The Mistresss Dog: Short Stories 1996–2010


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Great review today, Nana! Interesting story, though I can't come to terms with Nola's long suffering acceptance of the affair, not to talk about her 'humility' in accepting to care for the Mistress' dog.

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Does her husband measure her worth in terms of a dog? I could be wrong. I was shocked by Nola's timorousness.

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I think perhaps it's the financial security the man provides and the ability to move within a certain class of people. Regardless, at the point when the man needed him to survive she could still have refused taking in the dog.

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Or perhaps she took in the dog just to 'spit on the Mistress's grave' because as it turned out even the dog outlived the once 'fresh' mistress. I guess when the issue of the dog came, the man still considered the feelings of the mistress and not that of the wife, Nola.

As to him measuring her wife's worth in terms of the dog, I think it might not be so. Because he broke off with the mistress for a long time before he retired and went to live with the wife alone.

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I guess it was a sense 'caring' that made him do that, even if at the expense of the wife. Frankly, I think the story could have been better written. The Caine Prize shortlist was a bit weak. But hey, I'm not a judge! I was about to say that. It's a characteristic of all the shortlist I've read like What Molly Knew. Yet, we aren't allowed to say it lest we be attacked by individuals who think they can do a better analyses and understand the story more.

Glad to hear you finally really liked one of the Caine stories. It seems rare :.

Yet you read Kinna's comment. You definitely might not like this regarding the passivity of the Nolan, a woman who had been hurt and cheated upon and finally been given the mistress's dog to look after. Except that she thought she had avenged them her husband and the Mistress by outliving both.

I liked it because at least it deviated from the norm that has become the shortlist. Help Improve the Blog with a Comment. Monday, January 16, However, it was first published in The Mistress's Dog and other stories - The dog had outlived its owner, The Mistress, and was now in the care of Nola.

Now living in a small bedsit in a retirement home — her small life having precluded her affording a larger cottage — she soon befriends Gwen, who can and does afford a large cottage and soon Stella is manipulated into a friendship with this newcomer. A newcomer whom no one else is comfortable befriending. Yet Stella makes excuses for this, even as her isolation in the home grows and her friendship with Gwen assumes largeness.

The Mistress's Dog: Short Stories 1996-2010

This is one of the most powerful stories in the collection, a story that thrums with the effects of a life lived on the margins, a small, too-small life, and the excoriating effects of that existence. In other stories relationships also form a centre focus and are dissected with needlepoints of finesse. Sue is bringing Sello, the child she and Glenda adopted, to meet the grandmother he has not seen. In Toothless Tiger we again witness a triangle of relationships: a father, his divorced daughter and her son are on holiday in the Kruger National Park.

Tensions come to the fore, and the secret of cancer will eventually be forced into the open. In Friendly Fire, a long ago childhood incident in the lives of two sisters, Pam and Linda, forms the spine of their continuing ways of relating to each other.

The Mistresss Dog: Short Stories 1996–2010 The Mistresss Dog: Short Stories 1996–2010
The Mistresss Dog: Short Stories 1996–2010 The Mistresss Dog: Short Stories 1996–2010
The Mistresss Dog: Short Stories 1996–2010 The Mistresss Dog: Short Stories 1996–2010
The Mistresss Dog: Short Stories 1996–2010 The Mistresss Dog: Short Stories 1996–2010
The Mistresss Dog: Short Stories 1996–2010 The Mistresss Dog: Short Stories 1996–2010
The Mistresss Dog: Short Stories 1996–2010 The Mistresss Dog: Short Stories 1996–2010
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