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'Society? Bunkum, there's no such thing; take it from the mouth of the dog who has fetched and carried, hunted, guarded and gone to war on behalf of man. Canine familiaris has had his nose up the crotch of human society since the dawn of time, there's not a lot that escapes him.'- Deefer 1990.
'From the Book of Dogs.' is a darkly humorous allegory set in the years that witnessed the fall of Thatcherism and the rise of New Labour. It is a dog that reads the human mind that drives a story about the triumph of self-interest over virtue.
At fifty George Finnessey's aspirations were beginning to look as limp as his sexual fantasies. A dairy supervisor he was and would remain, a dupe for 'the lads' and a mop for the management to wipe the floor with. He was looking for a bit of magic in his life. Aladdin had his lamp, what did George have? When Nora suggested they should have a dog, neither imagined one that could read the human mind. Surely they would be the toast of every circus from Paris to Moscow? Far from a cause celebre, it was a coup d'état they'd unleashed in their sitting room.
'I could do a lot for you,' offers Deefer as he chomps his way through fillet steak, 'but it will cost you.' Dignity, honour and loyalty are sacrificed as George finds his way to the top to become Chairman of a worker venture, whilst Nora fulfills her ambition to win a Labour seat on the county council - both assisted by the suicide of a long standing friend, blackmail and and the timely demise of Aunty Beatrice.
“Combines the cruel humor of Candide with the allegorical panache of Animal Farm.”—Entertainment Weekly

"Carol is the most unappreciated great writer we've got. Carmen Dog ought to be a classic in the colleges by now . . . It's so funny, and it's so keen."
—Ursula K. Le Guin

“A rollicking outre satire.... full of comic leaps and absurdist genius.”—Bitch

“A wise and funny book.”—The New York Times

"This trenchant feminist fantasy-satire mixes elements of Animal Farm, Rhinoceros and The Handmaid's Tale.... Imagination and absurdist humor mark [Carmen Dog] throughout, and Emshwiller is engaging even when most savage about male-female relationships."—Booklist

"Her fantastic premise allows Emshwiller canny and frequently hilarious insights into the damaging sex-role stereotypes both men and women perpetuate."
—Publishers Weekly

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.

Everything is changing: women are turning into animals, and animals are turning into women. Pooch, a golden setter, is turning into a beautiful woman—although she still has some of her canine traits: she just can't shuck that loyalty thing—and her former owner has turned into a snapping turtle. When the turtle tries to take a bite of her own baby, Pooch snatches the baby and runs. Meanwhile, there's a dangerous wolverine on the loose, men are desperately trying to figure out what's going on, and Pooch discovers what she really wants: to sing Carmen.

Carmen Dog is the funny feminist classic that inspired writers Pat Murphy and Karen Joy Fowler to create the James Tiptree Jr. Memorial Award.

Who dares to estimate the love of a dog for a person, or that person's love for the dog? Who but a dog can enter our innermost thoughts and with a knowing glance fill us with peace and solace? The creature who lies solemnly by the door when we leave, abandons all sadness in joyful dance on our return. A companionship without measure, dogs alter our hearts, causing them to bulge from joy, and shatter when they leave us all too soon. True to their being, they await our return to them - somewhere. BOBBIE, MD, is all of the above. A stray cocker spaniel Bobbie, elevates Danny, a tot with disabilities, to his feet and the joys of a full life. Bobbie transforms those who know him. Once the mission for Bobbie's life seems fulfilled, it is abruptly terminated, leaving emptiness and longing. This hollowness compels Bobbie to find what it was that had filled his life, a thing he has no name for. Whatever it is, it is more than life, or the peace of death. Not spared the loss of his beloved dog, young Danny's life is torn apart, leaving him with one wish: To be next to his beloved Bobbie again. Long after BOBBIE, MD was completed, an article appeared in the Ventura County Star that astonishingly paralleled Bobbie's and Danny's. Today, after much study, the medical field is accepting the healing effects a dog, or other animal, has on those suffering illnesses. What child and dog have always known, man is slowly learning. (Permission to cite Ventura County Star by John Moore, Managing Editor)
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