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The 101 Dalmatians by Dodie Smith
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Sep 18, 2009

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bookshelves: ya, recommended
Read in September, 2009

I can't resist a story set in England between the wars, and as Dodie Smith is the author of one of my favorite books of all time, I Capture the Castle, I can't resist this book. It's so much better than the Disney movie (shocker: Perdita is not Pongo's wife. She's a wet nurse brought in to help Pongo's wife Missis with the puppies) but when I read it this time I was a little shocked at how sexist it was. Little things like Missis being unable to follow directions or tell her left from her right, or the puppy that only wants to watch television and has to ride in a cart pushed by other puppies also being the only girl, but they kind of add up after a while. But then again, it is England between the wars.

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