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Flush: A Biography Paperback – October 4, 1976
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The beauty of FLUSH is that Woolf extends her technique of anthropomorphization to the humans. She figures out how to put you inside a dog's mind and desires and habits. Then she uses the same techniques on the humans. And while she is not unkind to any of these characters, she's not lenient toward any of them either.
That's the problem with most anthropomorphization. (Egad, do I have to type that word again?) It skins some poor animal to dress up a fictionally perfect human. Bad anthropomorphization (sigh) symbolizes a flat fraction of our human nature and represents it as the whole thing, or the most desirable part. This cheapens the human and disposes of the animal.
I love Woolf. She never cheapens anyone. She never makes cartoons of people (or of dogs). Read her if you're tired of shallow media portraits or snap judgments at the office water cooler. You know the kind. Comments on character that may be superficially correct, and you can't quite put your finger on it, but you feel the judgment's not fair at all... Woolf never does that to you.
Woolf observes her people (and her canine), lets you understand their most subtle good and bad impulses. With Woolf, we don't have to choose between knowing and loving another person. We can do both.
And we can love Flush, not as the idealized human, but as one actually does love a dog. Woolf has given us Flush - not a fantasy human in fake dog form - but a real dog, in print, a trusted and familiar companion.Read more ›
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Read this first. Then Orlando. You will fall in love or at least deep admiration with Virginia Woolf.Published 4 months ago by J. J. Hohmann
I loved this novel--following the life of a dog in the dog's point of view was absolutely charming. Of course, I am a dog person!Published 7 months ago by L. Burroughs
One of Woolf's lesser-known novels, it is a must for anyone interested in animal studies or animals in general. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Ana Kothe
If I could, I'd give zero stars for this reprint of what should be a delightful book. The book design makes it nearly unreadable. Read morePublished 13 months ago by ckr