Teaching the Dog to Read

I’ve written about Jonathan Carroll before at CJPBookNews.  Clicking on his name will bring you to my previous entry.  Carroll does it again. He has written another magical piece of literature.

Teaching the Dog to Read

touches on all that is quintessential Carroll:
Death
Love
Philosophy
Talking Dogs

It’s all here.  At less than one hundred pages, Teaching the Dog… is no less a masterpiece then many of Carroll’s longer works. If you have yet to discover Jonathan Carroll this may be just the book to start your travels with.

The BEST description I can give to you of Jonathan Carroll’s style is:
Alice Hoffman on LSD.

There is definitely an Alice Hoffman tinge to Carroll. However he veers off into his own parallel world where even odder events occur then in Alice Hoffman’s worlds.

Teaching the Dog…  begins with Tony Areal getting a something he has coveted, an extravagant watch, one he could not afford on his own.  Shortly after receiving the expensive watch, Tony receives an even greater gift, the Porsche Cayman that has been his dream car.  Why is everything falling into place for Tony?  You’ll have to read Teaching to the Dog to Read to discover why.

If you decide to take this wild ride, I guarantee, it won’t be the last trip you take with Mr Carroll.

I met Jonathan Carroll once in Rhode Island at a writer’s conference I attended regularly in the 1990s when I wrote fiction.  It was well before I knew who he was and I wish now that I had been introduced to his literature before I met him.  

Until next time…
…Turn the page.
Chris

Teaching the Dog to Read

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