Lives of the Monster Dogs

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Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1997 - Fiction - 291 pages
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Here is a first novel like no other: a spellbinding tale that both creates its own fully realized world perspective and provides an incisive look at the ways that humans and animals resemble each other. A group of elegant monster dogs in top hats, tails, and bustle skirts become instant celebrities when they come to New York in 2008. Refugees from a town whose residents had been utterly isolated for a hundred years, the dogs retain the nineteenth-century Germanic culture of the humans who created them. They are wealthy and glamorous and seem to lead charmed lives - but they find adjusting to the modern world difficult, and when a young woman, Cleo Pira, befriends them, she discovers that a strange, incurable illness threatens them all with extinction. When the dogs construct their dream home, a fantastic castle on the Lower East Side, and barricade themselves inside, Cleo finds herself one of the few human witnesses to a mad, lavish party that may prove to be the final act in the drama of the lives of the monster dogs.

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User Review  - kalinichta - LibraryThing

While this book has its flaws (it is a first novel, after all), the fantasy of the monster dogs and the emotion with which Bakis imbued her characters were transporting and affecting. Read full review

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User Review  - ParadisePorch - LibraryThing

(Fiction, Science-fiction) Amazon: “Created by a German mad scientist in the 19th century, the monster dogs possess human intelligence, speak human language, have prosthetic humanlike hands and walk ... Read full review

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