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Red Dog by Louis De Bernières

Red Dog (original 2001; edition 2002)

by Louis De Bernières, Alan Baker (Illustrator)

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Title:Red Dog
Authors:Louis De Bernières (Author)
Other authors:Alan Baker (Illustrator)
Info:Milsons Point, N.S.W. : Vintage, 2002. Paperback, illus, b, w&r, 120 p.
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Tags:Biography, Dogs, Dampier, Mining, Red Dog

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Red Dog by Louis de Bernières (2001)


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Really lovely, heartening, amusing and tear-jerking. De Bernières has done a masterful job in reproducing Pilbaran society of the 1970s: my housemate worked in the area portrayed (Mount Tom Price, Roebourne etc) in the early 80s, just a few years after the resolution of these (true) tales, and was struck by the accuracy and evocative nature of the prose. I wondered whether this would work best for young readers and it crossed my mind to read it to my (8-year-old) nephew but I think it would make him too sad! ( )
  Vivl | Apr 13, 2015 |
What can I say….such a feel good, typically Aussie book, loved it!! ( )
  Fliss88 | Jan 21, 2015 |
Purchased months ago due to a recommendation here at LT, this book sat on my shelves, unread, until this evening...

...why did I wait so long to delve into such a charming story?

"Red Dog" is based upon the life of a real dog living in Australia in the 1970s. Owned by no one, and, except for a brief and happy experience, with no master to care for, Red Dog became famous for his travels. He would hitch rides in the local bus with the workers, or in private cars with people he knew. Red Dog was also well known for his ability to snatch a steak or sausage off a barbecue without the owner noticing.

I thoroughly enjoyed "Red Dog", and how well the author portrayed that canine's exploits, as well as the many people who loved him.

Sweet and funny. ( )
  fuzzi | Aug 20, 2013 |
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  velvetink | Mar 31, 2013 |
A very well written, funny, evocative and moving set of short stories about an independent red dog who travelled around North West Australia (based on real life dog). Fabulous read and recommended to any dog lover. ( )
  andy475uk | Apr 24, 2012 |
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'Strewth,' exclaimed Jack Collins, 'that dog's a real stinker!
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Red Dog is a book by a writer in love. While passing through a town in the Australian outback, novelist Louis de Bernières discovered a statue of a dog. Intrigued, he made inquiries, and was swamped by locals with tales of a wildly charismatic creature named Tally Ho. De Bernières, author of Corelli's Mandolin, has fashioned a charming picaresque of Tally's misdeeds and misadventures, not least of which involve the animal's enormous appetite (complemented by an equally enormous flatulence). "Tally," he writes, "was the most notorious canine dustbin in the whole neighbourhood. With apparent relish he ate paper bags, sticks, dead rats, butterflies, apple peel, eggshells, used tissues and socks." De Bernières' enchantment with this "dustbin" is a reflection of a larger rapture: here is a writer who has fallen for Australia itself. He wittily captures the country's cadences, its landscape, its weakness for the (literal) underdog. --Claire Dederer

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The narrator of this story travels to a small mining town in Western Australia to host a literary dinner. Whilst there, he comes across a statue to Red Dog. He is intrigued, and resolves to find out as much as he can about this splendid dog.

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