The Lost Dog
8 journalers for this copy...
"Michelle de Kretser is the fastest rising star in Australia's literary firmament... stunningly beautiful." Metro (Australia).
"Michelle de Kretser is one of those rare writers whose work balances substance with style. Her writing is very witty, but it also goes deep, informed at every point by a benign and far-reaching intelligence." Kerryn Goldsworthy, Sydney Morning Herald.
"A wonderful tale of obsession, art, death, loss, human failure, and past and present loves. One of Australia's best contemporary writers." Harpers Bazaar (Australia).
Tom Loxley, an Indian-Australian professor, is less concerned with finishing his book on Henry James than with finding his dog, who is lost in the bush. Joining his daily hunt is Nelly Zhang, an artist whose husband disappeared mysteriously years before Tom met her. Although Nelly helps him search for his beloved pet, Tom isn't sure if he should trust this new friend. She is indirect on some important matters and withholds affection, but she is also entertaining and generous with her time.
Tom has preoccupations other than his book and Nelly and his missing dog, mainly concerning his mother, who is suffering from the various indignities of old age. He is constantly drawn from the cerebral to the primitive - by his mother's infirmities, as well as by Nelly's attractions. The Lost Dog makes brilliant use of the conventions of suspense and atmosphere while leading us to see anew the conflicts between our bodies and our minds, the present and the past, the primal and the civilized. This remarkable novel is bursting with life on several planes - and keeps us thinking until its rewarding close."
I'm really curious about it. It looks really nice, good quality and the first pages are stirring my curiosity. It will have to wait until I've finished another book, though.
After I've read it, I will send it on it's way in the roundabout:
Xeyra Portugal *skipped*
iliotropio BE *accidentally skipped*
After it finishes the roundabout it continues as a ring (EU only, closed):
lucy-lemon UK *skipped*
iliotropio BE (Booker Roundabout)
Xeyra PT (Booker Roundabout)
Icila FR <-- now here!
And back to me.
1. When you receive the book please ensure that you journal it.
2. Read it as soon as you can, if you take longer than 1 month, please keep us all informed by posting a new entry or sending me a PM to inform me (either way I get an e-mail and I know what's up with the book).
3. When you've finished reading it, make a journal entry and contact the next person on the list.
4. If no response is received after two attempts, contact me and then next person on the list.
5. When you send the book on please make a journal entry.
I am definitely going to reread this one, because right now I feel that a lot of the beauty is wasted on me as a non native. In rereading I'll probably get more of it.
A few quotes from the book I really liked:
"When Osman closed his eyes, the curve of the ball was prominent under the lid. Cancer had made him thin-skinned. His face was in the process of being replaced by a skull, an ancestor stepping forward to claim him. Yet his ability to bring ease into a room remained." page 72
" 'My dog ran off into the bush. I went looking for him.'
Vernon considered this briefly, testing it like a loose tooth. 'I am very fond of animals,' he announced. 'I intend to eat many, many more before I die.' " page 77
"Art exists because there are realities that exceed words." page 141
"The dog was with them that night, clicking along the pavement. From feathery plots of wild fennel by the railway line, he emerged odorous with aniseed. He cocked his leg at every opportunity, writing his chronicles in urine." Page 199
"Nelly drew a length of knitted wool from her pocket, folded it, placed it about her throat, passed the ends through the loop. It was the first time Tom had noticed this way of tying a scarf, although it was much in evidence that year." Page 200 (I really like this bit, probably because it is the exact way I always wear scarves.)
Oh, and just the other day I realised I've been using a bookmark about Australia, saying: 'Experience Australia's wilderness', I guess it should go with the book. I hope to finish reading within a week and pass it on quickly.
January 4: The last half of the book was really gripping, I think I just really needed to get caught in the story. It is really nice and I like the end. Almost can't wait to reread it, but it's off in the bookring first. I've asked franaloe for her address, so it should be on its way within a week.
Put in the mailbox, on its way to Franaloe. Have a safe trip!
edit 12.02.09: This book is taking me forever! I'm around page 100, and just can't get through. I don't get the story. I'll keep trying a little longer because of Laui's positive comments, but the book might stay at my place somewhat longer than a month.
Lucy-lemon has asked to be skipped and I am waiting to hear from Lizzy-stardust. I shall pass the book on as soon as I can.
CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:
Off to Lizzy-Stardust. Enjoy.
Many thaks to Lizzy-stardust for sending it :0)
Waiting for Xeyra´s address.
Xeyra seems to be particularly busy at the moment, so I´m moving on to Icila...
I do my best to read it fast.
Merci Iliotropio. J'ai vu que tu avais un tarif postal vraiment trop cher. En France c'est très peu couteux pour expédier n'importe où dans le monde et ça arrive très vite mais c'est au moins 3 fois plus cher pour envoyer dans le reste de la France...
Thanks for sharing.
PMing the next.
05/14 : on its way to Holland.