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Mportant breeding animals These animal abusers realize violent aggression is not just a product of nurture but also nature So they o train and condition their Her Rancher Hero (Saddlers Prairie, dogs to be better killers but they start out by choosing a vicious bloodline first When the black mongrel the spitz was fighting comes out on top we read They liked his style and there was no telling how much aog that could kill a son out of King Generator was worth Top fighters are worth huge amounts of money in the breeding fees they generate alone Blame the The Maid of Lorne deed I say Blame the breeder Messed up stuff Indeed But unlike other books of this nature I feel the author was only reporting not glamorizing or idealizing these inhumane rural ways Reporting the truth is something I can respect even when it isone in the context of fictional stories Perhaps my favorite book in the subgenre of Appalachian fiction Darkly funny sad violent and original This is another book I grab upon fleeing my burning house I am stingy with my books but this is one I loan and sometimes give to people I love In fact who has it right now I want it back Ple ee ase Call me biased as the author was my mentoradvisoretc in college but he really is one of the best writers I ve ever read and taught me just about everything I know about how to not just write a story but write a good one They are full of southernappalachia flavor so if you are a fan of southern writers you absolutley must have this on your shelf. Ce of love and the love of violence The author won the 1995 Steinbeck Award for Dogs of God.
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A couple amazing stories and some just so so Almost all the stories involve the relationship between people and animals in the south I found that interesting The Pie Safe was my fav Benedict s true expertise seems to be the short story His prose is good but the first and last stories The Sutton Pie Safe and Town Smokes are the only ones that move beyond chatter and shoot toward real insight Town Smokes the story not the collection was particularly effective ark and fatalistic moving from the mundane towards something far haunting timeless even allegorical That story alone makes the collection valuable but no one should mistake this for Breece Pancake It appears that Benedict crafts stories about a periphery he has mostly only heard about in his home state while Pancake breathes it I thoroughly enjoyed this collection of short stories authored by a great friend of mine This is five star stuff all the way up there with breece How to Become a Virgin d j pancake flannery o connor or cormac mccarthy s appalachian novels The Sutton Pie Safe and Town Smokes are both excellent stories Many of the others seemed to lack something for me Town Smokes is a book of short stories which often centered on the interactions between rural people and animals which particularly interested me We see occasional compassion such as that of a family that became too attached to the rabbits they bred to sell them for meat but the majority of these interactions are characterized by A collection of nine short stories set in the American Southepicted as odd and idiosyncra.
He casual cruelty of a man scooping up fleeing crawdads and Dangerous Disguise (Cavanaugh Justice, dumping them into a boiling pot This is a world of shooting harmful only to rodents black snakes and jacklightingeer There s Booze the elderly boar who is coming to the end of a life spent terrorizing a community His viciousness and appetite were the stuff of legend That Booze Tobe said moving on to another hog Like to put him up against a pit The Bosss Baby Surprise dog oneay Hog ogging is the lesser known cousin of the infamous sport of og fighting Either way the breeds of choice are the usual abusees the pit bull terrier and the Staffordshire bull Command Performance dogs which are the for us by us of sadistic animal abusers This book contains aog fighting story titled Pit however the Loveknot (Welcome to Tyler, dogs featured are not the usual fighting breeds The spitz was awful uick and a better fighter than his size might make you think He was out of King Generator up in Pocahontas County and King Generator was aog that was born to fightInterestingly this image of the Spitz as a relentless beast may have been borne out of early vilification of the breed by New York legislators The medium sized long furred The Perfect Blend dogs were thought to have been especially susceptible to rabies and worse closely associated with the German immigrant population Despite this early panic theogs behavior simply idn t live up to popular fears However this passage oes give us an important insight into the Wanted (Sealed with a Kiss dog fighting mentality top winners are carefully guarded as Tic Emerging from the harsh realities ofifficult lives the stories are full of the violen.
Joyce Carol Oates in 1986 and from the Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa in 1988He has published three collections of short fiction Miracle Boy and Other Stories Town Smokes and The Wrecking Yard and a novel Dogs of God the last three of which were named Notable Books by The New York Times and all of which have been published in England Germany and France He has another book Wild Bleeding Heart a novel due out in 2010His stories have appeared in among other magazines and anthologies Esuire Zoetrope All Story Storyuarterly Ontario Review Appalachian Heritage the O Henry Award series twice the New Stories from the South series twice the Pushcart Prize series three times and The Oxford Book of American Short Stories Along with his wife the novelist