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Howard Elman is a man whose internal landscape is as disordered as his front yard, where native New Hampshire birches mingle with a bullet-riddled washer, abandoned bathroom fixtures, and several junk cars. Howard, anti-hero of this first novel in Ernest Hebert's highly acclaimed Darby series, is a mixture too. Howard's battle against encroaching change symbolizes the class conflict between indigenous Granite Staters scratching out a living and citified immigrants with "college degrees and big bank accounts." ...
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New York, NY 1980 Trade paperback 1990th ed. Very good. VERY GOOD VINTAGE 1980 PAPERBACK-COVER CLEAN, PAGES CLEAN. LIGHT WEAR / FADING. SHIPS FROM WA-USPS. EXPEDITED SERVICES ... AVAILABLE. Trade paperback (US). Glued binding. 272 p. Audience: General/trade. VERY GOOD VINTAGE 1980 PAPERBACK-COVER CLEAN, PAGES CLEAN. LIGHT WEAR / FADING. SHIPS FROM WA-USPS. EXPEDITED SERVICES AVAILABLE. Penguin Books, 1980. "His life had come to this: save a few deer from the jaws of dogs. He was a small man sent to perform a small task." Howard Elman is a man whose internal landscape is as disordered as his front yard, where native New Hampshire birches mingle with a bullet-riddled washer, abandoned bathroom fixtures, and several junk cars. Howard, anti-hero of this first novel in Ernest Hebert's highly acclaimed Darby series, is a mixture too. Howard's battle against encroaching change symbolizes the class conflict between indigenous Granite Staters scratching out a living and citified immigrants with "college degrees and big Read more Show Less

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Overview

Howard Elman is a man whose internal landscape is as disordered as his front yard, where native New Hampshire birches mingle with a bullet-riddled washer, abandoned bathroom fixtures, and several junk cars. Howard, anti-hero of this first novel in Ernest Hebert's highly acclaimed Darby series, is a mixture too. Howard's battle against encroaching change symbolizes the class conflict between indigenous Granite Staters scratching out a living and citified immigrants with "college degrees and big bank accounts." Like the winter-weakened deer threatened by the dogs of March - the normally docile house pets whose instincts arouse them to chase and kill for sport - Howard, too, is sorely beset.
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"The book rises or falls on the strength of Howard Elman, and this man could hold up a house. By turns tormented, funny, poignant and appalling, he lodges in the memory – and successfully launches the career of Ernest Hebert." —New York Times Book Review
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ERNEST HEBERT resides in a pleasant town outside Keene, teaches English in the small college town of Hanover, and spends a good deal of time in the imaginary Darby, all three situated in New Hampshire. For more about author Ernest Hebert and the Darby Chronicles go to erniehebert.com.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2008

    I didn't get it. Very dark.

    In the first line of his introduction to the book 'Imagining New England', Joseph Conforti says, 'In 'The Dog Days of March' (1979), perhaps the best novel written about New Hampshire, Ernest Hebert relates the story of a transplanted Midwesterner who ... [buys and renovates a New Hampshire property] ... to bring the 'real' New England of her imagination into existence.' So, I tried The Dog Days of March. But I just didn't get the anti-hero, the depressing plot, the humor, etc. This is not a book for light entertainment. Read it if you enjoy biting satire a la 'Vanity Faire.'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2000

    Jacqueline Kennedy liked it, so will you

    Loved this book. You'll understand why Mr. Hebert won the Kennedy Award for this first novel.

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