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Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  1,457 Ratings  ·  92 Reviews
The 'Young Dog' of the title is of course Thomas himself, and this volume of autobiographical stories by the great modern poet, who shows his waggish humor at its best, his exuberance and verbal magic in spectacular display. It also shows him a spinner of tales and a creator of memorable characters.
Paperback, 382 pages
Published August 5th 1993 by Phoenix Press (first published 1940)
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crystal
Apr 05, 2007 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.
Mnemosyne
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...
Jon
Jul 18, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: you
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
Liam Guilar
Nov 12, 2012 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
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Bülent Çallı
Bu kitabın arka kapak yazısında "yazarın en büyük eseri olarak gösteriliyor" gibi bir ibare var. Bunun doğru olduğunu sanmıyorum. Çünkü, Dylan Thomas çok büyük bir şairdi ve dolayısıyla en büyük eseri şiirleri olmalı. Thomas'ın bu tek düz yazı eserinde, başlık olarak James Joyce'un benzer isimli bir kitabına ve Joyce'un meşhur köpek korkusuna bir gönderme var. Bu ilgi çekici olsa da eser, eli yüzü düzgün bir şekilde kaleme alınmış (herhalde yani) hoş çocukluk anılarından fazlası değil.
Bookaholic
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
Nikki
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
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Kirstie
Nov 14, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Ape
Mar 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Terry
May 13, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Eddie
Jul 20, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Emily Yelencich
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.
Steve Newman
Dec 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An old friend...
Chris
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was doing research in Swansea, Wales while reading this book, which is a perfect locale since Thomas is from the area. I was not ready for Thomas' engaging language. He refuses to idealize his characters, so by addressing their contradictions, he gets into their complexities like a drunken Uncle Jim who he holds in affection even though Jim abandons him for hours to go into a bar.

Furthermore, the book is funny. From "The Fight":

"Mr. Samuels complained once a week that boys from the school th
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Chiefdonkey Bradey
Each story as clear and fresh as rain - yet always sadness following like a shadow
Paul
Aug 12, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nick
Oct 19, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Semnebune
Sep 23, 2014 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
Dewey
Oct 27, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Diptarup Ghosh Dastidar
Most of the stories in this collection were overtly descriptive, appealing to the senses, ones which you would enjoy reading while in your free time sitting by the river, or under a tree, free from all stress of daily life! However if you are looking for something that would make you think for some time, this is not the book for you!
These short stories are autobiographical in nature and the arrangement is chronological to the author's life. In the first story, the narrator is a small kid, who d
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Eric Hinkle
Jan 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
B
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
Adam Stone
Aug 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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Fritz
Jan 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not yet, have I ventured into the mysterious world of poetry seriously. I've read some John Donne and read some to and fro. But this 'autobiography' of one of the English language's most important poets of the 20th century has certainly aroused my interest.

The book loosely follows the author as he travels across ages and styles into his life, an absurd array of stories which has its grande finale in "One Warm Saturday"

One last quote:
"Too much platitudinous verbosity!"
Nancy
Apr 24, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Although Dylan Thomas is more known for his poetry, I decided to try a collection of his short stories. I enjoyed some of them, but some I had trouble following. I understand he had an incredible voice and that people loved to hear him do readings. Some of it really was great, but I think if he wasn't "famous" I wouldn't think much of them as a whole. They are autobiographical and all I kept thinking as I read them was, "here is a perfect example of a GT boy/young man."
Maria Longley
Ten evocative short stories make up this autobiographical account - or "inspired by a true story" type of autobiography? I don't know enough to know, but it doesn't really matter. 'The Peaches' really sticks in my mind and there is plenty in the other stories too in terms of a catch of phrase or a scene described or just the unflappable, unjudgemental observer of the stories. Great stuff. And good to read some more Dylan Thomas in this centenary year of his birth.
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.
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
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.
Kitty
Mar 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think I've said this before, but words make me fall in love. I've fallen in love over email with a guy I never met simply because the way he wrote overpowered me and really resonated. Dylan Thomas is like that too. A warm fuzzy blanket of words that I can wrap up in, like an old friend. There is pain and love and hope and hopelessness in his writing, the perfect window into a perfect mind.
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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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