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Marjorie Garber, the director of the Center for Literary and Cultural Studies at Harvard University, has produced a book that is very much in the tradition of another recent paean to canines, Elizabeth Marshall Thomas' The Hidden Life of Dogs. Thomas' book, however, somehow failed to inform us that a 1958 TV series pilot promisingly named "Superpup" narrowly missed making it to the small screen. Or that the world "puppy" comes from the French poupee, meaning "doll." Or a host of other fascinating, and not-so-fascinating, dog lore served up by Garber. When Garber writes about the intimate, supra-verbal bond that can develop between dogs and their masters, she tells us engagingly what we already sense. When she relates anecdotes of notable courage and loyalty in dogs, she describes what most dog owners already know. And when she argues that the love and loyalty of dogs towards their human masters can serve as a model for a more just and compassionate human society, well, you just can't help but want to go along with her. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Wise and witty, Garber (Vice Versa: Bisexuality and the Eroticism of Everyday Life), trains her formidable interpretative gifts on a vastly popular subject: dogs. Unlike such dog litterateurs as Elizabeth Marshall Thomas or Vicki Hearne, however, she observes not dogs themselves but their prominence in American culture. Examining everything from portrayals of dogs in books and films to people who report having had sex with dogs, she posits that our society relies on dogs to bring out its humanity. The argument is not especially original, but no matter: she unfolds it with such agility and imagination as to compel attention. Whether she is discussing the barking dog at the O.J. Simpson trial or offering a Lacanian analysis of Virginia Woolf's book Flush (described as "a tongue-in-jowl reimagining of the life of Elizabeth Barret Browning's beloved spaniel"), she demonstrates a keen and playful ear. There is an occasional odor of the graduate seminar ("Is caninophilia an erotics of dominance?"), but on the whole the prose is frisky and Garber's earnestness doesn't stand in the way of a light tone. Casual readers will also be encouraged by the book's organization into chapters built of brief, discrete segments ideal for browsing. Of recent dog books, this is easily the pick of the litter. Photos not seen by PW. BOMC, QPB, Good Cook and Country Home & Garden alternates.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone (December 2, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684835525
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684835525
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,298,398 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Coolox on April 16, 1999
Format: Paperback
I rather enjoyed this book. No, it definitely is not another cutesy dog book. Rather it is more of an academic study of the relationship between man and dog. There is a chapter on Bestiality which may offend some people, but I personally was pleased to see someone have the courage to deal with this 'forbidden' subject.
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9 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 24, 1997
Format: Hardcover
This book looks like it has potential, but be aware that there's a short chapter on bestiality. It's very academic and well done, but I wouldn't give it as a gift to anybody even remotely prudish.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Clark Elliott on October 22, 2012
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This book arrived very FAST and for being "used" looked like new. I couldn't be happier with the PERFECT service.
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8 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Deni Tanoyo on May 24, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the most attractive dog-book I've ever read. You will get more understanding about the world of your beloved dog, that actually, we can humanize dog. The scope of this book is about dog's life, dog's manner, dog's soul, and....I can't mention all of them. Buy this book, and you will understand by yourself !
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21 of 40 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 5, 1998
Format: Paperback
Don't be fooled. This is NOT a book filled with heart-warming stories of dog-human relationships as the title and the cover picture suggest. In fact, this book could be very disturbing for people who consider themselves dog lovers. So disappointed and disgusted I returned it to the bookstore the next day. Don't buy it.
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