The Dog by the Cradle, the Serpent Beneath: Some Paradoxes of Human-Animal Relationships

Paperback | March 25, 2010

byErika Ritter

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How do we reconcile treating our pets like pampered house guests but slaughtering other species of animals for food? As Erika Ritter explores in this fresh, fascinating and eye-opening new book, at the heart of this relationship is a paradox-a relationship that is almost schizophrenic in its absurdity: we

humans are animals, too. Through interviews conducted around the world with philosophers, scientists, farmers, poets, pundits and commentators, Ritter makes her way through this strange maze of human contradictions about our animal brethren to produce a work that reveals as much about “us” as about “them.”

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How do we reconcile treating our pets like pampered house guests but slaughtering other species of animals for food? As Erika Ritter explores in this fresh, fascinating and eye-opening new book, at the heart of this relationship is a paradox-a relationship that is almost schizophrenic in its absurdity: we humans are animals, too. Throu...

ERIKA RITTER is the author of the immensely popular novel, The Hidden Life of Humans, a nonfiction book, The Great Big Book of Guys: Alphabetical Encounters with Men as well as being a columnist, playwright and broadcaster. One of her plays, “Automatic Pilot,“ was seen across Canada, the United States and Israel, and won the Chalmers C...

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Automatic Pilot
Automatic Pilot

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The Hidden Life of Humans: A Novel
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Format:PaperbackDimensions:360 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:March 25, 2010Publisher:Key Porter BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:155470295X

ISBN - 13:9781554702954

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“Ritter’s new book is a far-reaching exploration of the paradox underlying our relationships with animals. Her devotion to gaining insight into that tortured relationship is quite amazing. The Dog by the Cradle can’t really provide any hard and fast answers.. Thankfully. This is no polemic. What Ritter does, instead, is pose provocative questions and expose the paradoxes we tend to ignore.” -The Globe and Mail “With this wonderful book, Toronto’s Erika Ritter confirms her reputation as a talented wordsmith and gifted cultural sage.-Winnipeg Free Press