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The Last Days of Dogtown: A Novel (Unabridged)

by Anita Diamant

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Set on Cape Ann in the early 1800s, The Last Days of Dogtown is peopled by widows, orphans, spinsters, scoundrels, whores, free Africans, and "witches". Nearly a decade ago, Diamant found an account of an abandoned rural backwater near the Massachusetts coastline at the turn of the nineteenth century. That pamphlet inspired a stunning novel about a small group of eccentrics and misfits, struggling in a harsh, isolated landscape only fifty miles north of Boston, yet a world away. Among the inhabitants of Dogtown are 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 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 more generous and tolerant themselves.

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I really, really liked this book. In fact, I love this book. I have not "read" it. I've listened to it on CD -- twice now. It has interesting characters, and you feel like you are right there watching them live their lives. I ESPECIALLY loved the narration by Ms. Nelligan. Her wonderful delivery plus the beautiful language of Ms. Diamant made me very sad with the end of the book.

The last days of dogtown

I just couldn't get into this book, tried several times, but, no! Did not hold my interest. Story line?

Anita Diamant, The Last Days of Dogtown: A Novel (Unabridged)
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  • Narrator: Kate Nelligan
  • Published: 2005
  • Category: Fiction
  • Provider: Simon & Schuster Audio
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