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Carmen Dog (Peapod Classics) [Paperback]

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"Combines the cruel humor of Candide with the allegorical panache of Animal Farm."-Entertainment Weekly

"Full of comic leaps and absurdist genius."-Bitch

"A wise and funny book."-The New York Times

The debut title in our Peapod Classics line, Carol Emshwiller's genre-jumping debut novel is a dangerous, sharp-eyed look at men, women, and the world we live in.

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Pages   148
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 7"
Weight:   0.35 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2004
Publisher   Small Beer Press
ISBN  1931520089  
ISBN13  9781931520089  

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More About Carol Emshwiller

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Carol Emshwiller is the author of the collections Report to the Men's Club, The Start of the End of it All, Verging on the Pertinent, Joy in Our Cause, and I Live With You, and the novels The Mount, Carmen Dog, Ledoyt, and Leaping Man Hill.

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biting satire  Sep 13, 2006
Something strange is going on as the psychiatrist explains to his new patient Pooch the dog that "the beast changes to a woman and the woman changes to a beast". Pooch the dog turned woman worries about the baby as the mother has become a snapping turtle while the father seems mystified about the changes, but not overly concerned. Things come to a head or perhaps a bite when the turtle-mother bites the baby and refuses to let go until Pooch takes a lit match to the neo-beast's neck. Since the father remains uninvolved, pooch decides to flee with the baby for the infant's sake.

However, pooch has to reconsider her decision when they arrive in New York City when the Central Park Wolverine gang threatens them and the scientists at the Academy of Motherhood want to test her and throw away the baby. Men do what they do best; ignore the goings-on as dogs make better companions than women.

Using personification to satirize relationships, especially gender stereotypes, Carol Emshwiller provides an amusing look at acceptable societal roles that stifle people. The story line is at its best when it skewers how humans behave and how we assume "beasts" behave. When it spins into mad scientists on the loose conspiracy, CARMAN DOG loses some of its acerbic bite as the bark becomes louder not keener. Still this is a deep swift satire that will have the audience laughing yet also thinking about its underlying warning that labeling and classifying negatively oversimplifies everyone.

Harriet Klausner
Interesting Concept  Jan 26, 2006
From an animal lover's perspective, I really enjoyed this book. I liked the character, Pooch, who was becoming human after having been a dog. It was interesting to see the dog-like characteristics she kept along with the human characteristics she acquired.

I didn't really care for the feminist tones in this book. I thought men were portrayed in an extremely negative way. Still, I could overlook this and find an interesting story of animals becoming human and humans becoming animals.
Highly amusing social commentary  Aug 2, 2000
"Women are turning into animals, and animals are turning into women..." What a way to start off a book. Pooch, a dog-girl who longs to play the title role in "Carmen," absconds with a baby whose mother is becoming a turtle. Along the way, she meets many other intriguing characters, among them a snake-woman and a vicious socialite who is quickly becoming what her personality most resembles (namely, a wolverine). And in the meanwhile, the world as we know it is turnig upside-down.

This book was funny; however, the way that it poked fun at gender roles and modern-day society went much deeper than mere humor.


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