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One Dog Man
by Ahmad Kamal
Binding: Paperback, 220 pages
Publisher: Lundberg Press
Weight: 0.65 pound
Dimension: H: 0.7 x L: 8.5 x W: 5.4 inches
ISBN 10: 1406741981
ISBN 13: 9781406741988
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n AHMAD KAMAL Random House New Tork COF fcl6inVI950, BY AHMAD KAMAL f First Printing ALL RIGHTS RESERVED UNDER INTERNATIONAL AND PAN AMERICAN COPYRIGHT CONVENTIONS PUBLISHED IN NEW YORK BY RANDOM HOUSE, INC., AND SIMULTANEOUSLY IN TORONTO, CANADA, BY RANDOM HOUSE OF CANADA, LIMITED MANUFACTURED IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA BY KINGSPORT PRESS, INC., KINGSPORT, TENNESSEE A. B. Tura, this is for you MY NEWBORN DAUGHTER. GROW IN THE IMAGE OF AMINA, YOUR MOTHER. BECOME EQUALLY DESIRABLE AND MAKE SOMEONE, SOMEDAY, EQUALLY BLESSED... CONTENTS PAGE 1. Half Pound Pup 3 2. Soap . . . . . . . . . . 8 3. Wipazhazha . . . . . . . . 5 4. Adding Machines . . . . . . 9 3. Spring . . . . . . . . . . 35 6. Paderewski . . . . . . . . 36 7. The Saturday Evening Post . . . . 52 8. Money . . . . . . . . . . 70 9. Crime Wave . . . . . . . . 80 10. Drat . . 89 11. Randolph 106 12. Beauty and the Beast .. .. . . 137 13. The End of Youth 162 14. Desperation .. .. .. .. 183 15. Runaway . . 188 16. Love 06 17. For Ever and Ever, Amen . . . . 08 vii ONE DOG MAN Jfalf Pouncf Pup JUST the other day a friend gave us a pup a runt with short legs and champion ancestors and more courage than sense. He wasnt short on sense just long on courage. I wasnt home when he arrived. He met me. The front door was open. I stopped the car and got out. A square pup staggered out of the house and sneered at me. I put a foot on the grass and he fell off the steps and started for me, hair erect all down his spine, ears laid back a half pound of dog in a towering rage. The half pound had gotten hold of my trouser cuff and was knocking himself out trying to rip it off when Amina came out. Shes a pretty girl. Weve been married going on nine years. She laughed. I asked her. Whose is he Ours . . . 3 ONE DOG MAN Ours I asked. How come Whered we get him Oswald and Oxana brought him over. Theyd promised me a pup from the next litter. There he is. Hell grow He was still fighting my trouser cuff. It was his grass he defended. I bent down, put one hand under him, disen gaged his teeth with the other, and picked him up. He used his milk teeth on my finger. The finger didnt come off and it didnt fight back. The pup stopped struggling and took a look at me. We studied each other while I went on into the house. His hair rose as I kissed Amina. I sat down and put him in front of me on my knee. He squared off, took a long sidewise look at me, sneered, and charged. He charged over my leg, across my lap, and up the front of me. Then, unable to advance farther, he lunged at my necktie. Dan gling, he uttered horrid little roars and shook like fury. I couldnt help but like him, square body and all. In the next couple of days we saw a lot of each other. He got so that he let me alone and charged others. He charged the neighbors cat. She didnt take him seriously but she walloped him across the nose, just to give him a taste of what she could do. He stopped, backed away, sat down, groaned, licked the blood off his nose, and attacked again. The cat hit him again, harder, arching, outraged. Amina yelled to get him before the cat killed him, or blinded him, or something He fought through and got her by the leg. Furious, she


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