Dogwalker

Arthur Bradford

the unsettling thing about this book is that the first-person narrators to these twelve stories could all be the same person but aren’t; they all have this innocence and nonchalance at surreal events that is intended to be humorous. it kind of reminds me of Pastoralia by George Saunders in some ways.

most of these stories involve dogs, except the one with the giant slug and the one where the narrator steals a blind guy’s car to drive south for the winter and a couple other short ones. the longer stories have the dogs and many of them are deformed in some way.

there are interesting things going on here, but i feel like it’s not quite my sense of humor and i am missing what other people would enjoy in this collection.