4.0 out of 5 stars
A Red Dog's Tale, Feb. 11 2002
Red Dog is the new novella by Louis de Bernieres, one of Britain's best contemporary writers, and represents an exciting new departure in his fiction.
In this beautiful book, Louis de Bernieres celebrates the life of a real Red Dog that lived in Western Australia during the 1970s.
It conveys a real sense of this marvellous dog's character, who was a real people's friend and was widely known and loved in Western Australia, where it got into all sorts of amusing scrapes during its lifetime.
This book, which is a novella rather than a novel due to its shortness, stands out from the rest of Louis de Bernieres work as different: it does not have the serious political undertones of earlier novels such as Captain Corelli's Mandolin, the bestseller that made Louis de Bernieres literary name; it is, however, tragicomic like his first three books, because of its ending; but, it is far more positive - a celebration of a dog's life rather than a political critique.
It therefore represents a break with the past for Louis de Bernieres.
This funny and entertaining dog's tale gets my thumbs up!
(It also has some marvellous illustations by Alan Baker).