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Red Dog by Louis de Bernières (2001)
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0099429047, Paperback)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
(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:58:04 -0400)
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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