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  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press; 1 edition (June 20 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226174921
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226174921
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 13 x 1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 200 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #377,276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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WHEN she was told, as tactfully as could be, that she had just given birth to a child with a dog's head, Mme Du Chaillu fainted. Read the first page
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First read this book in 1954 when I was 13. Read it again in college in 1958 for a thesis. Since the story remained in my subconscious all these years, in 1993,I decided to reread it. The wonders of the internet were not readily available so I wrote real letters to a bunch of book sellers in the lower tier of New York State. E voila - one responded and I was able to order and enjoy it once again. Certain scenes were etched in my mind and I wanted to see if they were still as affecting now that I am a seasoned grown-up. Guess what? they still are! The story has a universal appeal - most of us have endured unpleasant encounters or have felt unaccepted or "different" at least once in our lives - M. Dutourd details the "feeling" with "feeling."
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Once read, never forgotten June 11 2003
By "junglegardenia1" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
First read this book in 1954 when I was 13. Read it again in college in 1958 for a thesis. Since the story remained in my subconscious all these years, in 1993,I decided to reread it. The wonders of the internet were not readily available so I wrote real letters to a bunch of book sellers in the lower tier of New York State. E voila - one responded and I was able to order and enjoy it once again. Certain scenes were etched in my mind and I wanted to see if they were still as affecting now that I am a seasoned grown-up. Guess what? they still are! The story has a universal appeal - most of us have endured unpleasant encounters or have felt unaccepted or "different" at least once in our lives - M. Dutourd details the "feeling" with "feeling."
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A Great Fable Sept. 29 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A wonderful novel for teaching adults (young or old) about the pain of being different. Certainly a good book for those working with disabled adults or just those individuals who have a tough time fitting in. The hero of the book suffers much for his "disability" having the head of a spaniel. He faces daily rejection and though the pain is sometimes hard to bear for both the hero and the reader it provides a great base for discussion. Its short length and easy style makes it very accessible.
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Not for Children July 16 1998
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Format: Paperback
An astonishing and disquieting little fairy tale, Une tetede chien was first published in Paris in 1951. It is the story of ahuman boy born with the head of a spaniel dog. One would think the story would have to be either satirically funny or sadly pathetic. I found it to be more a fable of acceptance. How young Edmond, the dog-headed boy, grows to manhood and encounters (and endures) various prejudices and cruel jokes is a moral unto itself. Although a fantasy, this is not a book for children. It is a rather disturbing and thought-provoking story about being different in a world where conformity prevails.
Classic cult book Nov. 8 2013
By E. G. Horovitz - Published on Amazon.com
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LOVE this book... I first read it when I was 8 (don't ask) and I have been searching for it ever since, it is right up there with cult thing like Todd Brownings' 1932 movie, Freaks.
One of the best books, ever! June 1 2013
By John - Published on Amazon.com
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Read this many many years ago as a college student, and thought then that it was a great work of art and superbly crafted critique regarding diversity. Now, many years later, I read it again, and confirmed my first impressions of this great book.

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