The Dog Hardcover – 31 Jul 2014
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‘I’m in love with this book … It’s superbly written and very very funny and also very true’ David Aaronovitch
‘On page after page, O'Neill can still dazzle as a compellingly intelligent writer. Everywhere you look, there's a shimmering portrait of modernity waiting to be glimpsed … [An] ambitious, lucidly thought-through novel’ Guardian
‘Our only truly international writer … Breathtaking … O'Neill's writing reflects the individual's concerns in our desolate modern world in prose that is illuminating, amusing, sometimes beautiful, but never showy … A joy to read … Supremely insightful and intelligent … You can open the book anywhere and find sparkling sentences that perfectly describe what is momentarily in focus … Original and brilliant’ Irish Independent
‘O’Neill has become a writer extraordinarily attuned to the global and the post-national … Like “Netherland”, THE DOG has captured the zeitgeist … This is where O’Neill feels at home: telling the stories of those who cease to belong’ Telegraph
‘Sharp, sad and sometimes hilarious, this is a fable for our times’ Daily Mail
‘A mercilessly absurd portrait of the city’s wealthy residents … Our narrator is like Woody Allen trapped inside a Kafka novel … Brilliant … One of the wittiest critiques of modern, materialistic life that you’ll read for a long while’ The Times
‘The best comic novel I’ve read for ages’ The Scotsman
‘Enraged, brutal, witty and at times brilliant’ Sunday Times
‘Erudite and deliciously comic … like a mix of Martin Amis and Thomas Bernhard …With consummate elegance, THE DOG turns in on itself in imitation of the dreadful circling and futility of consciousness itself … Its wit and brio keeps us more temporarily alive than we usually allow ourselves to be’ New York Times Book Review
‘A mordantly funny and, surprisingly for these times, deeply moral tale of lost love and economic betrayal’ John Banville, Observer, Books of the Year
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A funny and wholly original work of international literature, 'The Dog' is led by a brilliantly entertaining anti-hero. Imprisoned by his endless powers of reasoning, hemmed in by the ethical demands of globalized life, he is fatefully drawn towards the only logical response to our confounding epoch. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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So, here's an example of one needlessly wordy sentence: " I felt ashamed, specifically ashamed, that is, which is to say, filled with shame additional to the general ignominy that is the corollary of insight, i.e., the ignominy of having thus far lived in error, of having failed, until the moment of so-called insight, to understand what could have been understood earlier, an ignominy only deepened by prospective shame, because the moment of insight serves as a reminder that more such moments lie ahead, and that one always goes forward in error."
What pleasure is there in reading such knotted writing?
On the multi-bracket front, a number of sentences had as many as six brackets within brackets. Many words produced 'no definition' in my Kindle dictionary search and the insertion of many French phrases, without translation, was irritating. Some pages were just lists, even a list of e mails that the narrator would like to send to his boss, but never did. Then there was the section about what sort of pornography our hero liked to 'jerk-off' to.
The characters were all unlikable, almost without exception - Ali, the man-of-all-trades was the only one I had any empathy for.
The one redeeming factor was the naming of the fictional tower blocks where the narrator lived - he resides in the area of Privilege Bay, in The Situation, alongside The Statement and The Aspiration, and overlooking Astrominium, which is due to be over half a kilometer in height. These cleverly named blocks promised insights that never materialised.
And what about the Ted Wilson plot line? A fellow diver who seems to have disappeared, leaving behind two wives. This is never resolved, or maybe it's just a warning that the ending of this novel is going to be just as much of a damp squid?
I don't usually slander a book as much as this one, but I found so little to enjoy that I wonder that I actually finished it. A lot of it I skimmed, which I very rarely do.
If you are planning to visit Dubai and would like to read an appropriate book for your travels, please give this one a miss. I am currently reading, and very much enjoying another book based in Dubai, Beyond Dubai by David Millar. This is a book with subtle humour and a wry look at Dubai, but it also looks into the distant past of the Emirates and the people who lived here thousands of years ago, through the archaeology they have left behind them.
I enjoyed the pace and brio of the endless ruminations which absolutely illustrated the misery he was mired in and how trapped he felt.Not that I would have liked it to go on much longer mind you but it is a piece of virtuoso writing and as such deserves praise .A stopover in Dubai convinced me it was a place I would never return to and this has reinforced that view.
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