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Enter Latchmer, falling. An innocent abroad in New York City, he has a lot of problems: an anonymous job with Xerox; a childhood that vaguely troubles him; a hot date tonight with lascivious, one-handed Sarah Hughes. Then fate deals Latchmer a joker in the deck, and all his problems come down, apparently, to this: how to get rid of a dead dog. As Latchmer hits the night-tiEnter Latchmer, falling. An innocent abroad in New York City, he has a lot of problems: an anonymous job with Xerox; a childhood that vaguely troubles him; a hot date tonight with lascivious, one-handed Sarah Hughes. Then fate deals Latchmer a joker in the deck, and all his problems come down, apparently, to this: how to get rid of a dead dog. As Latchmer hits the night-time streets, his burden double-bagged in Hefties, little does he know what an incredible journey awaits him.It is an odyssey through hell and hilarity, guided by one Jean-Claude, a philosophically reckless Haitian cab driver who believes, quite rightly , that dogs have a far higher purpose in death than to enrich the soil. As his strange adventure unfolds, Latchmer suffers from a guilty and guileless compulsion to tell curious tales of betrayal. In the end, having sought to bury his shaggy charge in Central Park (all other options having proved unavailing), he finds himself face to face with his own unburied past....

Title : Cold Dog Soup
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ISBN : 9780140121551
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 240 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Cold Dog Soup Reviews

  • Melki
    2018-12-04 22:07

    It had been a strange day . . .And the evening was going to be even stranger.When Michael Latchmer makes a date with a weird one-handed woman, not even a sinister message written in the sky can warn him of the horrors and wonders the coming night will hold. And it all starts when he meets Jasper, an elderly red dog who loves anchovies and olives. What follows is a wacky nocturnal journey through the Big Apple's wormy underbelly. Freaks, weirdos and misfits will gather to offer advice and criticism as Latchmer tries to complete his quest. (Watch out for the transvestite selling vibrators in the shapes of famous writers!)This was an okay read; more mildly amusing than laugh-out-loud funny. I was all set to assign three stars, but the last few paragraphs were rather sweet and really warmed my heart. I've got a few lines that I'd like to share, and even though they are in no way spoilers, I'll hide them to keep the whiners quiet:(view spoiler)[Latchmer hurried toward the entrance of the subway. The stairs were littered with bits of paper, cigarette butts, and a couple of beer bottles. He ran down them, his heels clicking on the cement. He could feel Jasper running inside him, as if running through a field of tall grassHe was so happy that he felt like barking. (hide spoiler)]Dog lovers should be warned - as you might surmise from the title - nothing good happens to any of the pooches in this book!

  • Splinker
    2018-12-02 21:20

    I read this little gem years ago. A bizarre comedy that reminded me a lot of the movie "After Hours." The things some guys will do to get laid! If you've ever found yourself wandering around the big city in the small hours, wondering what the hell was going on, this book is for you.I read it probably 20 years ago and I still think about it.Here's something weird. The book isselling for almost two hundred dollars new!

  • Scot
    2018-11-10 21:07

    An odd little book from the 80's--not for the faint of heart, those that find dark humor disturbing, or anyone who has recently mourned the passing of a beloved pet. As a whole, I'm not so sure this work holds together as well as one might expect, but the momentary flashes of poetic vision--sometimes sorrow, sometimes loneliness, sometimes innocence, sometimes hope--can be stunning, and the story moves on the border between the mundane and the surreal often enough to keep you surprised, as anything can and very well might happen next.The overall storyline is not new--some pilgrim or lost soul sets out on an unexpected journey that lasts an entire night, and takes us along, vicariously, to experience underbellies of the urban world we never knew existed. Allusions to Dante's descent into Hell crop up, but this is absurdist humor, too, so it doesn't linger on the profound too much, which is perhaps the more effective path to take. Our protagonist, Michael Latchmer, starts out tripping at the door on his way into a blind date's apartment for dinner in Manhattan, and finds himself soon enough with a large dead dog named Jasper in the back seat of a taxi driven by a crazy Haitian, his mission: to bury poor Jasper. Through the incredible journey he delivers a gift of gab, but he mostly seems to create tales that crush the spirits of his audiences, though diverse they surely be. Throughout the night he slowly recalls more and more about a series of events he experienced as a child, first confronting death, adultery, secret promises, and betrayal--but this doesn't slow down the pace of the careening taxi, nor of the novel.

  • Eric Robinson
    2018-12-04 16:03

    This quirky little book was recommended to me by one of my favorite authors (Jonathan Carroll), and I'm really glad I took the time to hunt it down. It's been out of print for a while now, but I was able to order a copy off Amazon.This story starts off reasonably enough with the main character going over to dinner at a woman's house whom he met at gym. There he meets the woman's mother and her dog. At this point, the book veers wildly away from normal and heads toward the absurd. But this absurdity would surely make Kierkegaard or Camus smile. I will not say more about the story, because to say more would be to ruin the joy of reading it.My only complaint is that book is over too soon.I really, really liked this book and I wholeheartedly recommend it.

  • David
    2018-12-10 20:15

    A bizzarre black comedy, enjoyed it thoroughly, nothing like anything I have read before.

  • Doug H
    2018-11-14 21:27

    With its late night/early morning NYC setting and compounding series of misadventures, it reminded me of the Scorsese film 'After Hours'. Dark, witty, and very well written. Highly recommended.

  • Anne
    2018-11-29 18:21

    This is one of my very favorite books. I need to re-read, because I can't remember why.

  • Carli Malcolm
    2018-11-19 21:24

    I read this book by accident when my mother passed away and it was in her collection of novels. So very very glad I read it. Whilst I loved it I realise it certainly wouldn't be for everyone. I can't rave about it the way I'd like to, most people won't find it as funny and weirdly enjoyable read like I did.

  • Bill
    2018-11-28 22:03

    I picked up this book after reading The Burn Palace, which I really enjoyed. This book was very different, somewhat reminiscent of Jonathan Carroll. There was a lot to like, especially with the surreal NYC settings and dark humor (reading it in a restaurant by myself, I laughed out loud and garnered a fair amount of attention), but ultimately I didn't really get into it.

  • Sacapsie
    2018-11-30 20:28

    The middle-of-the-night NYC adventure parts were okay, but the rest of this book alternates unfunny cruelty with interminable tedium and wackadoo attempts at whimsy. One of the longest 200-page books I ever read.

  • Jim
    2018-12-01 16:28

    Absurd, dark-humored and stream-of-conscience. Never read anything so bizare told from a calm narrator. Somewhat reminiscent of a Pirandello play.

  • Kezzm
    2018-12-10 17:11

    Very funny book. Totally different theme to any other I have read.