amazing
Dylan Thomas wrote stories exactly the way I would like to write: witty, playful, wonderfully and unusually descriptive, and poetic as heck. Chiefly known as a poet, it makes sense that he spends way more of his time here chiseling out perfect phrases and sentences than bothering about narrative. While each story does have a very interesting plot, there are many, many paragraphs dedicated to fascinating descriptions: of people, landscapes, houses, or inner feelings (mostly of young Dylan himself ...more
Emily Yelencich
Feb 05, 2012 Emily Yelencich rated it it was amazing
I especially liked: The Fight and One Warm Saturday. I haven't read any Dylan Thomas before, but I really enjoyed the atmospheric feeling of his prose. I think the predominant themes of isolation, loneliness, and longing were captured beautifully in the exploration of coming of age in the city. Seems to me he has a pretty vast and deep understanding of the human condition.
Felix Purat
Nov 11, 2014 Felix Purat rated it liked it
A memoir of poet Dylan Thomas’ life in Wales, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog is amusing on the outside with its catchy Joycean name, but that is not enough to save Thomas’ prose writing, which I naively assume is everything his poetry isn’t (I haven’t actually read much of his poetry – is that a bad thing??). The format is interesting though: instead of writing about his childhood days in a singular storyline, Thomas tells it in short story format, which reminded me of the setup of the Du ...more
Oct 19, 2009 Nick rated it liked it
This is early, quiet, observant Dylan Thomas, someone at home on the byways and beaches of his native Wales. He was already a poet when he published it, and although it shows off some of his rhythmic skill, the interest here is in the particular, in people. As he writes in an early story: “Gwilym was a tall young man aged nearly twenty, with a think stick of a body and spade-shaped face. You could dig the garden with him.” Many of the most effective stories are written from the perspective of ch ...more
Dec 09, 2013 Paul rated it liked it
With a title nodding at James Joyce, Thomas' first prose collection (after several volumes of poetry) was published in 1940. Also autobiographical, these ten somewhat bittersweet stories cover different periods in the author's childhood, later youth and early adulthood. These stories are tenderly written, though they have more than a fair share of humour and are definitely written with a twinkle in the eye. They give an interesting insight to the lower-middle class childhood and coming of age Th ...more
Horia Bura
These childhood recollections are not distinguished by something in particular, in terms of novelty, style or interesting characters, except perhaps the grandfather who goes to another small town to die and be buried. An easily forgettable reading, as I couldn't really connect to Thomas's childhood world, populated by quite banal characters and events. Still searching for a great poet's prose that I could really both enjoy and appreciate.
Metavee Varintaravejh
Apr 26, 2015 Metavee Varintaravejh rated it really liked it
Dylan's poetry referred in my dad conversation for many times. Now I know why he didn't love Dylan but dad likes him quite a lot. Anyway its name reminds me of Joyce anyway. I'd not like to said like that but It's really damn true for me. Both of them are one of my dad's favorites and I enjoyed reading this one likes repeat reading my childhood letter. Fascinated me anyway.
Sheila Francis
Aug 12, 2014 Sheila Francis rated it liked it
I was engaged by this collection mostly because I'm interested in Dylan Thomas and in the historical context of these stories. Having said that, the ending of 'A Visit to Grandpa's', particularly the final image, will stay with me. Likewise the desolate ending of 'One Warm Saturday'.
Adam Stone
The Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog is a book of short stories written by the welsh writer and poet Dylan Thomas. Ten stories comprise this collection and each of them feature a raft of interesting characters which are all well drawn.

After reading these I believe that they work best read aloud much like Thomas' Under Milk Wood and I would love to hear them like that.

It was certainly interesting to read as Thomas was often a beautiful writer and really had a way with words and he certainl
Nov 26, 2008 B added it
Excellent book. I read it for a class and we kind of treated it more as a novel than a short story collection for the purposes of the class, but it's the book that I chose to write my final paper on. The short stories are very good, and most are sad or bittersweet, but not all. Also, the narrator for the most part is Thomas himself, which means he's a very boyish boy and mannish man. You know, stuff like getting into fights with kids and becoming friends over that, getting drunk a lot when older ...more
Aldo Lingua
Mar 17, 2016 Aldo Lingua rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Traté de leerlo cuando tenía 16, pero no me movió. No me hizo nada. Ahora, 12 años después, me hizo un mundo. Es raro que una lectura me calce tan bien en lo que estoy viviendo que me haga pensar en lo que he vivido.
pleasant autobiographical stories based
on the authors welsh boyhood...though
the falsely advertised smokin dog on the
cover was far mo' entertainin'
Didn't think I'd like this book but I enjoyed each short story to varying degrees. Some of them are strange but they are all colourful and full of details about life in the days of Dylan Thomas's childhood. Sometimes it's nice to step away from the modern world and just enjoy life before computers and mobile phones.
David Absalom
Feb 27, 2016 David Absalom rated it really liked it
****s or *****s--it's a fine line with something like this. I din't know what to say other than if you like good short stories you should read this book.
Chas Bayfield
May 12, 2014 Chas Bayfield rated it it was ok
I'd already read 'Peaches' for O'level so I was keen to read more but remember finding this disappointing - overly flowery for the sake of it.
Miriam Wakerly
Jun 16, 2014 Miriam Wakerly rated it really liked it
Enjoyed the rich language, vignettes and cameos of Dylan Thomas life, more interesting than a 'this happened and then this' chronological account of life. Tied in well with recent TV viewing of Tom Hollander's great performance as Dylan.
Aslı Can
Kitaba roman olduğu inanışı ile başladım ve okuduğum parçaları kafamda bütünleştirmekle ilgili problem yaşadım. Sonra roman olmadığını, bağımsız bölümlerden oluştuğunu fark ettim ve öyle okumak daha kolay oldu. Ama hala bu kitap konu bütünlüğü olan bir romanmış da, ben kavrayamışım gibi bir his var içimde. Aslında güzel denebilecek parçalar vardı ama herhangi bi duygu ya da düşünce tetiklemedi bende hiçbiri. Bilmiyorum, pek iyi anlaşamadık sanırım kitapla.
Lukas Evan
Mar 10, 2015 Lukas Evan rated it liked it
Was "Portrait of the Artist as Young Alcoholic" taken? Too soon?
Bülent Çallı
Bu kitabın tarifinde yazarın en büyük eseri olarak gösteriliyor gibi bir ibare var. Bunun doğru olduğunu pek sanmıyorum. Çünkü Dylan Thomas çok büyük bir şairdi ve dolayısıyla en büyük eseri şiirleri olmalı. Bu tek düz yazı eserinde başlık olarak James Joyce'un benzer isimli bir kitabına ve meşhur köpek korkusuna bir gönderme mevcut olsa da eser eli yüzü düzgün bir şekilde kaleme alınmış hoş çocukluk anılarından fazlası değil.
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Dylan Marlais Thomas was a Welsh poet who wrote in English. He is regarded by many as one of the 20th century's most influential poets.

In addition to poetry, Thomas also wrote short stories and scripts for film and radio, with the latter frequently performed by Thomas himself. His public readings, particularly in America, won him great acclaim; his booming, at times ostentatious, voice with a subt
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