Adrift. I surrendered myself to Joseph O’Neill’s finely-crafted witty prose in his novel titled, The Dog. The unnamed narrator is adrift in contemporary life and alert to his predicament. He’s living in Dubai, working for a superrich family handling business affairs. O’Neill’s riff on class relations and the unspoken reactions employees have to the demands of unreasonable bosses were among the finest parts of the novel. Readers who are comfortable with meandering, being as adrift as the narrator, while enjoying finely written prose are those most likely to savor this novel.
Rating: Three-star (It’s ok)
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