Item description for The Bridegroom Was a Dog by Margaret Mitsutani Yoko Tawada...
In these three narratives, an ingenious story-teller has created a new kind of fantasy, playful yet vaguely sinister, laced with her own brand of humor, which reviewers have labeled variously as "funky," "mischievous," "weird," and "hilarious." The author was in her early thirties when the title story won her country's highest literary award. In The Bridegroom Was a Dog, an offbeat cram school teacher tells her pupils a story about a little princess whose hand in marriage is promised to a dog as a reward for licking her bottom clean; only to have her own life turned upside down by the sudden appearance of a dog-like man with a predilection for the same part of her anatomy. When rumor-mongering housewives try to force them into a more respectable relationship, both escape into new relationships of their own... With its publication here, alongside two other equally offbeat but plausible fantasies, readers in the West can now discover for themselves a writer whose inventions are as strange and exhilarating as the best of dreams.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.04" Width: 4.3" Height: 0.52" Weight: 0.49 lbs.
Release Date Jul 31, 2003
Publisher Kodansha International
ISBN 4770029403 ISBN13 9784770029409
Reviews - What do customers think about The Bridegroom Was a Dog?
Hmmmmmmmmmm Dec 16, 2005
This is a surreal book that children will love. If you like bum liking dogs this is the book for you. If you like stories about snot. This is the book for you. It`s a short story filled with dirty and unusual behavior. I must say I have never read anything like it. Read this book. It`s great.
Creative and disturbing Jan 2, 2003
I'm thankful to have some translations of this amazing writer of Japanese fiction. These stories provide a rich and surreal reflection on gender and cultural identities and the final story is one of the best depictions of feeling out of place, whether living with a new family or in a new country (in this case both). Sorry to see that this is out of print, but happy that "Where Europe Begins" is now out.
Wonderful Book! Oct 10, 2001
If you love good writing, you will love this book. As Kafka was rebuked by the first readers of his day only to become one of the most influential writers of this century, so too Tawada is walking an unmarked road that will eventually gain the accolades it deserves.
Is this really the same book in English? Sep 16, 1999
Bride Groom was a Dog? Is this really the translation of Inumukoiri? That mythical modern-day fairy tale that won the Akutagawa Award? Even the title sounds lousy. What happened to the sense of mystery, the portent, the magic? This is the worst translation I have seen since the Japanese version of the lyrics to "A Hard Day's Night" !!
Lousiest book I couldn't finish reading this year... Apr 23, 1999
This book was so bad that I couldn't even bring myself to get past the third page. The attempt at stream-of-conscience prose failed, along with the faery-tale style. An absolute waste of my time, and money.