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5.0 out of 5 stars A minor or even not-so-minor classic.
The fact that this book was ever allowed to go out of print is a disgrace -- thank goodness it is finally being reprinted. As a dissection of the English class system, as a "gay novel," as simply a piece of literature, it is one of the most brilliant and poignant and subtle and funny works of the late 20th century. This is the sort of elegantly written, in...
Published on 8 July 1999

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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I had been led to believe it was a great, funny novel about people and their dogs; instead it was an unfunny, strained, unpleasant novel about people being horrid to dogs. I could see the writer had talent, but I disliked it and gave it to a charity shop within days.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A minor or even not-so-minor classic., 8 July 1999
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The fact that this book was ever allowed to go out of print is a disgrace -- thank goodness it is finally being reprinted. As a dissection of the English class system, as a "gay novel," as simply a piece of literature, it is one of the most brilliant and poignant and subtle and funny works of the late 20th century. This is the sort of elegantly written, in some ways understated book that gets called "a minor classic," but judging from the way it lingers in the mind, from the way it discombobulates one's thinking on any number of subjects (including the afore-mentioned class system and homosexuality), it may not be a minor classic but just a classic, period.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun, 3 Feb 2013
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Captures the small daily jealouises and slights we all imagine and sometimes intend perfectly. A great read even for non-dog lovers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 'a fairy story for adults', 8 Jan 2013
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Absolute gem of a book set in London just after World War 2.
Middle class Frank is visiting his lover, Johnny, as he begins a year in prison. From the start we feel Frank is being used; he ends up helping out Johnny's unpleasant wife and children. As he visits Johnny's parents, he begins to get concerned about his friend's dog, Evie, which has been billetted on them, along with one of the children. The tension in the book as he tries to get custody of the poor animal which is kept inside for weeks at a time and beaten becomes almost unbearable. Although members of the family often utter the refrain 'we think the world of her', Johnny later observes:

'She guessed, as I now did, what that world amounted to, and that what he had just done for us...was the most she would ever get, and that she could not count even on that.'

A quick read (155 pages) but absolutely unputdownable.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 11 Aug 2014
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I had been led to believe it was a great, funny novel about people and their dogs; instead it was an unfunny, strained, unpleasant novel about people being horrid to dogs. I could see the writer had talent, but I disliked it and gave it to a charity shop within days.
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