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The Dog [Kindle Edition]

Joseph O'Neill

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Praise for 'Netherland': 'An exquisitely written novel, a large fictional achievement, and one of the most remarkable post-colonial books I have ever read.' James Wood, New Yorker '[I have] not read anything that quite so brilliantly captured the exuberant madness and cultural diversity of [New York].' Jeremy Paxman, Guardian (Books of the Year) 'There is a very special sort of gratitude you can feel for a book that is so formidably written that it has you anxious to get back to it and pining a little bit to be away from it.' Sebastian Barry, Guardian (Books of the Year) 'Dazzling ... and told with great grace and daring.' Kate Summerscale, Sunday Telegraph (Books of the Year) 'The post-9/11 novel we've been waiting for: a witty, vivid, aphoristic, fiercely intelligent narrative.' Philip French, Observer (Books of the Year) 'Too good for the Booker.' Robert McCrum, Observer (Books of the Year) '"Netherland" is so expertly woven that it is impossible for a reader not to admire what it essentially is - a beautifully written exploration of memory and self.' Sunday Telegraph 'The wittiest, angriest, most exacting and most desolate work of fiction we've yet had about life in New York and London after the World Trade Centre fell. I devoured it in three thirsty gulps, gulps that satisfied a craving I didn't know I had. O'Neill seems incapable of composing a boring sentence or thinking an uninteresting thought.' New York Times 'Extraordinary. O'Neill is a writer of dizzying elegance.' FT 'O'Neill's novel was nominated by critics as a book of the year more times than any other title in 2008, and it's not hard to see why. Its perceptiveness and lingering air of sadness will beguile you more powerfully than you may at first expect.' Sunday Times



The new novel from Joseph O’Neill, his first since the Man Booker longlisted and PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction-winning ‘Netherland’.

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.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 817 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 256 Seiten
  • Verlag: Fourth Estate (25. Juli 2014)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00J1XSFM2
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Darkly hilarious 6. September 2014
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The Dog reads like a Coen Brothers movie. Think 'Fargo' where people do hideous things and yet the viewer/reader ends up laughing at the most awful things.

If you approach this novel looking for a hero, you are going to be sorely disappointed. Our hero here unselfconsciously narrates a nakedly self centered tale of neurotic narcissism and there are moments here that have you laughing but it is very much AT him and not with him.

Dubai is as self conscious and consciously designed a metropolis as is possible. Surrounded by obscene wealth and luxury our narrator is an acerbic and astute observer of the hypocrisy of life in Dubai. Is it possible to like him? I don't think so. Can you believe every single thing he says? Probably not. In tone and style the book reminds me quite a bit of Glen Duncan's novel 'I, Lucifer'.

It is, in the end, unrelieved in its bitter darkness and pessimistic outlook on life. While entertaining it is a discomfiting read at times. How much of the superficiality in our contemptible narrator is present inside us as well?

If you keep all of that in mind this is a darkly humorous and extremely intelligent novel that is well worth the read.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A very interesting, thought provoking and entertaining flow of consciousness novel. 17. August 2014
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The unnamed narrator had a very bad breakup with his girlfriend in New York City. A very wealthy old friend of his gives him the opportunity to manage their family trust while living in Dubai. He seizes the opportunity to get away and, while there, struggles to maintain the trust. The book becomes more of a flow of consciousness with as he confronts life in Dubai while thinking and rationalizing about his past. Eventually the reader is given a very full account of the past relationship, which really wasn’t all that great to begin with. At times the novel is humorous and at times quite sad. This book is on the longlist for the Man Booker award. It is a worthwhile read- a literary story and not a rip roaring thriller.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen A Dull Disaster Set in Dubai 1. Juli 2014
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In 2008 I read O'Neill's previous novel 'Netherland'. In my Amazon review I called Netherland 'one of the finest books I had read in the past several years. Its prose beautifully crafted. Its story deep and meditative'. For six years I looked forward to reading Mr. O'Neill's next novel. Well I waited in vain. His new novel, 'The Dog' is a dull disaster set in Dubai. The novel is a post-modern mess. I can only advise you to avoid it at all costs. In fact it is difficult to believe it was written by the same person who wrote 'Neverland' a meditation on the American Dream in the post-911 world.

I knew I was in trouble with 'The Dog' when I read the first sentence, a convoluted mess. But it only got worse as I persevered. 'The Dog' tells the story of a middle-aged attorney from Manhattan who takes a job offered by an old school friend from Lebanon. The friend comes from a super wealthy family with vast holdings in the Middle East. His new job with the Batros family is to be a 'family officer' supposedly overseeing the family's fortune. Our 'family officer' is only known occassionally by the name X. He understands little of what is going on and is soon saddled with babysitting the oldest Batros' brother's son, a teenage slacker whom he decides to teach Sudoku. As in 'Netherland' we have a disaffected man in a foreign country, but this time who cares about X or any of his cohorts. All this takes place in Dubai a somewhat surrealistic city of immense wealth and taller than tall skyscrapers. There is little plot. What there is in abundance are impenetrable sentences full of parenthetical clauses. More than one sentence actually has four parenthetical clauses in it, concluding with four close parentheses marks!

X spends most of the novel communicating his thoughts about scuba diving, the virtues of his expensive pedicurist, his massage chair, his car and his prostitutes. Apparently this is supposed to pass as humor, but nothing about it is funny. If this all sounds excruciatingly bad, it is. Avoid, avoid, avoid!
4.0 von 5 Sternen A Dog in Dubai 18. September 2014
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A difficult read but at times, well worth it. X is a man who leaves the US to go work in Dubai after a failed relationship goes awry. Dubai is not a paradise for him, nor a panacea for his pain. He complains about everything and everyone he meets. His insight is pretty biting but he chose to move there and if only for ego's sake, he needs to make do. As a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand several years ago, I can relate. There is a part of you that is fascinated by the new culture, appalled at times, yet your intellect tries to separate what is seen as being a different culture. Yeah and the expats are people one dislikes too. I thought the book contained a great description of culture shock. One becomes more American than ever before yet are unwillingly adjusting to the new culture whether one thinks it is a good idea or not.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Literary Onanism 2. Juli 2014
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The smarty-pants headline would be "This Dog is a Dog," and it is true: this is a book that offers virtually no story, no sympathetic characters, no good reason for reading it, only a terrible letdown after the author's brilliant NETHERLAND. And yet it still has Joseph O'Neill's command of the English language, his intellectual honesty, and, in a word, his class. Had I not had my expectations raised by NETHERLAND (I was its first Amazon reviewer and still hold the top slot), I would probably give this novel four stars, but with that comparison in mind, I can barely rise to three.

I am struck, actually, by the similarities between the two books, as though O'Neill had only one success in him and was striving to repeat it. Where before we had a Dutch-English banker living as an expatriate in New York, here we have a Swiss-American lawyer as an expat in Dubai. Both men are suffering the aftermath of the break-up of long relationships. Both men have high-end jobs and are well-off. Both come into contact with those much less fortunate than themselves; indeed, O'Neill's social consciousness remains one of the most attractive aspects of his writing. Both novels have one or more rich and/or criminal individuals lurking like Gatsbys in the background; here it is the two fabulously wealthy brothers of the Batros family, who employ the unnamed protagonist as a safeguard against malfeasance with the family funds.

Eddie Batros, an old college roommate of the protagonist's in Dublin, hires him because he is the most honest person he knows. Yet it becomes clear that he is the Dog of the title, sent to the doghouse by his former partner for various shortcomings unspecified at the time that gradually become clearer as the book goes on. Indeed, one of the major problems of the book is that while the protagonist continues to act honestly in contrast to many of those around him, we come to see him as more and more of a loser. There is something onanistic about his life, literally as well as metaphorically; in addition to hearing about his bowel habits, biweekly arrangements with a discreet escort service, and addiction to his Pasha Royale X400(tm) massage chair, we learn more than we might wish about his need for self-stimulation several times a week. Indeed, in contrast to New York, which for all its problems is still a living, working city, life in Dubai as O'Neill describes it has something of the quality of onanistic fantasy, the high life as lived with very little connection to realities elsewhere. Can it be a coincidence that while NETHERLAND was built around the game of cricket, as a force binding immigrant communities together, its pale echo here is scuba diving, a solitary sport essentially pursued alone?

Onanism might be a good word for the first-person narrator's use of language. I thought at first that O'Neill's European stylistic polish had merely turned in on itself and become mandarin. Here he is, for example, ironically musing on a world where direct communication is discouraged: "Arguably it is a little mad to covertly inhabit a bodiless universe of candor and reception. But surely real lunacy would be to pitch selfhood's tent in the world of exteriors. Let me turn the proposition around: only a lunatic would fail to distinguish between himself and his representative self." OK, the guy is intelligent, and it flatters the reader to be able to keep up with him, but need it be quite so exhausting? And when he applies his legalistic logic to the breakup of his relationship with Jenn (remember, O'Neill trained as a lawyer too), the result is self-parody:

"Rather, during this final, frightful argument, she was digging and putting down the conceptual foundtion for subsequent extreme action by her the legitimacy of which in the eyes of the officious bystander, that spirit who cannot be placated but must be, depended, first, on the transformation of the history of our private feelings and dealings into a thing (in the legal sense) from which Jenn might derive (quasi-) proprietorial/contractual rights; and, second, on the license customarily granted to persons claiming to enforce (quasi-) proprietorial/contractual rights and/or claiming to redress a violation of those rights as a justification for actions that would, in the absence of the license, be viewed by the bystander as unruly and deplorable."

Towards the end, the narrator takes scraps of eMail or Facebook postings and subjects them to fanatical deconstruction in the manner of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's blogs in AMERICANAH. I did not like them in her book when there was a story to interrupt; I like them even less in his when there is virtually no story at all. Looking back at my review of NETHERLAND, I see that I praised O'Neill for his deeply moving ability to speak from the heart. Where is that heart now?
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