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Dog Dogs Paperback – October 15, 1998
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It appears to be wordless; the photographs begin on page one, and there is no text or even a frontispiece before them. If you dig a little, you will find that in fact, buried deep in the middle of this book are two choice bones: an essay, "My Dog Days," by Erwitt, and P. G. Wodehouse's "About My Friends," an appreciation of Elliott Erwitt and of dogs, in Erwitt's words, " easy, uncomplaining targets." Wodehouse traces his own colorful history of dog-owning with warmth and dry humor. Whereas Erwitt writes that "with dogs, as with love affairs, the first and the last are most vivid," Wodehouse seems to vividly remember many more than a couple of dogs.
Wodehouse is convincing, for example, in his assertion that Aberdeen terriers are so "full of the Calvinistic spirit that it is impossible for an ordinary erring human being not to feel ill at ease in their presence." He loves dogs, (some more than others), he doesn't apologize for it, and asks, finally, for "a standing ovation to all dogs," which is precisely what this terrific little book delivers.
For quality, try Conrad's "Les Chiens de Paris", 1/8th the size, but culled from a wide assortment of photographers (incl. Erwitt), though in just one (forgive the pun) spot.
Also, if you're gift-shopping for someone else's children, as I was, be aware that Erwitt includes some near-naked Frenchmen and Brazilians with his dogs.
The book is full of great photos. And a bunch of not-so-great ones as well. It almost seems like these may have been the photos from which 'Son of Bitch' was edited. Overall, the book is weakened by including too many photos.
But what really hurts this book (and almost earned it only two stars, saved only by Erwitt's wonderful photos) is the physical book itself. This book is literally painful to read. It's ugly and awkward to hold. All the photos are printed full bleed, including into the gutter. Half of the book has all vertical photos, the other half, all horizontal. The binding makes it impossible to open the book fully so you can really see the photos. The book is so thick that it's very hard to hold. All this makes looking at the wonderful photos very unpleasant. The only good thing I can say about the book making here is that the minimal captions printed on the photos are very well executed using ink that is practically invisible unless you look for them and tilt the page, thus not really impacting the view of the photos.
I can't recommend this book, despite the great photos it contains. It's almost impossible to enjoy the photos in this format, and the great photos are lessened by being surrounded by so many merely good ones. There are better books that will let you really enjoy Erwitt's love of dogs.
However, the photos are great and very fun, and this is well worth an economical cost for those not so interested in a ginormous coffee-table book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am happy with this purchase which arrived in as-decribed condition and quite speedily, thank you.Published 6 months ago by Shirley Creazzo
Humorous, touching, a slice of dog life which is irresistible. I bought it as a gift, but could not resist giving it a thorough lookover before passing it to my friend. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Karen G. White
A picture is worth a thousand words. This collection of pictures is the most unique presentation of dogs your ever to likely see. Read morePublished on June 10, 2013 by brian ritts