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  • Audio CD: 127 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Audiobooks; Unabridged edition (4 Oct 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1856867552
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856867559
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 10 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,875,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Louis de Bernières is the best-selling author of Captain Corelli's Mandolin, which won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, Best Book in 1995. His most recent novels are Birds Without Wings and A Partisan's Daughter and a collection of stories Notwithstanding.

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Readers familiar with the epic sweep of Louis de Bernières' previous novels, and especially his phenomenally successful Captain Corelli's Mandolin, might be shocked by this small volume of (literally) shaggy dog stories. But those who have enjoyed the humour of those same novels will appreciate this sleeker, slimline de Bernières.

In 1998, de Bernières visited the mining towns of Western Australia and stumbled across a bronze statue of Red Dog (1971-1979) outside Dampier. Inspired by this legendary canine, he made another visit, collecting the stories of his life and gently fictionalising them. We follow Red Dog, the itinerant, resourceful, if flatulent hero ("a real dag of a dog") as he seduces all who meet him at Hamersley Iron Transport. After his early residence with New Zealander John is cut short by John's untimely death, however, Red Dog undertakes "his greatest adventures" with "absolute liberty", criss-crossing the country with amazing ease, becoming the "Pilbara Wanderer, the Dog of the North-West, who belonged to everyone because he couldn't find the one he loved the most, and wouldn't settle for less".

Whether undermining the Hitlerian trailer-park managers, or hitch-hiking from Perth, Red Dog always comes up trumps. Dealing with his hero's inevitable decline, de Bernières manages to secure real empathy for the dog, without declining into mawkishness--perhaps because we all know a Red Dog, canine or otherwise. As one character points out: "Everyone's got a Red Dog story. Someone ought to write them down." Louis de Bernières thankfully has. --Alan Stewart --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"De Bernieres brilliantly evokes the red heat of Australian summers. Heat lifts off the pages: turning them is like opening furnace doors" (Spectator)

"When I finished the final chapter I immediately extended a sought-after invitation to my dog to spend the night on the bed" (Observer)

"Contains some of his best writing" (Sunday Times)

"It's a novel that will appeal to everyone whether they're dog-lovers or not." (Daily Express) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By taking a rest HALL OF FAME on 17 Dec 2002
Format: Paperback
Louis De Bernieres has written some marvelous literature. "Red Dog", is a wonderful true story about a dog that befriended a good portion of Australia, and has been memorialized with a bronze statue as well as other books. Faithful readers of this author will likely be disappointed if they expect another sweeping novel. This short story does not appear to have been planned, as it unfolds with crisp episodes in the remarkable life of this canine. It is extremely unusual in that the book has been illustrated with what appear to be etchings. Illustration has sadly become the domain of primarily very expensive, limited edition, and small press books.

This is not a child's book, perhaps for young readers in Junior High, but not for young children. This is a book about adults and how a remarkably charismatic canine changed their lives. This is not a fairly tale, it includes the realities of very trying circumstances and the people who pioneer the way in this extremely difficult environment. When it gets hot in the USA warnings suggest certain groups stay indoors. When it gets hot down under, warnings are issued for gas tanks that are prone to explode when exposed to the sun!

I think it is great that an author who has established himself as an accomplished literary writer would have the courage to step well away from what has worked for him repeatedly. I was reminded of some of John Steinbeck's work that centered on animals, both his own and fictional. If John Steinbeck can make the change I believe it is safe for other accomplished authors to explore unfamiliar genres, and they do not deserve to be punished for doing so. This is especially the case when the results are so worthwhile. I was going to give this 4 stars but I stepped it up to 5. The book was punished and I wanted to even out what is a brief but entering read.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Feb 2006
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This is the sort of book you should read on a rainy, Sunday afternoon, in front of a roaring fire, with a dog leaning against your legs. If, like me, you live in a titchy flat with central heating, it will make you feel as good as sitting by a roaring fire would. It's a heart-warming little gem of a comfort read.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gilly on 31 Aug 2006
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We always had mongrel dogs when I was growing up and this story is every mongrel and every Australian you have ever known. I read this book two years ago and I still reccomend it to every reader I know. Beautiful without being slushy. A book to curl up with with a glass of wine and the curtains shut against the winter night.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Ruth Pickvance on 27 Nov 2001
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Red Dog is utterly endearing and quite the best book in its simplicity that I have read for ages - and, I'm not easily impressed! Red Dog is a real character - it seems fitting that the book is set in NW Australia - the directness and simplicity of people's lives and the landscape mirrors Louis de Berniers' subject matter beautifully. It is the kind of book that can be for adults or children - either way, it's hard to have a dry eye by the end. Doesn't matter if you're a dog lover or not - it made me laugh and cry!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alexander Bryce TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Jan 2009
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This is about an amazing four legged free spirit ; a roving rascal owned by no one but loved by all, or nearly all ,who met him. In return for kindly giving him a lift he kindly leaves behind a disgusting fart with a look which says aren't you so very lucky that I shared that with you. " Tally Ho " epitomises that irreverent , mischievous but at the heart decent Aussie outlook on life. After reading this short, but worthwhile book I wish I had a dog to discuss these adventures with.
It is also about a way of life in the remotest parts of Western Australia.The rugged, red landscape becomes real and you can almost feel the blistering noonday heat.There is nothing for it ; I must go to Dampier to pay my respects to Red Dog !
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Herakles on 7 Nov 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is a slim A5 size book about a legendary dog in Western Australia.
It is a touching tale in which the author in his usual wonderful way, brings every character to life, especially the dog.
It's as much a story for children as is Peter and the Wolf and the Harry Potter's.
A particular essence of the Australian Outback is brillianty captured. No small feat for a foreigner. But this foreigner is an expert story teller.
It's sad and funny, it's thought-provoking and entertaining. And it's rightly enjoying huge sales.
But for those who judge de Bernieres solely on his Corelli book (or worse that film!) and who haven't read his others, should avoid this one at all costs.
For people who love a good read, this book will not disappoint. But expect to cry at the end of it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By eagleeye on 18 Nov 2002
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I have to admit to buying this purely on the basis of reading his more famous (and excellent) book Captain Corelli's Mandolin. This is a short story in comparison and maybe the better for it as you can knock it off within an hour or two. It tells the ‘true’ story of a dog that lived in the Australian outback as recounted by various people whose lives it touched. At times funny, sometimes sad it makes for a wonderful tale about the bonds of friendship between man and dog as well as communities uniting in a common cause.
A book you will be glad you read.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By jackieg1 on 22 Jan 2005
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Written by the literary author Louis de Bernieres this slim volume details the life of the Australian canine Red Dog.
Each short chapter details an escapade in the life of Red Dog who sets about befriending much of the Australian population. As a result there is a bronze statue in Dampier commemorating him.
It must be said that this is not a book aimed at young children. Whilst there are many funny anecdotes, it details the responsibilities of dog ownership which could sadden a younger reader.
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