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by Mikita Brottman



Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062304612
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/07/2014
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
1,384,603
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 6.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Overview

 

A scholar, psychoanalyst, and cultural critic explores the multifaceted role dogs play in our world in this charming bestiary of dogs from literature, lore, and life.

While gradually unveiling her eight-year love affair with her French bulldog, Grisby, Mikita Brottman ruminates on the singular bond between dogs and humans. Why do prevailing attitudes warn us against loving our pet "too much"? Is her relationship with Grisby nourishing or dysfunctional, commonplace or unique? Challenging the assumption that there's something repressed and neurotic about those deeply connected to a dog, she turns her keen eye on the many ways in which dog is the mirror of man.

The Great Grisby is organized into twenty-six alphabetically arranged chapters, each devoted to a particular human-canine union drawn from history, art, philosophy, or literature. Here is Picasso's dachshund Lump; Freud's chow Yofi; Oliver Twist's Bill Sikes's mutt Bull's Eye; and Elizabeth Barrett Browning's spaniel Flush, whose biography was penned by Virginia Woolf. There are royal dogs, like Prince Albert's greyhound Eos, and dogs cherished by authors, like Thomas Hardy's fox terrier Wessex. Brottman's own beloved Grisby serves as an envoy for sniffing out these remarkable companions.

Quirky and delightful, and peppered with incisive personal reflections and black-and-white sketches portraying a different dog and its owner, The Great Grisby reveals how much dogs have to teach us about empathy, happiness, love—and what it means to be human.

 

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
08/11/2014
Cultural critic Brottman Hyena examines the bond between human and dog in this “leisurely stroll” through the history of notable dogs and their owners. Dog luminaries include Señor Xolotl, the Mexican hairless dog of Frida Kahlo, who once peed on one of Diego Rivera’s watercolors; Lump, a dachshund immortalized by Picasso; Peritas, the so-called favorite dog of Alexander the Great. Fictional dogs appear as well, like Jip, the naughty spaniel from Charles Dickens’s David Copperfield, as well as the dogs of authors such as Anton Chekhov and poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning. These mini-profiles bleed into meditations on the eponymous Grisby, the author’s own French bulldog and the apple of her eye. In her paeans to her pet, Brottman evokes the joys of dog ownership. Though this is certainly a book for a niche audience, avid dog lovers will relish the digressions into literature and history, as well as the assurance that the love between dog and human can be as deep as any other kind of love. B&w illus. Agent: Betsy Lerner, Dunow, Carlson & Lerner. (Oct.)

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