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The Dog

The Dog by Joseph O'Neill
Jun 09, 2015 | 256 Pages
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“A brilliant satire.” —The Boston Globe

“Fascinating. . . . Explor[es] deep questions about ethics and happiness in a globalized age.” —Chicago Tribune

“A mordantly funny and, surprisingly for these times, deeply moral tale of lost love and economic betrayal.” —John Banville, The Guardian (London)
“Brilliant. . . . A devastating portrait of a man and world stuck in a moral impasse.” —NPR

“A mix of Martin Amis and Thomas Bernhard. . . . With a consummate elegance, The Dog turns in on itself in imitation of the dreadful circling and futility of consciousness itself. . . . Its wit and brio keep us temporarily more alive than we usually allow ourselves to be.” —The New York Times Book Review

“Bleak and funny. . . . O’Neill is a brilliant stylist.” —Slate

“Engrossing. . . . Wonderfully droll. . . . An office-computer version of Saul Bellow’s Herzog.” —Entertainment Weekly (A-)

“Stylish and funny, a linguistic romp.” —Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Enraged, brutal, witty, brilliant.” —The Sunday Times (London)

“Compelling. . . . Brilliant.” —The Daily Beast

“Astoundingly constructed. . . . Wonderfully light-footed and funny, and frequently poignant.” —Buffalo News

“Alluring. . . . Striking.” —Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“A shimmering portrait of modernity.” —The Guardian (London)

“Our existential hero has a Beckettian soul. . . . O’Neill’s prose is never less than exacting and exalted. . . . O’Neill, more than any other writer in English, inhabits a global world effortlessly.” —The Irish Times 

“A humorous meditation on the dialects of attention and distraction in the modern world, O’Neill’s work playfully skewers the global economy of consumption and our abstract notions of responsibility in its perpetuation.” —Library Journal (starred review)

“Shades of Kafka and Conrad permeate O’Neill’s thoughtful modern fable of exile.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred)

“Pitch-perfect prose. . . . Clever, witty, and profoundly insightful, this is a beautifully crafted narrative about a man undone by a soulless society.” —Publishers Weekly (starred)

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