Something Different: “Carmen Dog”

September 5, 2008 at 4:52 pm | Posted in Fiction, Something Different | 2 Comments

Here is another story that has stuck in my mind for several years.  Carmen Dog, by Carol Emshwiller, is a quirky allegory based on the fantastical premise of women becoming animals and animals becoming women.  The title refers to the main character, an oddly endearing dog who wants to sing opera.  Her adventures are surprising and entertaining.  It’s a clever social satire.  You can read the first few pages on, and it looks like you can buy it for 67 cents.  It’s also under 200 pages, so you can read it in an evening.



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  1. This certainly sounds like something I’d be interested in reading! Is it children’s fiction? or just short.

  2. Oh, I wouldn’t give this book to a child! There’s some sex in it, and it’s pretty wordy, too. It’s just short.

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