Last Days of the Dog-Men: Stories

Last Days of the Dog Men Stories Winner of the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the Academy of Arts and Letters and the Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award In each of these weird and wonderful stories Boston Gl

  • Title: Last Days of the Dog-Men: Stories
  • Author: BradWatson
  • ISBN: 9780393321203
  • Page: 161
  • Format: Paperback
  • Winner of the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the Academy of Arts and Letters and the Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award In each of these weird and wonderful stories Boston Globe , Brad Watson writes about people and dogs dogs as companions, as accomplices, and as unwitting victims of human passions and people responding to dogs as missing paWinner of the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the Academy of Arts and Letters and the Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award In each of these weird and wonderful stories Boston Globe , Brad Watson writes about people and dogs dogs as companions, as accomplices, and as unwitting victims of human passions and people responding to dogs as missing parts of themselves Elegant and elegiac, beautifully pitched to the human ear, yet resoundingly felt in our animal hearts New York Newsday , Watson s vibrant prose captures the animal crannies of the human personality yearning for freedom, mourning the loss of something wild, drawn to human connection but also to thoughtless abandon and savagery without judgment Pinckney Benedict praises Watson s writing as crisp as a morning in deer season, rife with spirited good humor and high intelligence, and Fred Chappell calls his stories strong and true to the place they come from This powerful debut collection marks Brad Watson s introduction into a distinguished Southern literary heritage, from Faulkner to Larry Brown to Barry Hannah to Richard Ford The State, Columbia, South Carolina.

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    1. This is a collection of short stories with a theme of dogs. Very basic and very Southern American. I must admit I did approach this with a bit of apprehension, as I feared the worst for the doggies, but some of the stories were captivating and the writing was fluid.You never hear of dogs named Bill.My favourite story was called BILL. It's a simple tale of an elderly woman who lives with a "trembling poodle" advanced in years, as is Wilhelmina. She doesn't have much connection to anything or anyo [...]

    2. Eight great short stories about people, dogs, life, light, and darkness. Watson can write the hell out of a sentence while telling some of the most surprising stories you're likely to find. These are rough Southern pieces, steeped in an unflinching but fair view of humanity, recommended for serious readers who aren't looking for sentimental Disney-ish stories about people and the pets they love. A few of these qualify in my opinion as flat-out horror stories. So be warned. Marley and Me this is [...]

    3. Not a bad collection, but I have 2 reasons it just didn't "hit" for me.1.) I'm just not a fan of southern literature. Never have been. I just really don't get it at all. My failure - not the author's.2.) Some of the stories felt a bit forced - at least the dog connection.Others were quite good.It is a pretty bleak collection if that influences your desire to read it at all one way or another.

    4. Excellent prose, beautifully crafted sentences- "Bill" and "Agnes of Bob" were triumphs. I can't handle dogs being killed at the hands of humans, which speaks more to my own squimishness than the quality of the book. I know, I know, it's metaphor-- but it's incredibly difficult to read if you picked it up because you love dogs and regularly wrap your own dog up in a blanket to cuddle them and tell them they're the light of your life. Expect a beautifully written, but regularly torturous account [...]

    5. These eight stories may not be for true dog loversbecause in some stories, dogs are peripheral and,in others, come to some harm. Other than that,I have no bones to pick.

    6. I am not sure what readers who enjoyed Watson's stories in this collection see that I didn't. Aside from the general set-up (which doesn't ever amount to plot or character sketches or anything resembling an artistic statement or plain, simple point) in the titular "Last Days of the Dog-Men" and the more formulated (though still problematic) "A Retreat", there is nothing in this book worth reading. At least not as complete stories. There are brief moments of good writing, but not enough to even h [...]

    7. I was there and I felt most of the pain within the stories. We are emotionally tied to dogs in our own personal ways, every connection is its own story and these are evidence of that.

    8. This was a hard book for me to rate. These are short stories, primarily about people but also, importantly most times, their relationships to their pet dogs. I can get down with that, being such a slut for dogs myself. But the fates of these animals were not always the best, and I found myself upset a lot of the time and probably missing the whole point of the animal as a metaphor for life or humanity or whatever. Agnes of Bob may be one of the best short stories I've read in quite some time, bu [...]

    9. Good. I guess at their worst these stories resemble little exercises—not to say they're not fully fleshed out, but they do seem to put style a bit ahead of content. And not even that they're super stylistic, but they do have that post-Carver feel to them. The dog thing is slightly odd as well. Dogs are woven into the stories integrally—I don't see Watson tossing a hound in here or there to make a story fit into the collection. And somehow a 150-page-long book of stories all involving dogs wo [...]

    10. This is a collection of 8 short stories, each one with a dog involved, its behaviors and relationship with the people driving the story. There is no doubt that Brad Watson is a talented writer. His characters jump off the page presenting themselves to you forcefully. Some of his metaphors and similes left me shaking my head mumbling, 'how did he come up with that?'Having said that, I didn't enjoy Last Days entirely. This is a sad, ugly book. I had no problem with the melancholy characters and th [...]

    11. I just read this book a second time. First read it a dozen or more years ago when it was new. As a dog-man myself, I love this slim collection of stories abvout the various ways dogs interact with people and fit into their lives. These aren't all "warm 'n' fuzzy" kinds of stories. A couple of them - "The Wake" and "A Blessing" - are in fact quite the opposite, the latter story story showing a brutal side of men that is quite shocking. And "Bill" may break your heart. My favorite of the eight sel [...]

    12. In this collection of stories Watson delves unerringly into the mind of both (Southern) man and canine and the result shows how people project their own emotions onto pets and how their behavior can mimic each other, from yearning for human connection to thoughtless and sometimes savage behavior while seeking freedom. He gives good argument for why dog is man's best friend. "Seeing Eye" trembled with emotion of a dog recalling his former farm life prior to serving as guide to a blind man, while [...]

    13. I read this book while staying with a friend, picked it up off his shelf and gave it a read.Suddenly I have many more dogs in my life, so I am trying to understand them better. I thought this might help. It didn't.All of these stories are really depressing. Every story has a dog in it, although the stories are way more about the men than the dogs. And some of the dog-men are women.My favorite stories: Agnes of Bob and Bill. The Wake and Kindred Spirits were just plain weird.

    14. I'm a slow reader and yet I finished this in about an hour and a half which surprised me a bit because despite it being a slim volume it's awfully dry, and for lack of better expression, pretty loose or maybe too hazy. Dogs are on the periphery, too. Maybe there's something to do with symbolism or some such but I didn't much see it. Still, when it's good, two or three of the eight stories, it's pretty neat and attractively peculiar. A girl ships herself back to her boyfriend via UPS.

    15. If you are a fan of dogs or an animal lover, this is not the book for you. I kept hoping the stories would get better, but instead they continually devolved. On the plus side, the stories were short, so they were quick to get through; however, I get no joy from melancholy stories that include dogs mainly as victims and sufferers. Pass on this and read "Inside of a Dog" instead.

    16. This book was hauntingly moving. Watson writes short stories about people and their dogs in brilliant, chilling prose. I found myself unable to put it down as soon as I picked it up. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is that, as a dog person, it was difficult to read some of the disturbing stories about the dogs. Overall though, it was beautifully written and definitely worth the read.

    17. I personally loved the book. I can see why people would criticize it through. I try not to overthink and criticize fictional literature because I can't even imagine how hard it must be to finish a book.At the end , he did use the N word which I found unneccassary , he could have used servants or men of color. I can see why he did that through because technically it is southern literature.

    18. There's something about contemporary southern literature it's genuine, unassuming, and I love it.The stories in this book were precise and entertaining. "Kindred Spirits" and "The Wake" were wonderfully weird southern gothic style piece, and the titular story was fantastic.Superb little collection.

    19. Watson's collection of short stories were extremely amusing. Even though I am not a dog person, the character he gives both the human and animal figures in the book are moving, touching and often funny. It is a very readable and enjoyable book.

    20. Engaging, well-told stories from beginning to end, but alld I mean allvolving dogs in some form or fashion. The title suggests this, but I took it as more metaphor rather than literal engagement between men and dogs. 3/5.

    21. I read this before I met the author, and got a hilariously wrong impression of him, but either way, anyone who cares a lick about dogs will appreciate these.

    22. This should be called "last days of the sorry dog-men." Such a depressing, sad read I am almost upset that I purchased this book.

    23. Amazing juxtapositions, the hardness and softness of man and beast, the tiny moments. He is a beautiful storyteller.

    24. This book was difficult to rate as it is a collection of eight short stories - some were brilliant and a few were just mediocre.

    25. I'm a guppy for anything with dogs in it, but this is an exceptionally well-written collection of stories.

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