Discussion: The Lost Dog, by Michelle de Kretser (NO SPOILERS)
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I seem to be the only one reading it this Orange Month, hopefully others will read it another time, as it is quite a wonderful book.
The characters are very complex, the language is lush, the plot and background stories are being slowly revealed. What's not to like? (Well, if the lost dog comes a cropper, I might be seriously peeved. At the moment, its still missing. And nameless, but I don't think we're going to get a name.)
I particularly like how de Kretser has captured Australia, both urban and the bush. She's set it in (and around) Melbourne (which remains nameless, but I recognised some of the areas she describes), and I keep on recognising all sorts of bits of the area.
This morning I finished a passage about modern greed and spending. I want to copy it all out but 1) I'm at work; and 2) it went for several pages. :)
I did like it, although it was definitely too hot today to read a dense literary work. Luckily I was on the final pages (and an airconditioned bus!) so it wasn't too difficult. (The last pages of any book fly by for me.)
Judy, my reservations would be the confusions: too much jumping around in time, too much ambiguous language. It did enhance the book (I felt that confusion was one of its underlying ideas), but also, well, confused me at times. :)
I hope some others give it a chance, another Orange month!
Frederick McCubbin's "The Lost Child":
And the Skipping Girl:
She was a neon sign, advertising malt vinegar, and apparently quite iconic (on the Melbourne skyline).