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  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 lette

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    First I have to admire O'Neil for taking uite a risk after his successful and engaging novel NETHERLAND which not only put him on the map but established him as a fine author in the theme of dislocation and alienation Here too his themes are l

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    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 b

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    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 financi

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    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 expl

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    Amazing but how can I say this without insulting the general public I can't not for everyone because it's too smart for mo

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    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 about this book but there is much that is seriously brilliant here It is Bartleby for the 21st century Also underc

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    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 ne

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    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

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    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 decent capture of some of the uniue elements of the culture and feel of Dubai a city with 90 percent ex pats and money than they know what to do with I didn't connect well to the unnamed main character I t

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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. First I have to admire O Neil for taking uite a risk after his successful and engaging novel NETHERLAND which not only put him on the map but established him as a fine author in the theme of dislocation and alienation Here too his themes are largely about the displacement of foreigners In this case the protagonist and unnamed narrator a New York attorney was born in Switzerland and raised in the US A bit of cheeky irony we don t know his name but we do know his alter ego or alias He was hired by an obscenely wealthy Lebanese family to move to Dubai and act in the role of fiduciary and legal overseer Family Officer of their funds They also ask him to keep a close eye on and mentor one of their 17 year old family members an indolent boy that lacks ambitionO Neil s urbane postmodern writing is both sardonic and sad yet there was no escape from the increasingly foul funk of it At its best he echoes a combination of Kafka Thomas Pynchon and even George Orwell in his auguring humor His depiction of the class system and byzantine legalese of Dubai is nothing short of brilliant for the non national the emirate is a vast booby trap of medieval judicial perils and Johnny Foreigner must especially take great care in interactions with local citizensbecause de facto there is one law for Abdul Emerati and another for Johnny Foreigner However his turgidity combined with the relentless repugnance of the narrative was wearying he is a polished writer but of tasteless contentO Neil uses shock value at the mid point of the novel perhaps to resuscitate it from flat lining The narrator enjoys his afternoon Internet porn following his noontime bathroom constitutional However the lurid vileness that he added to the porn disengaged me from the character On the other hand I have to hand it to O Neil he bravely pushes the envelope of human depravity Butwhy It s deeply superficial he is teasing the reader to be hip enough to accept his brand of purposeless vulgarityThe narrator s break up with his girlfriend a lawyer he met in the Manhattan law firm he worked out is detailed in the problems that drove them apart O Neil did a stellar job of making the reader uncomfortable observing very private things behind closed doors He adds on a little mystery with the case of the missing scuba diver Ted Wilson and then purposely turns us off with the narrator s interactions with Wilson s wife And then there is a place he refers to as Project X a building project that he desires to know about As far as the attempted levity related to his periodic pedicures it was thoroughly lost on meIf you are looking for a plot you won t find it here It is largely a Kafkaesue study of the labyrinth legal and social system of the UAE as well as a soul stripping story of our hero s loneliness Too it illuminates the crushing of the human psyche and dignity And not least of all the depths of debasement and pathetic vacuity

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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 sentence I shit you not PERHAPS BECAUSE OF MY GROWING SENSE of the inefficiency of life lived on land and in air of my growing sense that the accumulation of experience amounts when all is said and done and pondered simply to extra weight so that one ends up dragging oneself around as if imprisoned in one of those Winnie the Pooh suits of explorers of the deep I took up diving The first thing that popped into my head was Is he a native English speaker because that sentence is so disjointed as to be absurd And that metaphor Is it a metaphor Or is there some kind of fetishistic diving experience that marries scuba and Disney in some unholy fashion I m sorry but I m poor like an inner city kid who s barely seen a pool You ll have to explain your fancy hobby jargon to me Then there s the French French this and French that with no translation in sight It s very alienating First the scuba now the foreign languages Plus he s a lawyer uitting his job over a breakup with his girlfriend to work for his billionaire friend s daddy who apparently runs Zombocom At Zombocom anything is possible The only limitation is you At Zombocom the unobtainable is unknown Welcome How am I to relate to this pretentious wankeryI get that this is supposed to be satire but satire is generally you know enjoyable Pithy even I don t connect to this guy on any level and his ridiculous problems fail to entertain Not even the insights he s supposed to be relating about the lives of the rich and douchey move me and I m generally a big fan of mocking the excesses of the one percent Maybe it s because I know very little about Dubai and mostly don t care I m not made to care I d like to think I m open to hearing about it but not from a narrator who conveys thoughts in a way that s all glass and no candy appleMost of the time I feel like I m just not getting the joke Perhaps I m not hip enough to understand his post modern writing and how it brilliantly harkens to a bunch of dead author s works If I were well read I could high five myself for every obscure literary reference and maybe feel gratified by the masturbatory experience well enough to like this book As it is I just don t get it

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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. 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 the other it is a somewhat meandering never uite amounting to a plot ramble of a read but not in the familiar way of Virginia Woolf nor come to that in a truly Kafkaesue way For one thing I lamented the absence of a character in whom I could take a than a slight passing interest let alone love doubtless some would say that this is the author s point Stylistically it smacked a little too much of a lawyerly tone and his increasing use of a collection of closing brackets to tie up all the parentheses at the end of a paragraph wonderful the first time paled after a whileReading it I had the sensation that I was looking through a kaleidoscope one with truly beautiful enigmatic patterns which could change my life if only I were able to have got the damn thing into focus properly Doubtless I will have to wait until someone smart enough can explain it all to me