Lives of the Monster Dogs

Lives of the Monster Dogs

Book - 1997
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"Here is a first novel like no other: a spellbinding tale that both creates its own fully realized world perspective and provides an incisive look at the ways that humans and animals resemble each other." "A group of elegant monster dogs in top hats, tails, and bustle skirts become instant celebrities when they come to New York in 2008. Refugees from a town whose residents had been utterly isolated for a hundred years, the dogs retain the nineteenth-century Germanic culture of the humans who created them. They are wealthy and glamorous and seem to lead charmed lives - but they find adjusting to the modern world difficult, and when a young woman, Cleo Pira, befriends them, she discovers that a strange, incurable illness threatens them all with extinction." "When the dogs construct their dream home, a fantastic castle on the Lower East Side, and barricade themselves inside, Cleo finds herself one of the few human witnesses to a mad, lavish party that may prove to be the final act in the drama of the lives of the monster dogs."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1997.
ISBN: 9780374189877
0374189870
9780446674164
Branch Call Number: FICTION BAK

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uncommonreader
Jan 21, 2013

Although the cover and inside flap description may not entice you to read this novel, it is an imaginative and weird tale worthy of the 1997 Orange Prize short list.

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stariel
Jul 19, 2012

A very interesting tale of a group of dogs, surgically altered to speak and walk like humans.

After leaving their isolated hometown, they come to New York City where they become instant celebrities. A young writer, Cleo, comes to know and love them as she writes articles about the dogs for the press.

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