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Cold Dog Soup [Paperback]

Stephen Dobyns
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Michael Latchmer, instructed to bury the corpse of a date's pet dog, finds himself on a Dantesque adventure with a Haitian cab driver who claims that he can get money for the dog's body. "This is a ludicrous, occasionally amusing romp," said PW , although "the polished writing of novelist and poet Dobyns deserves a stronger plot than this."
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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5.0 out of 5 stars YOU CAN LIVE THIS BOOK Feb. 17 2004
Format:Audio Cassette
A completly unique book. as I read this book it became almost unbearable because you just want it to end so you will find out what happens. The story is great and the humor keeps you going, but it is not until you finish the book and tell friends IN DETAIL the story that you realize the genius of the book.
You become the main character and your friends become the people in the book. I never have experienced this before. you can tell the DETAILED story over and over to whoever you want and watch what happens. TRULY AMAZING
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Book July 10 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Wildly funny, very original, beautifully written, perverse and touching. Written by a gifted poet and literary writer who also knows how to give a reader a good time -- and give the reader something to think about. One of my favorite books of all time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Have to agree wiuth Stern... May 1 1998
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
One of the funniest books I've ever read. I keep checking the shelves at Amazon to see if it's back in print. I lent my copy to someone and never got it back.
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5.0 out of 5 stars YOU CAN LIVE THIS BOOK Feb. 17 2004
By JOHN FRASSICA - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio Cassette
A completly unique book. as I read this book it became almost unbearable because you just want it to end so you will find out what happens. The story is great and the humor keeps you going, but it is not until you finish the book and tell friends IN DETAIL the story that you realize the genius of the book.
You become the main character and your friends become the people in the book. I never have experienced this before. you can tell the DETAILED story over and over to whoever you want and watch what happens. TRULY AMAZING
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Funny, Very Strange! April 26 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio Cassette
I have a twisted sense of humor, but I found this book hilarious! I listened to the tape in the car, and periodically had to glance around to be sure that no one saw me laughing out loud, while driving alone!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Book July 10 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Wildly funny, very original, beautifully written, perverse and touching. Written by a gifted poet and literary writer who also knows how to give a reader a good time -- and give the reader something to think about. One of my favorite books of all time.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Have to agree wiuth Stern... May 1 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
One of the funniest books I've ever read. I keep checking the shelves at Amazon to see if it's back in print. I lent my copy to someone and never got it back.
4.0 out of 5 stars An auspicious introduction to Dobyns March 18 2013
By Post-Celestial Avion - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This was the first Stephen Dobyns book I read, and I have since read many others. What struck me most about Cold Dog Soup was that is seemed simultaneously to have the zaniness of a goofy children's book, coupled with a dark, very adult, macabre misadventure. If Maurice Sendak read this, and I were a betting man, I would place a huge wager that he loved this book. Most people in the book behave badly or at least oddly at least some of the time, with, to me, very humorous results. It is not at all PC or sensitive to minorities, and actually, rather offensive, as observed by some other reviewers, but it is still a very good novel. I flashed on Curb Your Enthusiasm just now. If Curb Your Enthusiasm is Seinfeld on an overdose of steroids, Cold Dog Soup is Curb Your Enthusiasm as seen through Edgar Allen Poe and Kafka's perspectives. A movie that Cold Dog Soup reminds me of is After Hours, directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Griffin Dunne. I was glad to have found this book, since it led to the reading of most of Dobyns' novels since then, which has for the most part been a pleasure. Too bad it's out of print.
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