Angus: A Memoir

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Crown Publishers, 2000 - Fiction - 175 pages
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Angus was born at Pollard's Combe, a farm in Devon, on a dark and stormy night, from whence he was removed from his mother and brother by a tall booming-voiced American man and his fluttery-fingered wife. Soon he finds himself on a swift ride to Cornwall, then in the stacked-box city of London, then in a cargo hold of a steel bird en route to Brooklyn, and finally, at Wickerby, the site of Siebert's highly praised first book. It is there, in the wild woods of southern Canada, that Angus's irrepressible zeal for experience meets its match.Angus's brief autobiography gives us a wry, funny, philosophical dog's-eye view of life and death. At once poetic, canine, and unsentimental, Angus is a brilliant feat of the imagination that enacts our ambiguous relationship to other species -- and takes us into the multisensory world of a brave, lively, unforgettable young dog.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A memoir told telepathically by a dying Jack Russell terrier named Angus who's owned by author Siebert (Wickerby: An Urban Pastoral, 1997) and his wife Bex, known herein as Huge-Head and Sweet-Voice ... Read full review

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User Review  - Mendoza - LibraryThing

It might be considered pretty pathetic that a dog's memoir moved me to tears. Well, so be it. Perhaps because I own Jack Russells and any owner will swear there is some human in the JRT - the dogs are so intelligent and quirky. Not that that translates into well behaved.... Read full review


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Charles Siebert was born in Brooklyn, New York, where he currently resides. He is the author of the memoir Wickerby: An Urban Pastoral. His poems, essays, and articles have appeared in numerous publications, including The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Harper's, Outside, and Esquire.

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