|Plot Summary of The Butcher's Dog|
|"This is the retelling of true events.
Set in the Russian Revolution the tale is as much about personal survival as it is war.
Mikhail is orphaned in Moscow so takes to the road to escape the guns. Farmers Ivan and Anna rescue him. He grows up, falls in love with Anna and makes love to her. There is a fierce fight where Mikhail kills her husband, Ivan. Mikhail takes to the road again eventually arriving in Canada where he becomes a rum-running pirate between Victoria and Seattle. The time is during prohibition.
There is an old Russian fable about a dog that is slaughtered by starving villagers who think that the butcher is keeping food from them. Ivan is left dying in the woods just like the butcher's dog. The image haunts Mikhail for the rest of his life as he tries to find Anna."
Eliza Hemingway, Resident Scholar
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|Review Analysis of The Butcher's Dog|
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Tone of book?
Time/era of story
Kind of romance:
- GENERAL--no other subplots apply
- love triangle/polygon
Inside culture (main char)
- immigrant story
Kind of living:
- general poverty story
- Being oppressed by outside culture
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
War/Revolt/Disaster on civilians
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Smarter than most other characters
- bulging muscles
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- throughout most of the book.
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 5 ()
- sail boat
- fancy mansion
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- descript of kissing
- touching of anatomy
- descript. of female anat. (the big B's)
- a lot of flashback and forwards
- a lot of stream of consciousness
Amount of dialog
- significantly more descript than dialog
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