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by Anita Diamant

  • Author: Anita Diamant
  • ISBN: 0743225732
  • ISBN13: 978-0743225731
  • ePub: 1968 kb | FB2: 1307 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: Genre Fiction
  • Publisher: Scribner; 1 edition (August 30, 2005)
  • Pages: 288
  • Rating: 4.7/5
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The Last Days of Dogtown: A Novel ePub download

Anita Diamant is the bestselling author of the novels The Boston Girl, The Red Tent, Good Harbor, The Last . I did not enjoy the opening 8 or 10 pages, so I put it aside and went on to other reading.

Anita Diamant is the bestselling author of the novels The Boston Girl, The Red Tent, Good Harbor, The Last Days of Dogtown, and Day After Night, and the collection of essays, Pitching My Tent. An award-winning journalist whose work appeared in The Boston Globe Magazine and Parenting, she is the author of six nonfiction guides to contemporary Jewish life. Finally I picked it up again, and I am so glad I did.

First published in Australia in 2005. Illus-trated by Catherine M. Follansbee, who had a fondness for drawing witches astride their brooms, it was written by Charles E. Mann. In his prefatory note, Mr. Mann revealed that nearly all his material was gleaned from.

Start by marking The Last Days of Dogtown as Want to Read . Anita Diamant's characters from this book stayed with me for months after I turned the last page

Start by marking The Last Days of Dogtown as Want to Read: Want to Read savin. ant to Read. Set on the high ground at the heart of Cape Ann, the village of Dogtown is peopled by widows, orphans, spinsters, scoundrels, whores, free Africans, and An excellent novel. Anita Diamant's characters from this book stayed with me for months after I turned the last page. While I was reading the book, I found it lacking in details and context.

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The Last Days of Dogtown. Anita Diamant - (born June 27, 1951) is an American author of fiction and non fiction books. She is perhaps best known for her novel The Red Tent which was a best seller.

Format: Unabridged Written by: Anita Diamant Narrated by: Kate Nelligan .

Format: Unabridged Written by: Anita Diamant Narrated by: Kate Nelligan Release date: 9/1/2005 Duration: 10 hrs 21 mins Genres: History. A magnificent storyteller with vast imaginative range, Anita Diamant gave voice to the silent women of the Old Testament in The Red Tent. Now, in her third novel, she brings to vivid life an early New England world that history has forgotten. Set on Cape Ann in the early 1800s, The Last Days of Dogtown is peopled by widows, orphans, spinsters, scoundrels, whores, free Africans, and witches.

Set on the high ground at the heart of Cape Ann, the village of Dogtown is peopled by widows, orphans, spinsters, scoundrels, whores, free Africans, and "witches.

The death of Abraham Wharf - An unexpected visit - Greyling - Tammy Younger's toothache - Strange sightings - Stanwood reformed - The lost girls - Oliver Younger's heart - Departure - Cornelius - His own man - Easter and Ruth . .

The death of Abraham Wharf - An unexpected visit - Greyling - Tammy Younger's toothache - Strange sightings - Stanwood reformed - The lost girls - Oliver Younger's heart - Departure - Cornelius - His own man - Easter and Ruth - A last wish. Endeavoring to build a life for herself in a dying early nineteenth-century New England town, Judy Rhines struggles with feelings of profound loneliness and impacts the lives of others, including Black Ruth, a freed slave.

Endeavoring to build a life for herself in a dying early nineteenth-century New England town, Judy Rhines struggles with feelings of profound loneliness and impacts the lives of Black Ruth, a freed slave who dresses as a man and works as a stone mason; Mrs. Stanley, an imperious madam; and Oliver, who overcomes a painful childhood. By the author of The Red Tent. 200,000 first printing.
Whitebinder
Anita Diamant has an extraordinary ability to breathe life into a remote time period. Exhibit A is "The Red Tent," and "The Last Days of Dogtown" is a close runner-up. Dogtown was a real community on Cape Ann, Massachusetts, populated by the downtrodden in 1800s society--widows, orphans, freed slaves, spinsters, drunks, whores, a witch or two, and, of course, dogs. This is a work of fiction loosely based on some of the stories--True or not? No one really knows--that have been passed down through the generations about life in this isolated and much-maligned community.

Each chapter focuses on a different character in Dogtown, much like a short story, but they definitely build on one another and are intertwined. Diamant writes with fervor and imagination about the good, the bad and the ugly. The words pop off the page. You can almost feel the winds off the ocean and sense the briny smell in the air. The story is sad, including the ending, but it is real and authentic.

Advice: There are a LOT of characters in this book, and I found the Kindle X-ray feature enormously helpful in keeping them all straight. And whether you're reading on a Kindle or a paper book, carefully read the first chapter (and even reread it later if you need to), since almost all the characters are introduced there.
Aiata
I REALLY ENJOYED READING THIS NOVEL. I HAD HEARD OF IT PRIOR TO BUYING IT AND KNEW IT WAS SOME STORY ABOUT "OUTCASTS" FROM THE MAIN LINE OF SOCIETY WHO HAD POPPED UP SHORTLY AFTER THE PILGRIMS ARRIVE. YOU CAN JUST IMIGINE THE CHATTER: "WE RIDE TO AMERICA ON A SMALL BROKEN DOWN BOAT WITH SOME OF THE OTHER TRULY FAITHFUL. THE SEAS WERE IMMENSE, AND WE DREADED THAT WE SHOULD NEVER MAKE LANDFALL. MOST OF US PRAYED, STRODE THE DECKS ON THE HELLISH SEAS AND PRAYED; STAYED FOR SHORT WHILES IN THE MISERABLE SMALL CABINS THEY GAVBE US WHICH SMELLED OF NIGHT JUGS AND VOMIT AND WE PRAYED; THE CHASTE AMOUNG US SPLIT INTO GROUPS OF MEN AND WOMEN AND HAD PAYER CIRCLES AFTER EVERY MEAL AND PRAYED; AND AS IN A PRAYER , WE PRAYED FOR THE RIFF RAFF AND RABLE THAT WERE WITH US WHEN THEY WERE TOO BUSY SINNING TO PRAY FOR THEMSELVES. THE SHAME OF IT ALL.

I IMAGINE THAT ONCE LANDFALL WAS MADE IN THE STATES, AND A GENERATION OR TWO HAD MANAGED TO SURVIVE THE MESERABLE, COLD WEATHER, THE SPARSE AMOUNTS OF FOOD, THE SHORT GROWING SEASONS, AND THE RUN INS WITH THE INDIANS, THAT CASTE SYSTEMS (UNSPOKEN ONES OF COURSE BECAUSE WE ARGE GOOD CHRISTIANS) WERE SET UP, THE LINES WERE DRAWN IN THE SAND AND THE SYSTEM WAS IN PLACE. THE LORD SAID THE POOR WILL ALWAYS BE WITH US, WHICH WE TOOK TO MEAN THAT WE SHOULD KICK THEM TO THE BOTTOM RUNG OF THE SOCIAL LADDER, ALONG WITH THOSE WHOSE WHOSE SKIN IS NOT WHITE; THOSE WOMEN WHO DID NOT TO SNAG A MATE AND THOSE ORPHANS TO WHOM GOD SAID WE WERE TO GIVE CARE...OBVIOUSLY THOSE FOLK ARE NOT AS GOOD AS; NOR AS SOUND A CHRISTIANS AS THE REST OF US, SO THEY BELONG ELSEWHERE (NOT IN MY BACK YARD SO TO SPEAK) AND THAT IS HOW DOG TOWN BECAME TO BE.

IT IS BELIEVED TO BE A REAL COMMUNITY AS ARCHELOGICAL DIGS HAVE SHOWN THAT IT WAS INHABITED. IT'S LOCATION IS CLOSSE TO, WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE OF, THE "GOOD TOWNS OR THE GOOD SECTIONS OF VARIOUS TOWNS", BUT JUST AS TODAYS CITIES HAVE THEIR GHETTOS, THE EARLY SETTLEMENTS MADE CERTAIN THAT WHORE STREETS, HOMES OF THE LESS FORTUNATE, THE POOR OR UNWANTED WERE NOT CLOSE ENOUGH TO THE NICE cHRISTIAN HOMES THEREFORE LENDING AN UNWHOLSOME STENCH THAT MIGHT NOT BE PLEASANT TO GOD'S NOSE. AS WITH ALL DISCRIMITORY SETTINGS, REASONS WERE GIVEN AND THE PEOPLE LIVING IN THE VARIOUS COMMUNITIES PLAYED ALONG WITH THE RULES SET UP BY THE STRONGER OF THE PLAYRS.

THE AUTHOR TOOK OLD WRITTEN HISTORIES, STORIES THAT WERE PASSED FROM GNERATION TO GENERATION, AND INFO FROM FAMILY BIBLES TO WEAVE A WONDERFUL TALE (THAT IF TRUTH BE KNOWN IS PROBABLY NOT ALL THAT IMAGINARY) ABOUT THE EARLY DAYS OF SETTLE MENT IN AMERICA.

WE HAD OUR OWN SCROOGE AND HE DIED EARLY ON AND WAS LAID OUT AT THE HOME OF THE REIGNING DOGTOWN WIDOW...WHO KEPT ORDER IN THE RANKS. A LOCAL ORPHAN RAN THE STREETS. HE WAS ACTUALLY THE LEGITIMATE SON OF THE TOWN DRUNK, BUT THIS DRUNK HAD A WEE BIT OF IMAGE TO RETAIN AND KEEP UP, SO HAVING HIS BASTARD SON IN THE HOUSE WITH HIM, HIS WIFE AND OTHER CHILDREN WOULD NOT DO. POOR S[OMSTERS ABOUNDED AND WE ARE GIVEN HINTS THAT THEIR LIVES ARE THE RESULTS OF THEIR OWN MISSTEPTS AND NOT THOSE LAID OUT FOR THEM BY GOD. THERE IS AN ELIGIBLE LADY OF RELATIVELY YOUNG AGE WHO IS WELL CONNECTED DNOUGH THAT SHE SHOULD SHURELY BE ABLE TO FIND A HUSBAND....WE DISCOVER THAT NOT BEING MARRIED IS HER CHOICE. IN HER HEART SHE IS MARRIED TO THE LOCAL BLACK HANDMAN, BUT THE HANDS THAT PERFORM ROUGH TASKS DURING THE DAY, SET HER ON FIRE BY NIGHT.

THE GOAL OF THOSE WHO LIVE IN DOGTOWN IS TO GET OUT OF THERE PERMENENTLY BY HOOK OR CROOK, OR TO MOVE UPWARD IN THE HEIRARCHAY OF THE SUPBURB ITSELF THUS MAKING A NAME FOR ONES SELF. ACTUALLY, IT TURNS OUT THAT THE FIRST OPTION IS THE ONLY ONE THAT ACTUALLY EXISTS AS DOG TOWN WILL BE A GHOST TOWN IN LESS THAT A GENERATION AND NO ONE WILL WANT TO VISIT; LET ALONE, STAY FOR THE NIGHT AND TELL GHOST STORIES.

THE AUTHOR DOES A VERY BELIEVEABLE JOB OF GIVING SPEAKING PARTS TO DOG TOWN RESIDENTS. WHAT DO THEY REALLY WANT? WHO ARE THEY? IF THEY GET OUT WHAT CAN THEY DO? RACISM, CLASS SEP[ARATION; HUMAN DEPRAPVITY; I AM IN IT JUST FOR MYSELF AND TO HELL WITH THE REST OF YOU AND THEMES THAT ARE ADDRESSED OVER AND OVER FROM DIFFERENT ANGLES UNTIL WE UNDERSTAND THAT THE DOG TOWN RESIDENTS REALLY HAD NO CHOICE. GOD SET THEIR FOOSTEPS IN MOTION AND THEY HAVE BEEN FOLLOWING THAT PATTERN SINCE THE DAY OF THEIR CONCEPTION AND WILL UNTIL THE DAY OF THEIR DEATH. LIKE ANY CLASS THEMED NOVEL, SOME CHARACTERS RISE UP AND SOME FALL DOWN....,MAYBE ONCE AND SOMETIMES SEVERAL TIMES.

AS IN MANY A GOOD NOVEL, AT THE END, ALL IS WELL. IT IS NOT PERFECT BUT YOU HAVE A MUCH CLEARER UNDERSTANDING OF LIVING IN A SMALL COLD HOUSE WITH AN OUTHOUSE WHICH MUST BE VISITED COLD OR NOT, CHICKENS OR NOT, NEIGHBORS OR NOT, DOGS OR NOT, WELL, IT IS LIFE. LIFE MUST BE CARRIED ON WHETHER THE CIRCUMSTANCES ARE EXPEMPLARY OR WHETHER THEY ARE FATAL TO YOUR HEALTH. I AM OVER AND OVER AGAIN REMINDED THAT WE ARE ALL CHARACTERS IN A PLAY OF LIFE AND WE HAVE ABOUT 15 MINUTES TO MAKE OUR IMPACT AND THEN WE ARE LIKE MOST OF THE REST OF THE WORLD: WE ARE DEAD.

I OFTEN WONDER WHY PERSONS WITH NO FAITH CONTINUE TO STRUGGLE THROUGH LIFE. WHY DO THEY JUST NOT THROW UP THEIR HANDS AND JUMP OFF A BRIDGE? SUCH STORIES ARE CERTAINLY FAITH CONFIRMING FOR ME AND THIS ONE POINIENTLY SO, AS THERE ARE SO SO MANY ROUGH PATCHES IN THESE FOLKS LIVES AND SO FEW BEAUTIFUL SUNRISES. SO FEW HAPPY ENDINGS AND SO MANY REALITIES OF LIFE PUSHED INTO OUR FACES. FOR ME IT WAS HARD TO DIGEST ENTIRELY BECAUSE IT DISPLAYED LIFE IN ITS REALITY AS HARD AND NON-RESILIENT. AND IN THE END: SHROUDS HAVE NO POCKETS FOLKS. LIFE, DEATH AND TAXES YOU CAN COUNT ON, NOT MUCH ELSE.
Hunaya
My first experience with Ms. Diamant's writing was The Red Tent. Wanting more
I ordered The Last Days of Dogtown and at first I was disappointed. I did not
enjoy the opening 8 or 10 pages, so I put it aside and went on to other reading.
Finally I picked it up again, and I am so glad I did. The cluttered and seemingly
disjointed first chapter quickly evolved to a series of individual character studies,
each more fascinating that the next. The omniscient narrator technique was used
to perfection -- young boy, old woman, black man, old maid, even a dog -- each of their
stories are told. Separate but intertwined. Perfection in storytelling in my opinion.
Currently I'm reading her The Boston Girl, which I like -- but at the four star level.
It probably won't be very long before I re-read Dogtown, as I feel there is a lot more
there than I was able to get on the first go round.
Kahavor
The story has some good points;descriptive narrative and setting details; but I was disappointed in the foul language and the sexual plot lines. If that was typical of the early settlers of that area, I would be surprised. The many characters were hard to keep track of. Overall, I expected more from this author.
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