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Futuristic Shangri la he struggles with his new position as the “family officer” of the capricious and very rich Batros family And he struggles even helplessly with the “doghouse” a seemingly inescapable condition of culpability in which he feels himself constantly trapped even if he’s just going to the bathroom or reading e mail or scuba diving A Joseph O Neill s The Dog arrives trailing clouds of glory from his previous novel Netherland which was longlisted for the Booker Prize won the 2009 PENFaulkner Award and managed to make cricket cool in America Set in the aftermath of Sept 11 Netherland told the story of a depressed financial analyst estranged from his wife but that plot was garnish than meal What the book really offered was O Neill s reflections on New York relationships ambition and especially cricket all spun in sentences so clever that the destination hardly matteredSachin Tendulkar one of the greatest player

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The author of the best selling and award winning Netherland now gives us his eagerly awaited stunningly different new novel a tale of alienation and heartbreak in Dubai Distraught by a breakup with his long term girlfriend our unnamed hero leaves New York to take an unusual job in a strange desert metropolis In Dubai at the height of its self invention as a 45 A very interesting book And not at all what I expected from Joseph O Neill whom I d taken for American fiction s Mr Boring on the strength of Zadie Smith s famous essay Two Paths for the Novel even if the piece s essential idea did seem over simplified Some paragraphs in The Dog must count as Lyrical Realism but almost none of this book is blah litfic the gut response via which I usually label Lyrical Realism O Neill isn t uite what he seems either says an article the longlist contains so many white men white people generally He s actually half Turkish and if his name were too he would probably be classi

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Comic and philosophically profound exploration of what has become of humankind’s moral progress The Dog is told with Joseph O’Neill’s hallmark elouence empathy and storytelling mastery It is a brilliantly original achingly funny fable for our globalized timesA NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOKLONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2014 PWs Best of the Year 201 Never written a review this early into a book but the writing is absolutely eye watering I ve never read a literary writer whose prose looks so much like programming language and by that I mean lots and lots of nesting statements This is not a good thing When he s not nesting statements he s ualifying things that don t need to be ualified Or bludgeoning you with awkward similes Is there some kind of symbolism to this Some kind of awful writing device I don t know I haven t read that far He s also a fan of the run on sentence where sometimes an entire page is just one long sentence Here is the opening senten


10 thoughts on “The Dog author Joseph O'Neill

  1. says:

    We never learn the real name of the narrator in Joseph O’Neill’s new novel but we do learn that his professional name begins with the letter X He won’t reveal his given name under pain of humiliation X thinks of himself with a little help from his former lover as “the dog” as in “it appears I’m in t

  2. says:

    First I have to admire O'Neil for taking uite a risk after his successful and engaging novel NETHERLAND which not only put

  3. says:

    45 A very interesting book And not at all what I expected from Joseph O'Neill whom I'd taken for American fiction's Mr Boring on the strength of Zadie Smith's famous essay Two Paths for the Novel even if the piece's essential idea d

  4. says:

    Joseph O’Neill’s “The Dog” arrives trailing clouds of glory from his previous novel “Netherland” which was longlisted for the Booker Prize won the 2009 PENFaulkner Award and managed to make cricket cool in America Set in the afterm

  5. says:

    I see that one reviewer has already described this book as too smart for most people so there in a nutshell you have it One the one hand it is a breathtaking analysis of the Gulf States coupled with a masterly exploration of the themes of displacement alienation and the uintessence of No whereNo one A re Kafkaization of the post modern novel and an intelligent insightful examination of the Condition of Man if you will On

  6. says:

    Amazing but how can I say this without insulting the general public I can't not for everyone because it's too smart for most people Comically philosophical smart and minimally sarcastic it solidifies O’Neill’s place among the lit

  7. says:

    With a heavy heavy disclaimer that Joe O'Neill is an old and good friend I will say that I am still making up my mind abo

  8. says:

    Never written a review this early into a book but the writing is absolutely eye watering I've never read a literary writer whose prose looks so much like programming language and by that I mean lots and lots of nesting statements This is not a good thing When he's not nesting statements he's ualifying things that don't

  9. says:

    Man Booker Longlist Publisher's Weekly Top 10 Surely notI was really hoping for a book based around the ironies that form modern day Dubai instead I got a rambling nonsense of facetious observations pornography meaningless words and multi brac

  10. says:

    This is the story of a man who moves to Dubai to work for a company with incredible wealth but uestionable dealings While it seems like a dec