Although Nelly helps him search for his beloved pet, Tom isn’t sure if he should trust this new friend. Such posturing is probably, and understandably, camouflage. How embarassing, I posted my comment by mistake before finishing writing it. The Lost Dog First edition. The girl opened and closed one hand. It is so literature I kind of want to barf a bit. We get to know Nelly and her artistic friends, as well as learning the story of Nelly’s husband, who mysteriously disappeared years ago.

Some of the lines were – awful. The main character was distant but not unsympathetic, but I never understood what pulled him towards Nelly. These lapses aside, the language is full of light, colour and precise observation and, better still, the author can handle ethical and political concerns with a light touch. At some point he said, “I’m sorry, I can’t help it. Again and again, the child Tom trundled out the boy, the girl, singly, together. I saw that this book was called The Lost Dog, and silly me picked it up looking for a story about a dog. Yes Max, just The Northern Clemency to go. The problem was, many of them didn’t mesh.

Perhaps that was the intended style, but I was expecting more from it and “the mystery” alluded to on the back cover.

Michelle de Kretser: The Lost Dog – The Mookse and the Gripes

It comes across as trying to be edgy and raw and instead is predictable I have some really df feelings about this book.

That was Jo Hutton who served us. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. She’s actually Sri Lankan but has been living in Australia for most of her life. Eileen’s sister Iris, once a beautiful north Indian girl pale enough to marry an Englishman, is now a pitiful hulk of 82 exiled to Australia and exposed to every indignity of old age.


Echoes of this kind become wearing, particularly when de Kretser’s own story is so witty and real. Some of the paragraphs were clever, but cleverness cannot be a substitute real development of the broader themes.

The Lost Dog – Reading Australia

Even when that unnamed character is a dog. Published April 28th by Little, Brown and Company first published And thanks for recommending another de Kretser book. We get to know Nelly and her artistic friends, as well as learning the story of Nelly’s husband, who mysteriously disappeared years ago.

Hopefully people will visit your review from here! January 30th, 1 Comment. De Kretser also goes into the Loxley family background, giving the storyline a colonialist spin by exploring how his father, Arthur, met Iris in India after WWII and how her desire for bourgeois prosperity landed them in Australia.

In both cases, the reader ends up with a very good book but boy, there is a lot of effort along the way.

The Lost Dog

That he’d have had to choose between pain and exhaustion. Everytime I see the title I think of the authors huge dog, pooing with reckless abandon and her lack of respect for our inner city streets and other inhabitants.

Just Northern Clemency to go now John? Do se think you have to be as skinny as a pencil and wear a ring in your navel just because other people do?

The language synopsjs beautiful, and it’s full of thoughtful insights on things like ageing, and consumerism. To me what would be fatal would be if a book provoked no strong reaction at all, like or dislike.

Retrieved from ” https: The language is beautiful, and it’s full of thoughtful insights on things like ageing, and An English lecturer, Tom, is staying in the Victorian bush, trying to finish the book he is writing, when his dog goes missing.


I loved some of the stuff from the middle of the book. Reality was the old, serious world he had known when he was young, where there were not enough toys to deflect attention from the gravity of existence and extinction. Tom is to some extent lost, not altogether unhappily, in Australia; and it is Tom’s dog who gets lost in the Australian bush. At this point in literary history, there would seem little real value in parodying the professoriate; not only has it been done to death by David Lodge et al, but also it adds nothing to the story.

Intellectual curiosity, love’s huge anarchy: More of my reviews at www. What he meant was that he was unworthy of grace. Here is my explanation of why the last pages, which you hate, work: To display great jichelle for an animal invariably invoked censure. Byatt has said The Lost Dog is “the best novel I have read in a midhelle time”. From that starting point we go back and forth, to India and Melbourne, to the past and the present, exploring Tom’s life and relationships.

Return to Book Page. This book is beautifully written and artfully told.