[Read] ➪ Words the Dog Knows By J.R. Carpenter – Terrapin-info.co.uk



10 thoughts on “Words the Dog Knows

  1. says:

    This is a delightful book Not hilarious although it s funny in the way that humans and their dogs are funny always not insightful although it s shot through with homespun advice and self awareness about living with a dog, a boyfriend, neighbours and oneself not a fictional memoir of life in Montreal although it reads like a non fiction book so real are its characters and the ambience of the place certainly not heavy although the feelin...


  2. says:

    I really enjoyed this book I picked it up because I needed inspiration and freedom from the small town I currently live in Montreal seemed like the perfect place to escape to I loved the rural Nova Scotia life descriptions as well though.I understood a lot of the dog drama, having had a crazy labrador myself Pets do really add depth ...


  3. says:

    Well written I really enjoyed the first 2 3 childhood and first years in Montreal, also the chapter or two about the road trips to NY state I think it was to drop off and pick up the narrator s boyfriend I ...


  4. says:

    a good book, I enjoyed it


  5. says:

    Although a cat person, I enjoyed this book about dog people.


  6. says:

    Beautifully crafted sentences are almost enough, but not quite With no plot to speak of, and nothing really happening girl grows up, gets partner, gets dog, the end the writing better be spectacular but brief which it is I enjoyed this book, but the only things that kept me reading...


  7. says:

    Light yet well written book with an eclectic mix of anecdotes that revolve around the main character s dog Isaac A bit rambling without the structure of chapters, but still easy to follow Even if you aren t a dog owner, it s an enjoyable read.


  8. says:

    This was an interesting book not my favourite, with a little of character development, and mostly descriptions of the main character s day to day life What made me interesting for me was finally reading a book where the setting was in my town It was so much fun to recognize the streets and places I didn t get attached to the characters, except fo...


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Words the Dog Knows J R Carpenter S Long Awaited First Novel Words The Dog Knows Follows The Criss Crossing Paths Of A Quirky Cast Of Characters Through The Mile End Neighbourhood Of Montreal Simone Couldn T Wait To Get Out Of Rural Nova Scotia In Montreal She Buries Her Head In Books About Far Off Places Her Best Friend Julie Gets Her A Job In The Corporate World Travelling For Business Cures Simone Of Her Restlessness One Summer Julie S Dog Mingus Introduces Simone To Theo They Move In Together Theo Is A Man Of Few Words Until He And Simone Get A Dog, That Is They Set About Training Isaac The Wonder Dog To Sit, Come, Stay Meanwhile, He Has Fifty Girlfriends To Keep Track Of And A Master Plan For The Rearrangement Of Every Stick In Every Alleyway In Mile End He Introduces Theo And Simone To Their Neighbours He Trains Them To See The Jumbled Intimacy Of Mile End S Back Alleyways With The Immediacy Of A Dog S Eye View Carpenter Writes With Humour And Directness, Melding The Emotional Precision Of Her Award Winning Short Fiction With The Narrative Ingenuity Of Her Pioneering Works In Electronic Literature The Result Is A Fresh And Accessible First Novel Written And Illustrated In The Vernacular Of The Neighbourhood Where Cooking Smells, Noisy Neighbours And Laundry Lines Criss Cross The Alleyway One Sentence At A Time Words The Dog Knows Is A Story Because Of A Dog Walking Though The Same Back Alleyways Day After Day, Theo And Simone Come To See Their Neighbourhood And Each Other In A Whole New Way This Is Our Back Alley This Is A Walk We Walk Everyday It S A Long Block Five Minutes From Bottom To Top Six If You Walk Slowly Seven If You Walk As If Intent On Studying Everyscent Eight And A Half Years If You Re Sniffing For Stories We Take Other Walks Besides This One, But Let S Say We Don T Let S Say Our Dog Walks Us Up And Down This Alleyway Three Times A Day That S Eight And A Half Years Of Up And Eight And A Half Years Of Down Nine Thousand Three Hundred Laps Of Toenails Clicking On Cracked Concrete Trail Zigzagging, Long Tail Wagging, Long Tongue Lolling, Dog Tags Clacking Ears Open, Eyes Darting, Nose To The Ground Our Dog Is Medium, That S What The Alley Kids Say He S A Medium Dog With An Orange Ball Maybe You Ve Met Him He Knows People That We Don T Once We Overheard A Man At A Dinner Party Talking About The Dog With The Orange Ball We Said That S Our Dog He Said That S Crazy He S Never Even Seen Our Dog, But His Daughter Knows The Sound Of Our Dog S Dog Tags He Lifts Her Up So She Can Watch The Dog With The Orange Ball Running Up The Alley We Ve Since Glimpsed Her Pixie Head Peeking Over Their High Fence To You Our Newest Not Yet Neighbours, In Response To The Letter You Left In Every Mailbox On Our Block Yes, Of Course, We Understand That There Will Be Some Noise We Might Have Bought The Place Ourselves Had It Not Needed So Many Renovations Your Note Didn T Mention That There D Be Trucks Blocking The Alleyway For Four Months We Sit In Our Kitchen And Listen To Your Contractors Cursing In Between Bursts Of Jackhammer And Bandsaw And We Mourn The Passing Of What Used To Be Your Back Fence Used To Have An Ancient Wooden Door In It, Sagging Blue Askew Amidst A Retinue Of Vines Clinging To Crumbing Cinderblocks Guarding An Oasis Of Lazy Brown Eyed Susans Now There S A Backhoe Clawing After A Basement The First Time Wemet You The Ground Was Still Frozen In The Back Alley By The Blue Door You Threw A Stick For Our Dog And Told Us How You D Decided To Buy The Place We Are In Love With The Garden, You Said Every Day When We Walk The Dog Through The Mud From The Hole You Ve Dug We Remember This Story.