A Dog's Head by Jean DutourdA Dog's Head by Jean Dutourd

A Dog's Head

byJean Dutourd

Paperback | June 20, 1998

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Jean Dutourd's A Dog's Head is a wonderful piece of magical realism, reminiscent of Voltaire, Borges and Kafka. With biting wit, Dutourd presents the story of Edmund Du Chaillu, a boy born, to his bourgeois parents's horror, with the head of a spaniel. Edmund must endure his school-mate's teasing as well as an urge to carry a newspaper in his mouth. This is the story of his life, trials, and joys as he searches for a normal life of worth and love.

"Dutourd is a fine craftsman, whose work has the classic virtues of brevity, lucidity, and concentration. He has written a sardonic divertissement that concerns itself with fundamental problems of man's existence-a tale that is sad-eyed, witty, and often very funny."—Charles J. Rolo, New York Times Book Review

"A tiny masterpiece in the French classical tradition. . . . Stylish, elegant and witty, and told with an apparent lightheartedness that points to rather than obscures the hero's essential tragedy."—P. L. Travers, New York Herald Tribune

"Wit, a good deal of shrewd classical allusion, and a Voltarian satire are the book's assets."—Edmund Fuller, Chicago Tribune

"The work of an expert craftsman and of a careful writer of prose, ending with the rarest gift in modern letters: the comic spirit."—Henri Peyre, The Saturday Review

"Dutourd might well have dropped his story at this point, had it been his intention simply to excoriate the human race for its treatment of those who are physically afflicted. Instead, he presses on in his terse, deadpan prose to teach a lesson to the afflicted of the world as well."—Time

"A Dog's Head is one of the most curious, most beautifully conceived and written fantasies you've ever come across."—J. H. Jackson, San Francisco Chronicle

"A Dog's Head is an excellent joke in the worst possible taste, and its author, M. Jean Dutourd, is a satirist of the first rank."—New Yorker
Title:A Dog's HeadFormat:PaperbackDimensions:168 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.8 inPublished:June 20, 1998Publisher:University Of Chicago Press

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ISBN - 10:0226174921

ISBN - 13:9780226174921

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Odd, but worth it. I originally had to read this book for a class in university. The first time I read it, I was blown away with how odd it was. The second, third, fourth and fifth time I've read it, I have moved past the oddity of it and on to the various messages behind the story. It is well worth the initial read if only to read it again to full understand the complexity of the text.
Date published: 2017-07-06

Table of Contents

Foreword by Wendy Doniger
Preface by Jean Dutourd
A Dog's Head

From Our Editors

A wonderful piece of magical realism, "A Dog's Head" presents the story of Edmund Du Chaillu, a boy born, to his bourgeois parents' horror, with the head of a spaniel. "A tiny masterpiece in the French classical tradition".--"New York Herald Tribune"