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  • Published: 1 December 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409059240
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 160

The Dog Allusion

Gods, Pets and How to be Human




A funny and insightful book about what our attitudes to dogs and deities can tell us about ourselves, by rapier wit and celebrated cartoonist, Martin Rowson.

'As with dogs, so with gods - by and large, you should blame the owners.'

A particular trait, common to all human civilisations, is the worship of non-human entities with followings of devotees who claim that their reverence can transport them to transcendental heights of complete and unfettered love.

Do we mean God? No - we mean Dog. Dogs and other pets we've been keeping and loving since we began walking on two feet. But why do we love God - and pets - so much when their capriciousness sometimes suggests that they don't love us back?

In this wise, witty and highly topical book, celebrated cartoonist and novelist Martin Rowson argues that rationally, the whole enterprise of religion is a monumental and faintly ridiculous waste of time and money. But then again, so is pet-keeping.

  • Published: 1 December 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409059240
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 160

About the author

Martin Rowson

Martin Rowson is an award-winning political cartoonist whose work appears regularly in the Guardian, the Independent, the Daily Mirror, the Scotsman, Tribune, Index on Censorship and Granta. His previous publications include comic-book adaptations of The Waste Land and Tristram Shandy, as well as Gimson's Kings & Queens by Andrew Gimson. His first novel, Snatches, was published by Cape in 2006.

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Praise for The Dog Allusion

An erudite, entertaining, informative and sometimes spectacularly rude rant

New Scientist

Cheeky [and] irreverent

Scotland on Sunday

He is a sensitive writer, capable of great subtlety

Guardian

Learned, intelligent, outrageous, fruitful and funny

Tribune

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