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The Boss Dog: a Book in Review Part 2


The Boss Dog, as the title suggests, centers around The Boss Dog, who plays a key role throughout the tales within this diminutive volume. I liked how this dog would silently work his magic throughout the story, "Once, he rescued one of them. And once he taught them about not judging too hastily as to whether a man who looks like a thug-mug-crook is that or something else again. Several times he taught them little tricks of bravery or bravado, or how to cock an ear at Fate, or how, when all is said and done, to survive in one form or another." (Page 1) .


The mother and her two daughters meet The Boss Dog at a small café in Aix, and in the course of the story, he stops some thieves, saves a girl, and starts a family. The way M.F.K. Fisher drew The Boss Dog as the solid thread throughout this work of fiction was both interesting and ingenious in creating both a continuity and an added likability to the narrative.


By the end of the story, all have come around to appreciating this mutt of all trades, "'Good thing I met him,' Mary said suddenly. 'Good thing he met me," Anne [concluded]. " (Page 95-96) .


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