** The Dog by Joseph O’Neill

Written by the author Netherland, which I liked a lot, The Dog features a similar, lonely male hero whose girlfriend leaves him because he cannot commit to having children (in Netherlands, it was a wife’s desertion that caused the drifting) and who finds a job working for a shadowy family company in Dubai. With a great sense of the absurd, he drifts, mostly alone, in the glittering but anonymous society of expatriates. It will all come of a disastrous end, of course. I loved the well-observed description of Dubai business, although I felt the plot was somewhat amorphous.


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