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3.86  ·  Rating details ·  702 Ratings  ·  101 Reviews
Tender and satiric, hilarious and humane, Dogwalker plunks readers down in a land of misfits and the circumstantially strange–where one young man buys drugs from a dealer who locks his customers in a closet, while another lands a cat-faced circus freak for a roommate, and yet another must choose between his pregnant wife and the ten-pound slug he’s convinced will bring him ...more
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Published January 22nd 2002 by Vintage (first published August 14th 2001)
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Will Byrnes
Dogwalker is a collection of short stories, some of which are entertaining, and all of which involve a pooch. Some were pretty good. Others just make me stare, while rotating my head this way and that, wondering what was going on. Overall, it was an interesting collection by a writer who seemed very young. The book was published in 2001. The author was born in 1969. Many of the stories here, maybe all, were written while Bradford was in his twenties. There is humor aplenty, and absurdity, perhap ...more
It seemed like a pretty simple trick to me. My friend Robert would hold the apple in his mouth while I, steady-handed, carved his initials into the piece of fruit with a chainsaw. "It only looks dangerous," I told Robert. "You have nothing to worry about."*

Yeah . . . you can probably guess that this doesn't end well. OR, maybe it does. You never can tell how an Arthur Bradford story is going to end. Sometimes a trip to the emergency room ends in death, but every now and then, it leads to a hot n
Nov 23, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Just reread this - really liked it. I ended up reading the whole thing in a day; I think the stories are best when together as a whole piece. I'd like to spend some more time thinking about the narrator...not sure what it is that I like so much about it, but there's something, beneath all the weirdness, that's really yearning and tender. There's a certain amoral quality to the narrator - though maybe that's not right, but there's a certain removed observance of things that anyone else would have ...more
Aug 06, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I hate dogs, just felt the need to say that after finishing this book. My main issue with Dogwalker is that the narrator is the same damn person in every story, always behaving in an apathetic, reaction-less way regardless of what's happening around him. Like the author wanted all the perks of writing in third person but while technically still having his "character" do the narration. He conveys only facts and almost no feelings, a perfect stoic, but I'm still supposed to feel something...appare ...more
Jun 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the most pre-9/11 book on the planet. You know how Kafka writes these really bizarre events in a voice that acts like nothing is really out of the ordinary? Well, Arthur Bradford does that too, except instead of early 20th Century Prague/that dark, expressionistic netherworld we associate with Kooky Franz, Bradford flings us into Richard Linklater's Austin, which, for me, makes the stories a bit more fun. Bradford grew up with Yale money, but he gave it all up to hang out in the woods wi ...more
Apr 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the one book I would recommend to someone who wants to know what I like about books.
This is a collection of stories that have pieces of normal life splashed with aspects of the bizarre, the exceptionally unlikely, and the completely impossible. Throughout it, the narrative is clever and crisp, never full of itself.
What if you had sex with your dog and the puppies were sort of half human? For instance. Fun, funny, and odd.
Aug 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my all-time favorites. I reread it often and have given it to friends as gifts. Arthur Bradford is brilliant.
Scott Neumyer
Jan 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read this collection countless times. It's actually probably my favorite short story collection of all time.
Jul 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Laugh out loud crazy, but not for everyone.
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