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Boswell Speaks: Volume 2 [Kindle Edition]

Richard Grossman , Eric Hanson
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Book Description

“Grant me the serenity to leave the kibble I should not eat, to eat the kibble I should not waste and the wisdom to know the difference.”
The Kibbilosity Prayer from Boswell Speaks: Volume 2

Boswell Speaks is a hilarious, illustrated novel in four short volumes, based on @BoswellSpeaks, the popular Twitter feed of award-winning author Richard Grossman’s real-life Australian Terrier pal.

In this second installment of the eBook series, we follow the fun-loving canine and his magical, chew-toy friend, Stuffy, on their continuing mission to discover the secret meaning of the universe in Boswell’s kibble bowl. Their far-ranging dialogues provide raucous commentary on current events, politics and personalities.

As Volume 2 opens, Stuffy advises Boswell to recite the Kibbilosity Prayer and develop a belief in his Higher Poocher. Soon a vision of a winged dog appears over his kibble bowl, and —shazam!— nuggets of wisdom transmit to the irrepressible pup—and to all of us who read his tweets. Boswell’s love affair with Lulu, the neighbor's white Standard Poodle, is another matter: the terrier's short legs seem sure to thwart the realization of his carnal fantasies about the towering beauty.

For everyone who wonders what their pets are thinking, Boswell Speaks: Volume 2 reveals what our furry friends really have on their minds. While it's not surprising to learn that food and naps take high priority, you might be shocked to discover that they are obsessed with sex, reality TV, cloud-computing, Hollywood culture, twelve-step programs, and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Product Details

  • File Size: 436 KB
  • Print Length: 128 pages
  • Publisher: American Letters Press, LLC; 1 edition (June 21, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008E0OTE6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,281,689 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Here's the world of a dog, Boswell, an adorable Australian Terrier, as portrayed in his conversations with "his magical, mangled, brain-channeling, straight-man toy, Stuffy," the chew-toy.
The far-ranging conversations involve Grossman, his owner and the "immortallizer" of these dialogs; squirrels, dead and very much alive; Lulu the Poodle, the vertically forbidden love of Boswell's; politics of the revolution and the under-squirrels; telephones; the Higher Poocher and Kibbilosity Prayer, among other thing. The dialogs are not only cute but also witty:

Stuffy: "You can't bribe Grossman. He already has everything he needs."
Boswell: "He doesn't have a dead squirrel, I say with absolute authority."


Stuffy: "Grossman agrees with me that you are being unreasonable. He's trying to teach you a tough lesson."
Boswell: "This is worse than waterboarding! I say. I'm going to complain to the Geneva Convention."
Stuffy: "What's the Geneva Convention have to do with this, Boswell? I heard about it all from Bruno, the dog next door. It's all the terriers who live in Geneva. It's in a place called Switzerland."

Some of these read like haikus if formatted accordingly. Let's try it:

"What happened to the
I ask the toy, curious."

"There's a squirrel in the garden that keeps laughing at me.
His name is Mortimer.
I'm sure I can bag him if I want to."

"He didn't bring me my kibble, either!
I say. What's going on around here?
Everything is collapsing around me."

What at first seems like a cuddly little book of funnies illustrated with cute drawings and punctuated by naptimes is, in my opinion, a modern take on Socratic dialogue.
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Boswell the dog has a friend named Stuffy, so named because he is a stuffed animal. Stuffy channels humans. Boswell is concerned that even though he gets human information from Stuffy, what he says might also be leaked out to humans. Boswell probably should listen a lot less to his buddy Bruno, who seems to give bad information. Boswell is a lovable character and the entire conversation with Stuffy is a very charming read. Grossman is not only the author, but is the main person that Boswell is afraid of having know what he is saying. Since the book is written, it is obviously too late. Grossman has turned out a light-hearted, whimsical look at life through a dog's eyes that is very much worth the read. He has captured what I would imagine the world would look like to a dog, especially a Terrier, while managing to keep the innocent naivete that dogs have about generally everything. Dog lovers and people interested in human nature will enjoy it a great deal.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny! December 21, 2012
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Boswell is funny and very human-like and that's what I like about this book. Since finding his handle on Twitter I'm a big fan who will come back for more.

Boswell seems to be full of wisdom and witty comments and that's what I like. We all need some comic relief nowadays with political strife, the end of the world AGAIN, and economic challenges, the comic relief can be had with this fun ebook.

I'm glad to have been introduced to this series. Cheers to Boswell finding the answers in his food bowl while some of us have access to so much and can't figure out how to walk out the door properly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Boswell Definitely Speaks Volumes December 20, 2012
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Richard Grossman does an excellent job of delving into the psyche of his Australian Terrier, Boswell. The book is light-hearted, funny, and witty. Some of Boswell's thoughts are laugh-out-loud hilarious, as his thoughts ramble anywhere from food, sex, toys, and more. Boswell's conversations with his magical toy, Stuffy is such a hoot.

I have to say my favorite section of the book is the chapter titled, The Codependent Toy. If you want to read some funny dog humor, this book will definitely put a smile on your face.
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More About the Author

Born in Lubbock, Texas in 1943 and raised in Minneapolis, Richard Grossman received a BA in English Literature from Stanford University in 1965. After working as a high-level executive for a multi-national financial services company, he left the corporate world in 1976 in order to devote his time to writing. His first book of poetry, Tycoon Boy, was published by kayak in 1977 and was followed by The Animals (Zygote Press, 1983; Graywolf, 1990; revised edition, American Letters Press, 2011).

For the past two decades Grossman has been concentrating on a trilogy of novels entitled American Letters, intended to redefine the nature of writing. Its first two volumes, The Alphabet Man, describing hell, and The Book of Lazarus, describing purgatory, were published by FC2 in 1993 and 1997 respectively. The trilogy's final installment, The Interstate Bingo, describing heaven, is forthcoming in 2014. The trilogy is among the 39 elements in Breeze Avenue, a 3,000,000-page work conceived by Grossman as a literary analog of cosmic consciousness. This project, whose ambition is to redefine the nature of literature, will be launched online in its comprehensive digital form in 2015 and then installed in a reading room as a set of 5,000 unique printed volumes. An abridged 6,000-page version of American Letters, presented in eight printed volumes, will follow. Additionally, 14 individual books from the trilogy are being published between 2011 and 2015. Works of art in a variety of media including sculptures, installations, videos, photographs, music, and theatrical performances are being produced by Grossman as part of the project.

Grossman's poetry has appeared in over a hundred publications, including the Southern, Paris, North American, Chicago, and Hudson reviews. The Alphabet Man won the Illinois State University/Fiction Collective Two National Fiction Competition and was nominated for a PENWest Fiction Prize. Grossman and his wife currently live in Los Angeles, California and Makaweli, Hawaii.

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