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Lives of the Monster Dogs
Lives of the Monster Dogs
Author: Kirsten Bakis
"A bizarre, haunting, fiercely original first novel...The book unfolds like a rich, resonant dream that you can't stop thinking about the following day...A dazzling, unforgetable meditation on what it means to be human." THE NY TIMES BOOK REVIEW
ISBN: 58868
Pages: 290
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Publisher: Farrar Strauss Giroux
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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A disappointment. Barkis had a good idea but it's not nearly as interesting as it should be. Three stars.
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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 elegand 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.
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I'm going to try and start reading this book again. I found it difficult to identify with the characters and not a whole lot of suspense from the beginning to prompt me to read to the end.
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Finally, a rating system that lets me rate this book as low as I want to: 1/2 star. This is the worst book that I have read in years.
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Bakis creates an interesting Frankenstein-ian situation, where sentient bipedal dogs rebel against their creator and attempt to join modern American society. Lovely and bittersweet.
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ISBN number listed as 0-374-18987-0, but that's the hardback version, this is the trade sized paperback version, published 1997.


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