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The Lost Dog

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Staff Pick

A subtle, complicated, literary mystery about a lost dog, but underneath is a portrait of obsession. Michelle de Kretser, author of The Hamilton Case, possesses literary gifts that make The Lost Dog truly extraordinary.
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Publisher Comments:

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 Australian 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.

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 ever-present conflicts between our bodies and our minds, the present and the past, the primal and the civilized.

Review:

"De Kretser (The Hamilton Case) presents an intimate and subtle look at Tom Loxley, a well-intentioned but solipsistic Henry James scholar and childless divorc, as he searches for his missing dog in the Australian bush. While the overarching story follows Tom's search during a little over a week in November 2001, flashbacks reveal Tom's infatuation with Nelly Zhang, an artist tainted by scandal — from her controversial paintings to the disappearance and presumed murder of her husband, Felix, a bond trader who got into some shady dealings. As Tom puts the finishing touches on his book about James and 'the uncanny' and searches for his dog, de Kretser fleshes out Tom's obsession with Nelly — from the connection he feels to her incendiary paintings (one exhibition was dubbed 'Nelly's Nasties' in the press) to the sleuthing about her past that he's done under scholarly pretenses. Things progress rapidly, with a few unexpected turns thrown in as Tom and Nelly get together, the murky circumstances surrounding Felix's disappearance are (somewhat) cleared up and the matter of the missing dog is settled. De Kretser's unadorned, direct sentences illustrate her characters' flaws and desires, and she does an admirable job of illuminating how life and art overlap in the 21st century." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

Lucky readers will discover the trickery of Michelle de Kretser's "The Lost Dog" only upon finishing it, at which point the author reveals her astonishing sleight of hand. Ostensibly, the novel is about Indian Australian professor Tom Loxley, who loses his dog in the Australian bush while trying to finish writing a book about Henry James at the country house of Tom's artist friend Nelly Zhang. But... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Review:

"Anxieties about a pet gone missing in the Australian bush spark a cerebral, enigmatic reflection on cultures and identity.... Ruminative and roving in form, an intense, immaculate, somewhat abstract novel." Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

"The Lost Dog" makes brilliant use of the conventions of suspense and atmosphere while illuminating the ever-present conflicts between bodies and minds, the present and the past, and the primal and the civilized.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780316001830
Publisher:
Little Brown and Company
Subject:
Authors
Author:
de Kretser, Michelle
Subject:
Australia
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Love stories
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Publication Date:
April 2008
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
326
Dimensions:
9.30x6.37x1.11 in. 1.20 lbs.

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Product details 326 pages Little Brown and Company - English 9780316001830 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

A subtle, complicated, literary mystery about a lost dog, but underneath is a portrait of obsession. Michelle de Kretser, author of The Hamilton Case, possesses literary gifts that make The Lost Dog truly extraordinary.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "De Kretser (The Hamilton Case) presents an intimate and subtle look at Tom Loxley, a well-intentioned but solipsistic Henry James scholar and childless divorc, as he searches for his missing dog in the Australian bush. While the overarching story follows Tom's search during a little over a week in November 2001, flashbacks reveal Tom's infatuation with Nelly Zhang, an artist tainted by scandal — from her controversial paintings to the disappearance and presumed murder of her husband, Felix, a bond trader who got into some shady dealings. As Tom puts the finishing touches on his book about James and 'the uncanny' and searches for his dog, de Kretser fleshes out Tom's obsession with Nelly — from the connection he feels to her incendiary paintings (one exhibition was dubbed 'Nelly's Nasties' in the press) to the sleuthing about her past that he's done under scholarly pretenses. Things progress rapidly, with a few unexpected turns thrown in as Tom and Nelly get together, the murky circumstances surrounding Felix's disappearance are (somewhat) cleared up and the matter of the missing dog is settled. De Kretser's unadorned, direct sentences illustrate her characters' flaws and desires, and she does an admirable job of illuminating how life and art overlap in the 21st century." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Anxieties about a pet gone missing in the Australian bush spark a cerebral, enigmatic reflection on cultures and identity.... Ruminative and roving in form, an intense, immaculate, somewhat abstract novel."
"Synopsis" by , "The Lost Dog" makes brilliant use of the conventions of suspense and atmosphere while illuminating the ever-present conflicts between bodies and minds, the present and the past, and the primal and the civilized.
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