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The Lost Dog #2019

The Lost Dog Tom Loxley is holed up in a remote bush shack trying to finish his book on Henry James when his beloved dog goes missing What follows is a triumph of storytelling as The Lost Dog loops back and forth

  • Title: The Lost Dog
  • Author: Michelle de Kretser
  • ISBN: -
  • Page: 291
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Lost Dog By Michelle de Kretser, Tom Loxley is holed up in a remote bush shack trying to finish his book on Henry James when his beloved dog goes missing What follows is a triumph of storytelling, as The Lost Dog loops back and forth in time to take the reader on a spellbinding journey into worlds far removed from the present tragedy Set in present day Australia and mid twentieth century India here is aTom Loxley is holed up in a remote bush shack trying to finish his book on Henry James when his beloved dog goes missing What follows is a triumph of storytelling, as The Lost Dog loops back and forth in time to take the reader on a spellbinding journey into worlds far removed from the present tragedy Set in present day Australia and mid twentieth century India here is a haunting, layered work that brilliantly counterpoints new cityscapes and their inhabitants with the untamed, ancient continent beyond With its atmosphere of menace and an acute sense of the unexplained in any story, it illuminates the collision of the wild and the civilised, modernity and the past, home and exile.The Lost Dog is a mystery and a love story, an exploration of art and nature, a mediation on aging and the passage of time It is a book of wonders a gripping contemporary novel which examines the weight of history as well as different ways of understanding the world.

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    1. A shitty book that talks way too much about shit I m hard pressed to even elaborate on it because I almost don t feel like it s worth it I will just say that for a book about a lost dog, you never get any genuine feeling from the dog loser about his lost dog Oh, sure, the author throws in that the guy misses his presence when he sees a water bowl or something, but she doesn t sell it It never feels real Instead the book is about some guy who loves some artist who actually has an interesting back [...]

    2. I have some really mixed feelings about this book Parts of it were wonderful, engrossing I d get caught up in a line of story and enjoy the trip to the end.The problem was, many of them didn t mesh Things were often unclear Some of the lines were awful Lines like the sweat and spice of her spoor made me cringe I don t even want to get started on the annoying tendency so very modern, no to focus on human waste It comes across as trying to be edgy and raw and instead is predictable and annoying.An [...]

    3. This book was beautiful Meditations on art, love, relationships, connections with dogs, Melbourne, rural Victoria, and just exquisitely written I felt like I was reading a painting.

    4. A Henry James Question I still don t have time for writing reviews until end of semester else I ll fail my course I have missed too many days this month with this consumptive like cough to warrant that happening without fueling the fire Anyhow I could not comment on this one till I had read some Henry James of which I ve now read one novella of his In the Cage Why the need to read Henry James Other s have likened de Kretser s writing to James and also the main character in The Lost Dog is writin [...]

    5. I ve been really getting into Aussie fiction as of late This is an author I ve not read before but she has a very interesting writing style She s actually Sri Lankan but has been living in Australia for most of her life The protagonist of this novel also immigrated to Australia when he was a teenager after beginning it in India The novel doesn t focus on race nearly as much as it does aging, family, and a mysterious sort of relationship between a writer and an artist One thing disarming about th [...]

    6. So onto THE LOST DOG by Michelle de Krester This tells the story of a man who loses his dog He is in the middle of some kind of half hearted love affair, and we cut back and forth between the love affair and the hunt for the dog This is one literary ass book It is so literature I kind of want to barf a bit It was full of images There they are buying like whatever, noodles or something, and the noodle seller has exquisite hands Oh yes Oh god Part way through I just had to stop and read the autho [...]

    7. The first for me of this year s Booker Prize nominees I loved the style of it, but the substance left much to be desired The main character was distant but not unsympathetic, but I never understood what pulled him towards Nelly His interest in her made me care less about him, not .As a slightly irrelevant side note, I wish every writing fiction 101 course would start by explaining that no one post Daphne du Maurier should think they can successfully pull off the character without a name Because [...]

    8. I at once loved and was exasperated by this book I m a sucker for things Australian, and the descriptions of the bush really worked for me And even though the book sometimes seems a bit too obviously influenced by Benjamin and Barthes, it still put those theoretical precurpsors to useful and not entirely lame use Plus, it s portrayal of academia is not completely crazy and misguided, which is a feat in itself The main problem is its tendency towards what I call the Ondaatje school of self satisf [...]

    9. This was a book that sounded interesting from the info on the dust jacket, and I enjoyed reading it The story is written mainly from the viewpoint of Tom Loxley, a grown man who currently lives in Australia, but spent many of his growing up years in India At the beginning of the book, his dog runs away, having broken the knot in the rope that tied him up Loxley is afraid of what might happen to his dog, lost in the Australian bush, and sets out to try and find him.He ends up being helped by Nell [...]

    10. This book is beautifully written and artfully told I would have gotten out of it if I had read Henry James recently The insights into human relationships are often unexpected and astutely observed It is not an obvious book in any way it moves between time periods, advancing the story piecemeal This is largely successful, although at times just served to get me lost My only criticism is that there were moments where the writing felt a little contrived Many of the reviews here are profoundly di [...]

    11. Very well written although at times the prose felt too artful and a bit cloying Perhaps a case of too much of a good thing I would have liked a little bit focus on Tom and his dog and Tom and his mother than Tom and Nelly and the art scene as they annoyed me a bit.I liked the way the search for the dog allowed Tom to search his memory, and his heart as well for other missing thoughts and feelings.For further thoughts on this book and other Booker Prize nominated titles the kingfisher scrapbook

    12. I always wanted to read this book But one day I was stopped outside a traffic light near her the authors house I saw a huge dog yes looks like the cover dog do a gigantic poop on the footpath infront of a bunch of kids that were walking past.I then watched the owner Michelle de Kretser yank the dog back home without scooping up the poop.Now it has ruined the book for me Everytime I see the title I think of the authors huge dog, pooing with reckless abandon and her lack of respect for our inner c [...]

    13. 4.5 stars I love de Kretser s turn of phrase So many sections I underlined on my kindle An example which may lose something out of context , about the narrator s disapproving aunt Audrey with whom his mother lives Audrey said, I draw the line at nursing There were many such lines, existence taking on for his aunt the aspect of a dense cross hatching.

    14. Really fine piece of contemporary fiction set in Melbourne Australia and written by a Sri Lankan immmigrant with amazing prose, complex insights and complicated but skillful use of flash backs.

    15. In the acknowledgments section of this book it states that it draws directly and obliquely on various works by Henry James Well since I have not read any Henry James I missed all that I saw that this book was called The Lost Dog, and silly me picked it up looking for a story about a dog But after finishing the book, I know many personal, desciptive details of an old woman s repeated fecal accidents I know personal details about an artist named Nelly and her missing husband But I don t even know [...]

    16. Picked this up at the library because the description on the inside flap intrigued me When I got to the end of the book I thought What happened It s a story about a man who as a child moved from India to Australia who is fascinated by a woman artist, Nelly He has just lost his dog in the bush and is searching for him and dealing with his aging mother who has become incontinent The narrative jumps back and forth in time it was confusing and difficult to remember characters when their names popped [...]

    17. I just couldn t finish this I never got to that point where I cared for the characters It s unusual for me not to finish a book, but when a book stops me from wanting to read it is time to give up.

    18. At the same time, he sensed a deadpan teasing her cut price instinct dangled in his face And beyond the self guying, something deeper and characteristic still an impulse to salvage what had been marked for oblivion An It girl peddling Foster s the tottering, cotton reel stack of a stranger s vertebrae an archangel with upcast eyes and a faint reek of glue nothing was too trivial to snatch from the flow of time p 125 126 Redeemed from mere utility, its coasters and dishes were multiple yet indiv [...]

    19. I finished this book some time ago, but I wanted to let it settle before writing anything about it, not sure if I loved it or thought it was just OK.Now that my reading is almost solely limited to bedtime the lack of a public transportation commute has robbed me of about 2 hours of solid reading 5 days a week , I feel that I often don t give books a fair shake When I read, I m tired and apt to dismiss a book faster because of my weariness than I would if I were reading it while feeling fresher I [...]

    20. Daniel Sumrall at Gently Read Literature was kind enough to ask me to review this book The link is here I m cutting pasting below Readers may be forgiven if the title of de Kretser s third novel fails to captivate Not only does The Lost Dog continue her preference for curiously static object names following The Rose Grower and The Hamilton Case that do an injustice to the complexity of her themes, but it seems to evoke a little too readily a growing genre of literature whose popularity would see [...]

    21. I really loved De Krester s Questions of Travel, so I was eager to read this I was rather disappointed, the story line was thin and the characters never really fully developed Perhaps that was the intended style, but I was expecting from it and the mystery alluded to on the back cover The parts about India were fascinating and engaging, but ended quite quickly as the family moved to Australia and there wasn t much reminiscing about their lives there There was a strong theme of ageing, but not a [...]

    22. Very good read but hard going at times with moving between characters Some wonderful descriptive phrases and heartfelt honesty regarding his mother.

    23. Michelle de Kretser writes and sounds like a poet The short pithy perfectly constructed lines in The Lost Dog, have great appeal The opening two lines completely set the story up not many books have ever achieved this The book is worth buying for those two lines alone.It s good to see a modern book carrying modern connections in it, such as the references to the usage of modern technology Many contemporary books do not contain references to the things we use every day, and that makes them seem o [...]

    24. The Lost Dog is a character study concerning a lost dog, a professor writing a book on Henry James, the elusive artist he loves, and a multitude of interlocking themes It is a quiet book that achieves just the right balance it is leisurely and meditative without being boring, and deeply poignant.The story begins with Professor Tom s beloved elderly dog disappearing in the Australian backwoods De Kretser s writing is restrained but effective, sure to tug at the heartstrings of any dog lover Tom s [...]

    25. An interesting read Tom Loxley, a migrant from India to Australia and an academic writer with an interest in Henry James meets Nelly the artist with an interesting past I enjoyed de Kretser s prose style, sometimes poetic and occasionally the dictionary was required to check a meaning of a word The dog that is lost weaves through the story, perhaps a parable for Tom s own life As a migrant he frequently reminisces from his memory of early life in India and compares to Australia I liked the way d [...]

    26. In this equally intriguing and frustrating novel by Sri Lankan born Australian de Krester, an immigrant writer of Indian descent becomes infatuated with a painter of Chinese descent, falling in love with her while pondering the mystery of her husband s disappearance years before, when he staged an elaborate suicide after being investigated for irregular bond trading.Tom Loxley, the writer, uses artist Nelly Zhang s secluded farmhouse to find the peace he needs to finish a book about the pervasiv [...]

    27. I wasn t entirely sure i d finish this book when I was about a third of the way through I found the use of language sometimes completely contrived, as if to give the impression of the author s intelligence rather than to contribute to the story However, I persevered and found that themes of the book included art, literature and the complexities of thought and culture and this possibly contributed to the style of writing.The main thread is that of the lost dog However, this is found alongside oth [...]

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