- Gebundene Ausgabe: 272 Seiten
- Verlag: The Dial Press; Auflage: First Edition (8. Juni 1998)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0385316984
- ISBN-13: 978-0385316989
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 3,2 x 15,2 x 22,9 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 49 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 1.389.135 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Pack of Two: The Intricate Bond Between People and Dogs (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 8. Juni 1998
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Caroline Knapp is head over heels in love--not with a human being, but with her mixed-breed dog, Lucille. From the moment Lucille first locked eyes with Knapp through the bars of an animal shelter cage, the intelligent, pointy-eared mutt began to transform Knapp's life. Reeling from the deaths of both her parents, a breakup with a long-term boyfriend, and her newly won sobriety after a 20-year battle with the bottle (which was skillfully chronicled in a previous memoir, Drinking: A Love Story), Knapp found in Lucille not only companionship, but "consistency, continuity, connection. In a word, love." Although she doesn't regard Lucille as a replacement for alcohol and lost loved ones, Knapp does believe "that in loving her I have had that sense of being filled anew and essentially redirected, an old identity shattered and a new one emerging in its stead." In Pack of Two Knapp, with the help of dog psychiatrists, trainers, breeders, and owners, explores the partnership between human and dog and the mysteries of the canine mind--how dogs love, how they think, and how they see human beings. And despite her findings that the dog will remain essentially "mysterious ... unknowable," Knapp is ultimately at peace with this, still devouring the moments when dog and human can "transcend the language barrier" to "understand what the other wants and feels." This book pays homage to the wonderful and complex relationship between one woman and her dog. --Naomi Gesinger
"Caroline Knapp is a rare writer, with a sophisticated, beautifully controlled style." --Newsweek -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
Caroline Knapp has truly communicated the joys of "dog cohabitation" (as opposed to "dog ownership") in a way that even non-dog people can appreciate. Her largely anecdotal work will both resonate with those who have a dog, and will help to shade in mysterious and perplexing areas for those who don't -- and who wonder how people can get so darn attached to an animal.
And, perhaps best of all, Ms. Knapp avoids most of the preposterious dog-as-human-in-little-fur-coat anthromorphism that many writers of less talent and intelligence have used to convey that difficult to describe feeling of being engaged in a reciprocal love relationship with a dog.
As a writer myself, I am impressed -- and a little bit jealous of -- Ms. Knapp's use of language and phrasing to convey both complicated concepts and strong emotions. And, there are quite a few instances of humor in the book as well -- any dog owner who, as Ms. Knapp recounts, is convinced that a neighbor overhearing him or her speak to the dog would think "I'm a goon" will certainly empathize.
Again, the tone of this book is appropriate for both "dog people" and those indifferent to dogs alike. And, for those individuals (you all know who you are) who have fretted while dining out -- or, better yet, refused a dinner invitation altogether -- because of not wanting to leave Rover home alone, this book will speak to your soul.
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I love a good book about how we love our dogs... BUT this book just isn't a good book. She goes from being an average loving dog owner to some political dog owner nut. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 19. März 2000 von MagnoliaSouth
I enjoyed this book a good deal, but I thought Caroline's anecdotal examples were a little more compelling than her own self-analysis. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 10. Februar 2000 von A. Breyer
So I am not the only one who treats her dog like a child? My Lhasa Apso is 6 mos. and his name is Bailey. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 26. Januar 2000 von Kimberly Cordeiro
I finally realized I wasn't alone, Caroline Knapp and I share so many feelings. As I sat in my comfortable chair with my dog at my feet I wept with emotion. Lesen Sie weiter...Am 13. Januar 2000 veröffentlicht
I bought PACK OF TWO because I thought the description of the book's premise: a 30-something woman without lover or family finds happiness in her dog. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 31. Dezember 1999 von Dwight Okita
A Pack of Two describes a woman who has had struggles with alcohol, emotionally unavailable parents and ultimately their deaths of cancer. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 3. Dezember 1999 von Laurie Wagner
All I can say is wow. I nodded my head through the entire thing - I totally identified with the stories she told in this book. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 31. Oktober 1999 von Daisy Peel
A book that any woman who has ever loved a dog can totally relate to. Very well written and enjoyable reading. Lesen Sie weiter...Am 27. September 1999 veröffentlicht
Caroline Knapp's "Pack of Two" is an excellent, easy-to-read story about a single woman and her relationship with her dog, Lucille. Lesen Sie weiter...Am 5. September 1999 veröffentlicht