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Titre : If only you knew how much I smell you (...
Éditeur : Bulfinch, Boston
Date d'édition : 1998
Reliure : Hardcover
Illustrateur : Shaff, Valerie, photographer
Etat du livre : Very Good
Etat de la jaquette : Good
Signé : Signed by Author(s)
Edition : 1st Edition
A bright, tight presentation copy signed by Blount on title page. DJ is uncut; colorful; light rubbing to edges; interior has yellowing from sun. Text is firmly bound; pages clean & sharp. N° de réf. du libraire WS11505
Synopsis : This collection teams up dog portraits by Valerie Shaff and verse by humorist Roy Blount Jr., to give an original portrayal of what dogs really think.
Critique: Who hasn't put words into their mutt's mouth? From "yes, the chicken-flavored treats are my favorite," to "no, I'm not quite ready for my bath," all dog devotees are guilty as charged--although not all do it in such a hilarious and endearing manner as writer Roy Blount Jr. and photographer Valerie Shaff in If Only You Knew How Much I Smell You: True Portraits of Dogs. Blount, humorist and author of Be Sweet, brings us closer to "understanding the 'inner dog'" through his use of Doggerel, a uniquely Blount brand of verse with the "canine measure somewhere between ordered and free." The effect of this puppy poetry--when paired with Shaff's truly remarkable duotone photographs of mixed and pure breeds--is comic genius. A Boxer coyly stares into the camera wondering, "What does that mean, 'expensive shoe'? / I ate it because it smelled like you," while a chubby-tummied bulldog declares "Good stick. / Got a good stick. / A real / good / Stick. / Getting all the good / Out of this good / Stick / That's in / This / good / Stick." You'll never be able to resist this entertaining and affectionate look at our canine friends as "they ponder the confusions, certainties, pangs, and pleasures of a dog's life."
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