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Book review: The Dog by Joseph O’Neill

The DogThe title isn’t obvious. The unnamed narrator of this Booker-longlisted novel is neither a rottweiler, nor, quite, a lapdog. But, as an American in Dubai he is, like that country’s dogs, only there on sufferance. He’s the in-house lawyer of a madly rich Lebanese family. He’s also Everyman. Or “Everywoman (woman includes man),” as he would pedantically put it. The narrator’s nerdy, multi-clausal delineation of his supple yet tenacious conscience is one of the book’s pleasures. But we are subtly asked throughout: would we, facing the brutalities and banalities of Dubai and…

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