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LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2014

SHORTLISTED FOR THE BOLINGER EVERYMAN WODEHOUSE PRIZE FOR COMIC FICTION

The first novel from Joseph O’Neill since NETHERLAND.

‘O’Neill, in this book, has come of age as a novelist … a comic masterpiece … as mordantly funny as the best of stand-up comedy … Superb’ John Banville, New York Review of Books

In 2007, a New York attorney bumps into an old college buddy – and accepts his friend’s offer of a job in Dubai, as the overseer of an enormous family fortune. Haunted by the collapse of his relationship and hoping for a fresh start, our strange hero begins to suspect that he has exchanged one inferno for another.

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.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1292 KB
  • Print Length: 257 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0007275749
  • Publisher: Fourth Estate (25 July 2014)
  • Sold by:  Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00J1XSFM2
  • Text-to-Speech: Not enabled
  • X-Ray: Enabled
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

Customer Reviews

This is a terrific book. I have read quite slowly

2 people found this helpful.
 on 11 September 2015
By Anna McKay
This is a terrific book. I have read quite slowly, over a few days. I thought it stunning all the way through, and having ended it, with a perspective on the whole, am even more impressed. At the same time, the criticisms expressed in the one and two star reviews are largely accurate. There are some absurdly long sentences, full of sub-clauses and brackets. The narrator is not a role model. There is no happy ending or redemption. Strands of the story are left un finished. And, the long sentences are grammatical, well-constructed, a brilliant reflexion of the way the fictional narrator thinks. If you have ever had to plough through an American commercial contract, you may reflect that this was a man suited to and formed by his occupation. It is, I think, a courageous work, rigorously and uncomfortably observed. Buy it with care. I’d love it to be compulsory reading for every corporate lawyer accountant and banker – and for each to have to analyse and review their own imprint on the world.

A withering critique of the materialistic / oligarchical lifestyle

One person found this helpful.
 on 25 November 2014
By meg keir
Strange as it might seem to some other reviewers I actually quite liked the poor Dog : I certainly pitied him in the hole which he could have foreseen , after his abortive trip to London for the interview for the job in Dubai. We are actually never told how he came to be there eventually.

Empty lives but a wonderful book

10 people found this helpful.
 on 27 July 2014
By Helen
This was my first foray into Joseph O’Neill’s writing and I really enjoyed it. I found myself rooting in the extreme for the ‘hero’, a middle-aged attorney working for an unbelievably wealthy family in Dubai. Having personally experienced expat-dom, although admittedly not in the Middle East, I can say that O’Neill has perfectly captured the excesses of such a lifestyle. Although there are many moments when the protagonist (whose real name inexplicably seems to be X. – perhaps I should have read that part more slowly) is unlikeable and obnoxious, there are equally many where he comes across as someone trying to do the right thing. In that sense, he’s very much like a real person: terribly flawed but not actually evil. Indeed there are times when his social commentary, particularly in relation to the different levels of society and wealth, are not only brutally honest but also brutally insightful.

This is better than Netherland

One person found this helpful.
 on 15 September 2014
By terence dooley
This is better than Netherland. A comfortless comedy that hits many of its targets and an excellent read.

Loved every sentence – a masterpiece

 on 7 October 2014
By Felis
This is very different from Netherland, the only other work by the writer which I am familiar with. It is unusual and certainly not for everyone. I suspect many who reviewed negatively had expected something similar to that well-known novel, which read easily, and so are disappointed. The Dog is a monologue, almost a stream of consciousness. There is no action to speak of other than recalled by the narrator. It is crafted to perfection, frequently very funny and often very sad, insightful to the point of deserving its own website or Facebook page of profound quotes. It addresses some questions about the purpose of our existence and the reasons for our actions. It also exposes Dubai but probably not in the way some readers hoped for. It is a literary novel and not an airport read.

Unmissable.

One person found this helpful.
 on 10 September 2015
By T.Sweeney
Seriously funny, and at times painfully realistic, The Dog is a wonderful drowning in ourpost-post-modern nightmare; a devil’s guide to the banality and depersonalisation of the of the world we have somehow come to believe is progressn. Better than Netherland, this is one of the most singular novels I have ever read, as if Balzac was channelling Foster Wallace.
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