The Last Days of Dogtown

The Last Days of Dogtown❴BOOKS❵ ✭ The Last Days of Dogtown Author Anita Diamant – Jobs-in-kingston.co.uk 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 A magnificent storyteller with vast imaginative Days of ePUB ´ 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 s, The Last Days of Dogtown is peopled by widows, orphans, spinsters, scoundrels, whores, free The Last ePUB ô Africans, and witches Among the inhabitants of Dogtown is Black Ruth, an African woman who dresses as a man and works as a stone mason Mrs Stanley, an imperious madam whose grandson, Sammy, comes of age in her rural brothel Oliver Younger, who survives a miserable childhood at the hands of a very strange aunt and Cornelius Finson, a freed slave whose race denies him Last Days of PDF Å everything At the center of it all is Judy Rhines, a fiercely independent soul, deeply lonely, who nonetheless builds a life for herself and inspires those around her to become generous and tolerant themselves This is a story of hardship and resilience and an extraordinary re creation of an untold chapter of early American life With a keen ear for language and profound compassion for her characters, Diamant has created her most moving and powerful story. 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 Yet, once I was done, I decided that I had just enough information to make all of the characters extremely real to me.This is a book about a dying shore town whose industry had all moved elsewhere There are some women who live alone either never married or widowed in this old town They subsist off of the land and some small, odd jobs But mainly they are just biding their time and surviving until they, too, will die.The whole portrait of this dying town, and the ways that life still goes on in a dying town, fascinated me I would have liked for this book to be 4 times as long so I could have had detail about each character and day to day life in Dogtown. Here is the conversation I had with my husband the other night when I was on my way out the door to book club HUSBAND What book are you doing ME Last Days of Dogtown.HUSBAND Cool I still want to see the movie.ME I m pretty sure it hasn t been made into a movie trying to picture how a modern day director might handle such scenes as public urination and pipe playing.HUSBAND Yeah, you remember I think Heath Ledger was in it.ME Oh, LORDS of Dogtown relieved to finally be understanding.HUSBAND Right, that s not what you re reading ME Not even close.Given the choice, I d pick this character driven story over the history of skateboarding any day It was a smooth read, and not as depressing as I had assumed once a few of the characters found their way out of misery and into the warm if brief light of genuine happiness It reminded me of Steinbeck s Cannery Row in the way I found myself rooting for some of the inhabitants of Dogtown I found it to be a light touch on the subject of race, but what there was on that topic was thoughtfully rendered Overall a good read, good enough to rob me of my well earned sleep a few nights in a row. After reading The Red Tent, I was eager to read by this author The blurb about this book stated..Dogtown is peopled by widow, orphans, spinsters, scoundrels, whores, free Africans and witches Hmmmmm sounds interesting The blurb went on to talk about Ruth who dresses as a man and works as a stone mason this is set in the early 1800 s , Sammy who has a miserable childhood being raised in a brothel, Oliver Younger who is being raised by a wicked aunt, and Cornelius who is a freed slave All of these characters descriptions intrigued me and so I began to read the book Could have been a wonderful story, but it kind of rambled on at the beginning and was hard to get into it I stuck with it though, and in the end, I was interested enough in each characters life to wish them happiness and a better life The book takes place over many decades and you learn about the characters at different points in their lives Good enough, but not like The Red Tent. Immediately I finished this book, I began to look into the true history of Dogtown and was fascinated to find that the characters and events portrayed by Diamant are based in fact I found repeated references to these characters whose real names Diamant has preserved in her novel and indications that many of the novel s plot points are inspired by legends which surround the real Dogtown I was even able to discover current maps and photos of the area which is now a park that can be visited for hiking and picnics.All the historical facts aside, this is a good novel The prose is sparse in keeping with the subject matter and perfectly suited to the story at hand It is rather like a sketch made with a very few strokes of the pencil, spare and powerful.Because Dogtown is becoming a ghost town, the characters have a rather haunting, or perhaps haunted, quality As one by one, their neighbors move away, as the houses are one by one abandoned, those who remain live alongside the ghosts of the past and seem to become increasingly transparent themselves And haunted is how I felt when I was reading It isn t an altogether pleasant feeling but it seems appropriate in this case. This has just become one of my favorite books I can t imagine anyone could read this and not fall in love with Dogtown and its people The characters are so well developed some funny and quirky, others horrid and unloveable, and, of course, some honest and flawless The description of the town and the going ons around the town are captivating. After recently finishing and loving The Red Tent, I was excited to find another Anita Diamant book seemingly sitting on the shelf just waiting for me to pluck it up and take it home Now that I ve finished it, I have to say I m disappointed TLDOG is about the last citizens of a small town in Massachusetts in the 1800s They all live hardscrabble lives trying to get by in a town where the resources are dwindling As the old people die off, there are few young people to replace them Based on a real town, I understand Diamant s desire to create her own story of what happened to these people, to acknoledge that they lived and breathed and loved once upon a time And while most of the characters are somewhat interesting, she doesn t light on any one long enough for the reader to really invest in them Eventually everyone leaves Dogtown in one way or the other, which the reader knew would happen from the beginning In the end I had just one thought, who cares Despite the fact that I m already reading several other books, those books seem to be lingering in the OK, but not so compelling category so I decided to pick this one up Pretty pungent opening scene.Moving along as one G reads reviewer complained, this is NOT a happy tale It s about throwaway people in the early mid 19th century Not as long ago as people like to think My paternal grandmother was born in 1886 and I knew her about as well as a little kid and teenager can know an old person She must have had the same relationship as a kid to people from that pre Civil War era The town I live in, Phippsburg, Maine, once had its own Dogtown It was on a small island just yards away from the mainland called Malaga The settlers there were very poor, multi racial, and lived hand to mouth into the early 20th century They were forcibly removed and scattered to make way for a resort development that never happened Some wound up in the State Home for the Feeble Minded, where they died out There s an excellent Y A award winning novel that deals with the events called Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy One occasionally sees feature articles about this in the local papers A shameful chapter in Maine s history is usually the theme of those articles Indeed A quibble the author finds it necessary to include some technical intimate details about the lovemaking history of two of the characters This seems out of place in a book set in the early 19th century She could have said all of what needed to be said in general terms appropriate to the setting.This book is a portrait of a time and place and as such has almost no plot Still, it s pretty well done NOT great literature, but compelling enough to read.Well, I need to finish ONE of the too many books I m supposedly reading right now and it looks like it ll be this one Pretty good so far as the author shuffles along, moving from character to character and building her snapshot of Dogtown in the early 19th century One does wonder if the sort of modern ish way these lives are presented i.e they look, act and talk a lot like us is creating an accurate picture of life and lives almost 200 years ago As Vicki Lawrence Momma on the The Carol Burnett Show once famously declared How the hell should I know Finished last night with this enjoyable slice of life story about the lives of a bunch of folks on the underside of life in early 19th c coastal Massachusetts It reminded me of The Meadow, another wandering tale focused on the people who inhabit a particular patch of territory over the years I d love to give it a 4 rating, and if G reads gave us six stars to work with that would make it easy But we only get five and 4 is a bit too many Not sure if it was a typo or intentional, but we say pollock, not pollack round these parts It s a type of fish 3.5 rounds down to 3 BTW, Dogtown in Gloucester can be visited Not much there these days. This is NO Red Tent I spent the first half really wanting it to be about someone in particular, and I guess it sort of did come full circle through all the characters in the end, but what it really was about was Dogtown itself The title says that, but I guess I kept wanting to identify with someone in particular and it never happened Just about the time I warmed up to one character the story shifted it s focus to someone else The book was ABOUT Dogtown, but it s voice was through Dogtown s characters and it came across like a series of related vignettes, which I guess is okay, but it wasn t what I was expecting I guess I really wanted to identify with a particular someone and never really could because the time period and characters shifted constantly.And goodness gracious How SAD This book is full of regrets and missed opportunities and guilt and poor circumstances Definitely not any sort of fortifying read at all I really looked forward to loving this when I picked it up, but no. I can t say I enjoyed this book The characters live such difficult lives I find it hard to read books about the down trodden, especially if they are abused, physically or emotionally And emotional and physical abuse, discrimination, and cruelty abound in this book I just want to bury my head in the sand, and not be reminded that people like John Stanwood are allowed to exist.I find myself torn between giving this 4 stars, because the author does a good job of portraying their sad lives, or 2 stars, because I really didn t enjoy the book So I m settling for 3 stars.And yet, there are characters to rise above their circumstances to exhibit friendship, caring and bountiful kindness The relationships of these lonely people, living their hard scrabble lives in the dying community of Dogtown are encouraging.Even the strongest characters in the book Easter Carter, Judy Rhines, Cornelius Finson, Black Ruth, Oliver Younger face periods of desperation In this way, the characters are real. Anita Diamant is on the honour roll for character development I don t know that I ve read a book before that had so many richly developed characters Each one of the Dogtown residents had multi layers of personality, motives, and viewpoints Even the dogs and the town were characterized.Anita Diamant s story was inspired by an article she read about the ghost town in Cape Ann, Massachusetts I went online to see if there was such a place There was indeed a town named Dogtown and legends about Judy Rhines, Tammy Younger, and Cornelius Black Neil.Each chapter was like a vignette showcasing individual characters and their circumstances By the end of the book, as the last resident of Dogtown was moved to the workhouse, Diamant had tied them all together as a cohesive story about the trials and tribulations of the town that was known as Dogtown.This was an audiobook narrated by Kate Mulligan who did a wonderful job in giving a voice to each character.

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    The Last Days of Dogtown Epub ☆ Last Days of PDF her characters, Diamant has created her most moving and powerful story. 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 Yet, once I was done, I decided that I had just enough information to make all of the characters extremely real to me.This is a book about a dying shore town whose industry had all moved elsewhere There are some women who live alone either never married or widowed in this old town They subsist off of the land and some small, odd jobs But mainly they are just biding their time and surviving until they, too, will die.The whole portrait of this dying town, and the ways that life still goes on in a dying town, fascinated me I would have liked for this book to be 4 times as long so I could have had detail about each character and day to day life in Dogtown. Here is the conversation I had with my husband the other night when I was on my way out the door to book club HUSBAND What book are you doing ME Last Days of Dogtown.HUSBAND Cool I still want to see the movie.ME I m pretty sure it hasn t been made into a movie trying to picture how a modern day director might handle such scenes as public urination and pipe playing.HUSBAND Yeah, you remember I think Heath Ledger was in it.ME Oh, LORDS of Dogtown relieved to finally be understanding.HUSBAND Right, that s not what you re reading ME Not even close.Given the choice, I d pick this character driven story over the history of skateboarding any day It was a smooth read, and not as depressing as I had assumed once a few of the characters found their way out of misery and into the warm if brief light of genuine happiness It reminded me of Steinbeck s Cannery Row in the way I found myself rooting for some of the inhabitants of Dogtown I found it to be a light touch on the subject of race, but what there was on that topic was thoughtfully rendered Overall a good read, good enough to rob me of my well earned sleep a few nights in a row. After reading The Red Tent, I was eager to read by this author The blurb about this book stated..Dogtown is peopled by widow, orphans, spinsters, scoundrels, whores, free Africans and witches Hmmmmm sounds interesting The blurb went on to talk about Ruth who dresses as a man and works as a stone mason this is set in the early 1800 s , Sammy who has a miserable childhood being raised in a brothel, Oliver Younger who is being raised by a wicked aunt, and Cornelius who is a freed slave All of these characters descriptions intrigued me and so I began to read the book Could have been a wonderful story, but it kind of rambled on at the beginning and was hard to get into it I stuck with it though, and in the end, I was interested enough in each characters life to wish them happiness and a better life The book takes place over many decades and you learn about the characters at different points in their lives Good enough, but not like The Red Tent. Immediately I finished this book, I began to look into the true history of Dogtown and was fascinated to find that the characters and events portrayed by Diamant are based in fact I found repeated references to these characters whose real names Diamant has preserved in her novel and indications that many of the novel s plot points are inspired by legends which surround the real Dogtown I was even able to discover current maps and photos of the area which is now a park that can be visited for hiking and picnics.All the historical facts aside, this is a good novel The prose is sparse in keeping with the subject matter and perfectly suited to the story at hand It is rather like a sketch made with a very few strokes of the pencil, spare and powerful.Because Dogtown is becoming a ghost town, the characters have a rather haunting, or perhaps haunted, quality As one by one, their neighbors move away, as the houses are one by one abandoned, those who remain live alongside the ghosts of the past and seem to become increasingly transparent themselves And haunted is how I felt when I was reading It isn t an altogether pleasant feeling but it seems appropriate in this case. This has just become one of my favorite books I can t imagine anyone could read this and not fall in love with Dogtown and its people The characters are so well developed some funny and quirky, others horrid and unloveable, and, of course, some honest and flawless The description of the town and the going ons around the town are captivating. After recently finishing and loving The Red Tent, I was excited to find another Anita Diamant book seemingly sitting on the shelf just waiting for me to pluck it up and take it home Now that I ve finished it, I have to say I m disappointed TLDOG is about the last citizens of a small town in Massachusetts in the 1800s They all live hardscrabble lives trying to get by in a town where the resources are dwindling As the old people die off, there are few young people to replace them Based on a real town, I understand Diamant s desire to create her own story of what happened to these people, to acknoledge that they lived and breathed and loved once upon a time And while most of the characters are somewhat interesting, she doesn t light on any one long enough for the reader to really invest in them Eventually everyone leaves Dogtown in one way or the other, which the reader knew would happen from the beginning In the end I had just one thought, who cares Despite the fact that I m already reading several other books, those books seem to be lingering in the OK, but not so compelling category so I decided to pick this one up Pretty pungent opening scene.Moving along as one G reads reviewer complained, this is NOT a happy tale It s about throwaway people in the early mid 19th century Not as long ago as people like to think My paternal grandmother was born in 1886 and I knew her about as well as a little kid and teenager can know an old person She must have had the same relationship as a kid to people from that pre Civil War era The town I live in, Phippsburg, Maine, once had its own Dogtown It was on a small island just yards away from the mainland called Malaga The settlers there were very poor, multi racial, and lived hand to mouth into the early 20th century They were forcibly removed and scattered to make way for a resort development that never happened Some wound up in the State Home for the Feeble Minded, where they died out There s an excellent Y A award winning novel that deals with the events called Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy One occasionally sees feature articles about this in the local papers A shameful chapter in Maine s history is usually the theme of those articles Indeed A quibble the author finds it necessary to include some technical intimate details about the lovemaking history of two of the characters This seems out of place in a book set in the early 19th century She could have said all of what needed to be said in general terms appropriate to the setting.This book is a portrait of a time and place and as such has almost no plot Still, it s pretty well done NOT great literature, but compelling enough to read.Well, I need to finish ONE of the too many books I m supposedly reading right now and it looks like it ll be this one Pretty good so far as the author shuffles along, moving from character to character and building her snapshot of Dogtown in the early 19th century One does wonder if the sort of modern ish way these lives are presented i.e they look, act and talk a lot like us is creating an accurate picture of life and lives almost 200 years ago As Vicki Lawrence Momma on the The Carol Burnett Show once famously declared How the hell should I know Finished last night with this enjoyable slice of life story about the lives of a bunch of folks on the underside of life in early 19th c coastal Massachusetts It reminded me of The Meadow, another wandering tale focused on the people who inhabit a particular patch of territory over the years I d love to give it a 4 rating, and if G reads gave us six stars to work with that would make it easy But we only get five and 4 is a bit too many Not sure if it was a typo or intentional, but we say pollock, not pollack round these parts It s a type of fish 3.5 rounds down to 3 BTW, Dogtown in Gloucester can be visited Not much there these days. This is NO Red Tent I spent the first half really wanting it to be about someone in particular, and I guess it sort of did come full circle through all the characters in the end, but what it really was about was Dogtown itself The title says that, but I guess I kept wanting to identify with someone in particular and it never happened Just about the time I warmed up to one character the story shifted it s focus to someone else The book was ABOUT Dogtown, but it s voice was through Dogtown s characters and it came across like a series of related vignettes, which I guess is okay, but it wasn t what I was expecting I guess I really wanted to identify with a particular someone and never really could because the time period and characters shifted constantly.And goodness gracious How SAD This book is full of regrets and missed opportunities and guilt and poor circumstances Definitely not any sort of fortifying read at all I really looked forward to loving this when I picked it up, but no. I can t say I enjoyed this book The characters live such difficult lives I find it hard to read books about the down trodden, especially if they are abused, physically or emotionally And emotional and physical abuse, discrimination, and cruelty abound in this book I just want to bury my head in the sand, and not be reminded that people like John Stanwood are allowed to exist.I find myself torn between giving this 4 stars, because the author does a good job of portraying their sad lives, or 2 stars, because I really didn t enjoy the book So I m settling for 3 stars.And yet, there are characters to rise above their circumstances to exhibit friendship, caring and bountiful kindness The relationships of these lonely people, living their hard scrabble lives in the dying community of Dogtown are encouraging.Even the strongest characters in the book Easter Carter, Judy Rhines, Cornelius Finson, Black Ruth, Oliver Younger face periods of desperation In this way, the characters are real. Anita Diamant is on the honour roll for character development I don t know that I ve read a book before that had so many richly developed characters Each one of the Dogtown residents had multi layers of personality, motives, and viewpoints Even the dogs and the town were characterized.Anita Diamant s story was inspired by an article she read about the ghost town in Cape Ann, Massachusetts I went online to see if there was such a place There was indeed a town named Dogtown and legends about Judy Rhines, Tammy Younger, and Cornelius Black Neil.Each chapter was like a vignette showcasing individual characters and their circumstances By the end of the book, as the last resident of Dogtown was moved to the workhouse, Diamant had tied them all together as a cohesive story about the trials and tribulations of the town that was known as Dogtown.This was an audiobook narrated by Kate Mulligan who did a wonderful job in giving a voice to each character. "/>
  • Audio
  • 6 pages
  • The Last Days of Dogtown
  • Anita Diamant
  • English
  • 15 April 2019
  • 9780743550970