The Dogs of March / Edition 1

The Dogs of March / Edition 1

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by Ernest Hebert
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0874517192

ISBN-13: 9780874517194

Pub. Date: 02/01/1995

Publisher: University Press of New England

“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 and maples mingle with a bullet-riddled washer, abandoned bathroom fixtures, and several junk cars. Howard,

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“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 and maples 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 Chronicles, is a man who is tough and tender.

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.

The seven novels of Hebert’s Darby Chronicles cover 35 years in the life of a small New England town as seen through the eyes of three families—the Elmans, the Salmons, and the Jordans—each representing a distinct social class. It all starts with The Dogs of March, cited for excellence in 1980 by the Hemingway Foundation (now the Pen Faulkner Award for Fiction).

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780874517194
Publisher:
University Press of New England
Publication date:
02/01/1995
Series:
Hardscrabble Books-Fiction of New England
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)

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The Dogs of March 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.'
Guest More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. You'll understand why Mr. Hebert won the Kennedy Award for this first novel.