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Joseph O'Neill

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Advance Praise for The Dog
“Pitch-perfect prose . . . Clever, witty, and profoundly insightful, this is a beautifully crafted narrative about a man undone by a soulless society.” —Publishers Weekly (starred)
“Shades of Kafka and Conrad permeate O’Neill’s thoughtful modern fable of exile, a sad story that comments darkly on the human condition and refuses bravely to trade on the success of Netherland.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred)
Praise for Netherland
“Stunning . . . with echoes of The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald’s masterpiece . . . A resonant meditation on the American Dream.” —Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
“Exquisitely written . . . A large fictional achievement, and one of the most remarkable post-colonial books I have ever read . . . Netherland has a deep human wisdom.” —James Wood, The New Yorker
“I devoured it in three thirsty gulps, gulps that satisfied a craving I didn’t know I had . . . It has more life inside it than ten very good novels.” —Dwight Garner, The New York Times Book Review
“Elegant . . . Always sensitive and intelligent, Netherland tells the fragmented story of a man in exile—from home, family, and, most poignantly, from himself.” —The Washington Post Book World
“An enormously intelligent plunge into the World War II era . . . O’Neill adeptly makes scene and character where they might be only chronology.” —The New York Times Book Review

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The new novel from Joseph O’Neill, his first since the Man Booker longlisted and PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction-winning ‘Netherland’.

In 2007, a New York attorney bumps into an old college buddy – and accepts his friend’s offer of a job in Dubai, as the overseer of an enormous family fortune. Haunted by the collapse of his relationship and hoping for a fresh start, our strange hero begins to suspect that he has exchanged one inferno for another.

A funny and wholly original work of international literature, ‘The Dog’ is led by a brilliantly entertaining anti-hero. Imprisoned by his endless powers of reasoning, hemmed in by the ethical demands of globalized life, he is fatefully drawn towards the only logical response to our confounding epoch.

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 256 pages
  • Editeur : Fourth Estate (25 juillet 2014)
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  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00J1XSFM2
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Joseph O'Neill est né en 1964 à Cork, en Irlande. Ancien avocat au barreau de Londres, il vit depuis plus de dix ans à New York. Dès sa sortie en 2008, Le Grand Jamais est entré dans la liste des best-sellers, porté par une critique unanime. Troisième roman de Joseph O'Neill (le premier publié en France), le livre a reçu le Pen/Faulkner Award.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Darkly hilarious 6 septembre 2014
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The Dog reads like a Coen Brothers movie. Think 'Fargo' where people do hideous things and yet the viewer/reader ends up laughing at the most awful things.

If you approach this novel looking for a hero, you are going to be sorely disappointed. Our hero here unselfconsciously narrates a nakedly self centered tale of neurotic narcissism and there are moments here that have you laughing but it is very much AT him and not with him.

Dubai is as self conscious and consciously designed a metropolis as is possible. Surrounded by obscene wealth and luxury our narrator is an acerbic and astute observer of the hypocrisy of life in Dubai. Is it possible to like him? I don't think so. Can you believe every single thing he says? Probably not. In tone and style the book reminds me quite a bit of Glen Duncan's novel 'I, Lucifer'.

It is, in the end, unrelieved in its bitter darkness and pessimistic outlook on life. While entertaining it is a discomfiting read at times. How much of the superficiality in our contemptible narrator is present inside us as well?

If you keep all of that in mind this is a darkly humorous and extremely intelligent novel that is well worth the read.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A very interesting, thought provoking and entertaining flow of consciousness novel. 17 août 2014
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The unnamed narrator had a very bad breakup with his girlfriend in New York City. A very wealthy old friend of his gives him the opportunity to manage their family trust while living in Dubai. He seizes the opportunity to get away and, while there, struggles to maintain the trust. The book becomes more of a flow of consciousness with as he confronts life in Dubai while thinking and rationalizing about his past. Eventually the reader is given a very full account of the past relationship, which really wasn’t all that great to begin with. At times the novel is humorous and at times quite sad. This book is on the longlist for the Man Booker award. It is a worthwhile read- a literary story and not a rip roaring thriller.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The best of Joseph O'Neill 22 septembre 2014
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I love Joseph O'Neill's darkly parenthetical phrasing, his critical world view, and his humor. His aside on London early in the book struck home with me: "...this was London, a city I've never taken to, maybe because to visit the place for even a short time is to be turned upside down like a piggy bank and shaken until one is emptied of one's last little coin."

A page later he writes: " the workplace, where invariably one must avail oneself of an even-tempered, abnormally industrious dummy stand-in, who, precisely because it is a dummy, makes life easier for all the others, who are themselves present, which is to say, represented, by dummies of their own."
This kind of elliptical writing requires slow and careful reading. This is not normally how I read a novel, but with O'Neill, I am glad to do it because the enjoyment is profound, and longer-lasting. He is observant of every quirk of modern life, every mood and subterfuge that people adopt in order to survive.

I'm just sorry that more people are not prepared to invest the time in reading his work on the level it requires. His wry and acute observations are well worth the effort. Pay no attention to the critics, Mr. O'Neill, this is your best book so far.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 The Unnameable Beast 12 octobre 2014
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At a time when many fiction writers, even those considered "literary", have re-embraced the technique of using straight plot to tell a story, Joseph O'Neill dares to ignore that trend with the publication of his latest work. O'Neill, with The Dog, tends more to the deconstructive method of say, a Nabokov or a DeLillo, possibly even a Paul Auster. It is the sad tale of the narrator, a counselor-at-law (unnamed (or unnameable?) although he does use an alias (an ironic one at that) for his more illicit activities), who, after an ugly break-up with Jenn, his same-vocationed significant other, accepts a job offer from an old college chum, now one half of a Lebanese billionaire duo known as the Batros brothers, which requires relocation from his home base near New York City to the emirate of Dubai. Being an attorney, our narrator understandably has a lawyerly way of pleading his case. At times the prose reads like a legal brief; with lists, inventories, summaries, delineations, and so on. Literary style aside, O'Neill has written a cogent commentary on the hazards of our ever more globally connected, accessible, privacy-stripped society.
[for the full review visit mechidnadotwordpressdotcom] 4.5 stars
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Literary Onanism 2 juillet 2014
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The smarty-pants headline would be "This Dog is a Dog," and it is true: this is a book that offers virtually no story, no sympathetic characters, no good reason for reading it, only a terrible letdown after the author's brilliant NETHERLAND. And yet it still has Joseph O'Neill's command of the English language, his intellectual honesty, and, in a word, his class. Had I not had my expectations raised by NETHERLAND (I was its first Amazon reviewer and still hold the top slot), I would probably give this novel four stars, but with that comparison in mind, I can barely rise to three.

I am struck, actually, by the similarities between the two books, as though O'Neill had only one success in him and was striving to repeat it. Where before we had a Dutch-English banker living as an expatriate in New York, here we have a Swiss-American lawyer as an expat in Dubai. Both men are suffering the aftermath of the break-up of long relationships. Both men have high-end jobs and are well-off. Both come into contact with those much less fortunate than themselves; indeed, O'Neill's social consciousness remains one of the most attractive aspects of his writing. Both novels have one or more rich and/or criminal individuals lurking like Gatsbys in the background; here it is the two fabulously wealthy brothers of the Batros family, who employ the unnamed protagonist as a safeguard against malfeasance with the family funds.

Eddie Batros, an old college roommate of the protagonist's in Dublin, hires him because he is the most honest person he knows. Yet it becomes clear that he is the Dog of the title, sent to the doghouse by his former partner for various shortcomings unspecified at the time that gradually become clearer as the book goes on. Indeed, one of the major problems of the book is that while the protagonist continues to act honestly in contrast to many of those around him, we come to see him as more and more of a loser. There is something onanistic about his life, literally as well as metaphorically; in addition to hearing about his bowel habits, biweekly arrangements with a discreet escort service, and addiction to his Pasha Royale X400(tm) massage chair, we learn more than we might wish about his need for self-stimulation several times a week. Indeed, in contrast to New York, which for all its problems is still a living, working city, life in Dubai as O'Neill describes it has something of the quality of onanistic fantasy, the high life as lived with very little connection to realities elsewhere. Can it be a coincidence that while NETHERLAND was built around the game of cricket, as a force binding immigrant communities together, its pale echo here is scuba diving, a solitary sport essentially pursued alone?

Onanism might be a good word for the first-person narrator's use of language. I thought at first that O'Neill's European stylistic polish had merely turned in on itself and become mandarin. Here he is, for example, ironically musing on a world where direct communication is discouraged: "Arguably it is a little mad to covertly inhabit a bodiless universe of candor and reception. But surely real lunacy would be to pitch selfhood's tent in the world of exteriors. Let me turn the proposition around: only a lunatic would fail to distinguish between himself and his representative self." OK, the guy is intelligent, and it flatters the reader to be able to keep up with him, but need it be quite so exhausting? And when he applies his legalistic logic to the breakup of his relationship with Jenn (remember, O'Neill trained as a lawyer too), the result is self-parody:

"Rather, during this final, frightful argument, she was digging and putting down the conceptual foundtion for subsequent extreme action by her the legitimacy of which in the eyes of the officious bystander, that spirit who cannot be placated but must be, depended, first, on the transformation of the history of our private feelings and dealings into a thing (in the legal sense) from which Jenn might derive (quasi-) proprietorial/contractual rights; and, second, on the license customarily granted to persons claiming to enforce (quasi-) proprietorial/contractual rights and/or claiming to redress a violation of those rights as a justification for actions that would, in the absence of the license, be viewed by the bystander as unruly and deplorable."

Towards the end, the narrator takes scraps of eMail or Facebook postings and subjects them to fanatical deconstruction in the manner of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's blogs in AMERICANAH. I did not like them in her book when there was a story to interrupt; I like them even less in his when there is virtually no story at all. Looking back at my review of NETHERLAND, I see that I praised O'Neill for his deeply moving ability to speak from the heart. Where is that heart now?
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