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A Dog's Head Paperback – Jun 20 1998

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press; 1 edition (June 20 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226174921
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226174921
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 113 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #392,557 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Jean Dutourd's A Dog's Head is a wonderful piece of magical realism, reminiscent of Rushdie and Borges. With mordant wit, Dutourd presents the story of Edmond Du Chaillu, a boy born, to the horror of his bourgeois parents, with the head of a spaniel.

About the Author

Wendy Doniger (Ph.D. Harvard University) is Mircea Eliade Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Religions at the University of Chicago. She first trained as a dancer under George Balanchine and Martha Graham and then went on to complete two doctorates in Sanskrit and Indian Studies (from Harvard and Oxford). She has taught at Harvard, Oxford, the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, and the University of California at Berkeley. In 1984 she was elected president of the American Academy of Religion, in 1989 a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, in 1996 a member of the American Philosophical Society, and in 1997 president of the Association for Asian Studies. She has been awarded seven honorary degrees, and her book The Hindus: An Alternative History was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

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By A Customer on June 11 2003
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b995588) out of 5 stars Once read, never forgotten June 11 2003
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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."
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b9959f0) out of 5 stars Not for Children July 16 1998
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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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b99596c) out of 5 stars A Great Fable Sept. 29 1998
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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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HASH(0x9b9958d0) out of 5 stars One of the best books, ever! June 1 2013
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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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b995bb8) out of 5 stars 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.


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