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The Dialogue of the Dogs

by Miguel de Cervantes

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Lots of writers have used sentient animals as a tool for satirizing the human condition. Miguel de Cervantes did it first... or at least firster than most of the other ones you'll find.

What bothers me about many books of this type is that often the animals criticize humans with a superior, judgmental attitude that makes them just as flawed and obnoxious as the people they're trying to satirize. Cervantes avoids this by having his dogs prone to the same foils of man.

It's an amusing book, but really not that important. Fans of the picturesque novel or Cervantes should definitely give it a try, I guess. Or, y'know, if you like light brown ( )
  TooHotty | Nov 21, 2008 |
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