The Ugly Dachshund by G.B. Stern

$ 12.00

The Ugly Dachshund by G.B. Stern is a 132-page hardcover published by The Macmillan Company, New York.  First published in 1938, this copy published in August 1949.  The dust jacket has numerous edge chips and tears but is fully intact.  The inside jacket flap is price clipped.  Inside, a previous owner's name is written, in ink, on the front paste down.  Otherwise, the book is in beautiful condition, with clean unmarked pages and tight binding.  The condition is very good.

Book Summary

This is a story about real dogs behaving in their inimitable dog fashion in a purely dog world; but it is also a dog fable, in the same way perhaps that Hans Andersen's "Ugly Duckling" is a fable, and Kenneth Grahame's "Wind in the Willows"; a short cut to human nature through a most delectable medium, every page richly flavored with the universal truths which apply equally to man and beast.  The human beings appear merely as shadowy authority in the background, and are known as the Legs.  And the dialogue is a bold gay rendering of what dog dialogue might be if translated into our own language.

First, we meet a Great Dame and five dachshunds living in the sunlit beauty of a villa in the South of France.  Two others presently enter the scene; Voltaire, the wise, cynical, elderly Griffon, and Dulcibella, a cheap little film dog belonging to a cheap little film star.  Each of the group is a "character":  Elsa, the cool materialist; Erda, the beautiful and sentimental; enterprising little Eva, who goes yachting imbued with something of the Elizabethan spirit, and far prefers her seafaring life to any life on land.  Above all, the tragi-comic hero of the saga, Tono, the simple, lovable, literal and not very intelligent Great Dane, who--brought up in puppyhood in that secluded spot, and always surrounded by Dachshunds--believes that he himself is a Dachshund, but that owing to his ugliness and clumsiness, he is not treated by the Legs with the same demonstrative affection as the others. 

After numerous adventures full of savor and pungency and described with brillianbt imagination, the story reaches a happy ending:  the Great Dane comes to a dramatic realization of his own statue, and the whole world swings into a song of glad proportion.

 


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