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    The Lost Dog (Hardback) By (author) Michelle de Kretser

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    DescriptionTom Loxley is holed up in a remote cottage in the bush, trying to finish a book on Henry James and the Uncanny when his dog goes missing, trailing a length of orange twine, tied with firm knots. Tom's lonely childhood in India taught him to tie knots but not to hold on...The house belongs to Nelly Zhang, an elusive artist with whom Tom has become enthralled. The narrative spans ten days while Tom searches for his dog...and loops back in time to take the reader on a breathtaking journey into glittering worlds far beyond the present tragedy, from an Anglo-Indian childhood to the brittle contemporary Melbourne art scene, from Tom's scratchy, unbearably poignant relationship with his ailing mother to the unanswered puzzles in Nelly's past - her husband also disappeared in the bush.And the reader fears for Tom as well as for the dog. Set in present-day Australia and mid-20th century India, here is a haunting, layered work that vividly counterpoints new cityscapes and their inhabitants with the untamed, ancient continent beyond. With its atmosphere of menace and an acute sense of the unexplained in any story, it illuminates the collision of the wild and the civilised, modernity and the past, home and exile. "The Lost Dog" is a mystery and a love story, an exploration of art and nature, a meditation on ageing and the passage of time. It is a book of wonders: a gripping contemporary novel which examines the weight of history as well as different ways of trying to grasp the world.


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    Title
    The Lost Dog
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Michelle de Kretser
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 304
    Width: 161 mm
    Height: 241 mm
    Thickness: 26 mm
    Weight: 520 g
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780701182106
    ISBN 10: 0701182105
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    DC22: 823.92
    BISAC V2.8: FIC019000
    Publisher
    VINTAGE
    Imprint name
    CHATTO & WINDUS
    Publication date
    01 May 2008
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Michelle de Kretser was born in Sri Lanka and migrated to Australia with her family in 1972. She has taught English at the University of Melbourne, as well as working as an editor and book reviewer. Her novels, The Rose Grower (1999) and The Hamilton Case (2003), have been published across the world and translated into several languages. The Hamilton Case was awarded the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for South-East Asia and the Pacific, the Encore Award and the Tasmania Pacific Prize for Australian and New Zealand fiction. She lives in Melbourne.
    Review quote
    "Multilayered and beguiling....The Hamilton Case does enchant, certainly, but--more important--the book admirably and resolutely sees the world as it really is." -- New York Times Book Review "William Boyd"