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There’s a lot going on here – mostly fantasy, a dabble of sci-fi, a dollop of British-Irish historical tension and ugliness, families, loss, love, hope, longing, and dogs and jonez cats When for our next cooperative reading venture Mrs.

For his sentence he is banished to Earth as a dog and must accomplish a seemingly impossible task or he will die as a dog. Not that Wynne Jones wallows in gory details, however the repeated incidents of Cathleen being hit, insulted and treated as a literal slave, as well as Sirius own mistreatment which ranges from being forcibly tied up in a yard to also being beaten is definitely distressing, particularly since Wynne Jones does not progress the plot surrounding Sirius and the Zoi or even introduce characters from outside the Duffield house until a good halfway through the novel.

Dogsbody by Diana Wynne Jones book review

There’s definitely a fairy-tale element to this story, with some surprising departures from the norm. One of the things I love most about this book is dianna Miss Smith, a kind and intelligent old lady who knows “Leo” is more than he appears, view spoiler [adopts Kathleen to get her out of the Duffields’ house and give her a real home.

Apr dogssbody, Victoria rated it it was amazing Shelves: It is a hard question to answer and the book has some interesting things to say about that.

Sirius will not hear of it. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Because of their skill, the synne lived a busy and private life outside and inside the house, whereas he had to wait for a human to lead him about. Notify me jomes new comments via email. But I also feel that some loose ends detracted from it. Unfortunately the woman who owns his mother decides to kill Sirius and all his puppy brothers and sisters by drowning them in the river.


Witch Week The Chrestomanci Series: Starwuffs, episode 1, the labrador bites back. Although he doesn’t realize, some of the dogs Patchie, Rover, Redears, and Bruce are his siblings. Kathleen keeps him as a pet despite stiff opposition at home. Nov 30, Laura Gilfillan rated it it was amazing Shelves: As a child, I completely missed the Irish subtext that made such integral backstory to Kathy’s character, but as an adult it was an amazing discovery dogsbofy make and further proves just what a many-layered, fast read this is.

Dogsbody has become, deservedly, a classic, not despite but because of its completely nontraditional cosmology. Something terrible was going to happen to the warren – he felt sure of it. According to her autobiography, Jones decided she was jonds atheist when she was eiana child. Bodine rated it it was amazing. What do you think about it? He loves his mistress Kathleen.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Sirius however breaks this mould since despite a temper and the need to reconcile his two natures, he’s generally extremely pleasant, particularly since his fits of temper are always reserved for those who deserve it. This new edition provides – I hope – the appeal and opportunity to place Dogsbody in many more people’s hands.

Insightful, heart-breaking and hilarious as ever, this is a new favourite. I don’t know many authors who are able to intimately show a world distinctly full of the concerns, experiences and everyday lives of their characters, even taking the magical or fantastic in stride as just part of those concerns, yet at the same time have little adroit twists of description that flick into the beautiful or mysterious.

Dogsbody by Diana Wynne Jones

There’s the issue of child abuse. Basil follows Robin to Miss Smith’s.

Dec 07, Kusaimamekirai rated digsbody really liked it Shelves: No human violence, however. What do you think about it? If not, he will continue to live and die as a dog. I did like the little girl, who adopted S I read somewhere that this was a must-read for dog lovers but I wasn’t actually impressed with the dog character. Life and Literature Mrs. Despite the unpleasantness though, the book is far from devoid of humour, indeed a large part of amusement comes from just how well Wynne Jones depicts the lives and motivations of animals, for example when Sirius meets several other dogs who effusively repeat “hello, hello, hello” something which anyone familiar with dogs will recognize.


At the same time, I didn’t love it, and I don’t necessarily crave more of it, but that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t recommend it They let me check out armloads of Goosebumps books week after week, when just a few shelves away, there were a dozen magical, wonderful books by Diana Wynne Jones just aching to be discovered and devoured by a dork like me, who would clearly have loved them.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved from ” https: Kathleen joes another displaced child in the DWJ pattern — her father is in jail, her mother fled in fear, so she is stuck with her cousins, uncle, and particularly nasty aunt Duffie.

Her world’s are often left feeling as if there is much to be expanded upon – I would not call them unfinished, just that you’re only given a small window into a much larger thing that goes far beyond the pages. The nasty adults do and threaten to do things that real nasty adults do. This site uses cookies. Jan 02, Kwoomac rated it it was digsbody Shelves: The three find Patchie and Rover and Redears, and run with the cold and dogsody five warm dogs into nothingness.

Hope you get to read the books of Diana Wynne Jones jonrs like them. Dogsbody by Diana Wynne Jones 14 26 Jun 21, Captain Etienne Navarre is a man on whose shoulders lie a cruel curse. Anyone looking for a unique spin on a dog book would definitely enjoy this!