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Red Dog is a book by a writer in love. While passing through a town in the Australian outback, novelist Louis de Bernières discovered a statue of a dog. Intrigued, he made inquiries, and was swamped by locals with tales of a wildly charismatic creature named Tally Ho. De Bernières, author of Corelli's Mandolin, has fashioned a charming picaresque of Tally's misdeeds and miRed Dog is a book by a writer in love. While passing through a town in the Australian outback, novelist Louis de Bernières discovered a statue of a dog. Intrigued, he made inquiries, and was swamped by locals with tales of a wildly charismatic creature named Tally Ho. De Bernières, author of Corelli's Mandolin, has fashioned a charming picaresque of Tally's misdeeds and misadventures, not least of which involve the animal's enormous appetite (complemented by an equally enormous flatulence). "Tally," he writes, "was the most notorious canine dustbin in the whole neighbourhood. With apparent relish he ate paper bags, sticks, dead rats, butterflies, apple peel, eggshells, used tissues and socks." De Bernières' enchantment with this "dustbin" is a reflection of a larger rapture: here is a writer who has fallen for Australia itself. He wittily captures the country's cadences, its landscape, its weakness for the (literal) underdog. --Claire Dederer...

Title : Red Dog
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ISBN : 9780436256172
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Number of Pages : 119 Pages
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Red Dog Reviews

  • ·Karen·
    2019-06-14 20:33

    Plain tales, simply told, based on true stories of a dog who lived in the Pilbara area of Western Australia in the 1970s. Red Dog obviously touches a chord with the iron ore mining community among whom he lives: defiant, self-sufficient, obstinate, and thoroughly undomesticated, he embodies the pioneer spirit, the mongrel mentality, the sense of independence of that far-flung community. It's funny what heroes we memorialize with statuary:Oh, and there was a film too:Funny, too, what will keep our little minds fairly amused while gently recuperating from a double whammy bug. This has been on my shelves forever, if I remember right my Mum pressed it on me in return for passing on to her my copy of Corelli's Mandolin (not a keeper). Thus it didn't actually cost me anything, but I do wonder about the price that publishers will demand for something that provides no more than 90 minutes of entertainment.

  • Michael
    2019-06-18 22:22

    This is a piquant fictional account of a real dog in Western Australia who achieved a vibrant independent life and captured the hearts of a broad community of people. Red Dog was a kelpie (medium-sized herding breed) who abandoned his first owner for the pleasures of multiple “homes” and travel. He learned to catch rides by car and bus and expanded his range until he became known and supported over a large region. Red Dog’s adventures are recounted in a short book that makes you want more. The tale reveals the various fascinating ways he intersected the lives of people he “adopted” along the way. His career bears comparison with that of Ted Kerasote’s wonderful comprehensive memoir Merle's Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog, a Colorado dog who also achieved the run of his community, though differing in retaining one owner. In breaking the bonds of the servile role expected of family dogs, Red Dog also shares some similarities with Farley Mowatt’s heartwarming tall tales of his boyhood dog in The Dog Who Wouldn't Be.The book itself is a work of art, published with thick vellum pages and beautiful evocative illustrations. It also benefits from the prose skills of the author of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin and Birds without Wings.

  • notgettingenough
    2019-06-21 02:42

    Haven't read, but seen the movie, upon a high recommendation. (Noela, you have a lot of making up to do.) I see that in the book the dog's only 'master' is half-Maori. In the movie they have made him American, played by an actor of some note, presumably because Americans don't watch movies that don't have an American connection. Cringe. I do wish Australians and English movie-makers would stop doing that. For me it spoilt the movie, if it had been made for an Australian market, as most of those sorts of films are locally, I imagine it would have been a much better thing. More like The Castle, for example, which made no effort whatsoever to appeal to non-Australians and is far superior.

  • Nancy Oakes
    2019-05-25 21:27

    Red Dog actually existed; the author notes in the author's note that the stories he tells in the book are all based in reality, and that all he invented were the characters. He first came across mention of Red Dog in 1998 when he went to Perth to attend a literature festival; part of the program was that the author would make his way to Karratha, a mining town to the north. There he came across a bronze statue of Red Dog, and wanted to find out more. To write the book, he later returned to the area, and just drove around & collected stories about Red Dog. He got some of his info from newspaper cuttings as well as two other books published about the dog in Australia. The book is only 119 pages long of which the last three contain a brief glossary of Aussie terms. I read that part first and I would advise you to do the same. The story itself isn't one long narrative, but rather short little glimpses of Red Dog's life and adventures. Red Dog was loved by many people, didn't really have an owner, and was independent and assertive enough so that people let him have his way, and eventually, a majority of the people who came in touch with Red Dog ended up loving him. The book is at times laugh-out-loud funny & you actually begin to feel that you are getting to know this dog while you're reading the book. The story is heartwarming yet a little sad at the end, but what a great story it is!To be quite honest, I don't normally like stories about animals, and I picked this up only because it was recommended to me as a choice for novels set in Australia or by Australian authors, but I ended up absolutely loving this book. I would simply recommend it to EVERYONE, dog lover or no. For you cat people, there are some funny bits about a cat in here.

  • Amy
    2019-05-28 20:29

    I read this book in essentially one sitting, put it down, and heaved a huge sigh of contentment. I have two other books by this author on my "to be read" pile, but picked this one up because it was sent to me by quinnsmom. (Did you know today is her birthday? Happy, happy, chica!)Anyhow, though this is simply told, I got very involved in the characters. I could relate to dogs that pass gas, cats that hiss, people that live life fully and all sorts of thing. What I didn't expect was the full range of emotions that this book would carry me through. There are some very sad bits, but no more than life brings us in the normal twists and turns. I found myself thinking of Greyfriars Bobby, the dog from Edinburgh with the lovely statue (Here's the Wiki entry.) Dog loyalty is a wonderful thing. And the nice thing in Red Dog's case, is that he had the love and affection of an entire community.Anyhow, I liked this a lot, and wandered around on the net to find a picture of the statue.

  • Courtney
    2019-06-21 23:27

    As both a dog-lover (understatement) and an Aussie, how could I not love this short little tale of a dog with such character and personality (and wind)? It's incredible that the author never met this dog, the way he writes about the mischief and adventures is so genuine and feels so real, like it could be your own dog or you neighbour's dog he's describing. John was also a fantastic character, the kind of guy you'd love to be able to count amongst your close friends. The rural Australian slang was dead on and the imagery of Australia's scorching, hellish summers and diverse landscape was delightful to read. I wanted to read this before seeing the film and I'm so glad I did. Best part? You can knock it over in a couple of hours and put it down feeling content and cheerful.

  • Marianne
    2019-05-31 19:22

    Red Dog is the 5th book by Louis de Bernieres and was inspired when de Bernieres visited the West Australian town of Karratha for a literary dinner and came across the bronze statue to Red Dog outside the town of Dampier. As the author learned more about the dog, he formulated the novel, which is essentially an amalgamation of the anecdotes told about this much loved animal, his endearing and also his annoying habits, his ability to get under the guard of the most hardened characters, and his eventual search for the master he loved and missed and seemed determined to track down. It is a heart-warming tale.

  • Sally
    2019-06-21 22:45

    Quite randomly grabbed this in the bookswap, and I'm very glad I did now! Although with this book, Beth has now witnessed just how much I really can sob my heart out over a book... jeez, this easily got me as bad as Thunderwith did - twice over! I was crying so hard by the time Bill was unable to put Red Dog down that I couldn't see anymore. When I managed to return to the book, I barely made it through the next (and last) like, six pages before once more being blinded. It makes it worse that this was a true story and that really happened. I hope that the men found out who was responsible and went and performed a little vigilante justice of their own. Justifiable homicide for sure. People make me so upset sometimes, especially where animals are involved. :(This was a gorgeous book - basically the tale of a dog who, in his short life, becomes famous pretty much throughout the entire of WA. This was in the 70s and the outback towns were small, where everyone knew each other and knew the Red Dog. It was simply amazing to read, such a joy and delight! And though the author was not Australian, he did a pretty good job at writing a book about Australians, set in Australia. There were a couple of misuses of the word 'dag', and maybe one or two other things that weren't natural or were a bit too OTT, but apart from that it was really well done and just the sort of thing I needed to read. A beautiful dog and the beautiful outback - even if the ending did damn well destroy me.I seriously need to go and find the most cheerful book on my shelf right now after that!

  • Felisberto
    2019-05-25 19:22

    Esta é uma história muito bonita. Sem grandes profunidades, a leitura deste livro leva-nos longe. Os nossos olhos são guiados pela vida animal, num percurso simples e rico de fantasia e imaginação.Assistimos à humanização de uma animal que realmente existiu - o que é fantástico. O livro é bem interessante e vale a pena para qualquer idade. É cheio de magia-viva: magia-animal.Fica na cabeça a história e as peripécias do cão vermelho, fazendo deste livro algo de muito bom para se ler. Envolve-nos gradualmente até que o cão-personagem, é nosso. O cão vermelho é o nosso cão, quer o nosso cão-imaginário, quer aquele/aqueles que cerdadeiramente temos em nossas casas. Resumidamente: quem não gostar e sentir a vida animal, não gosta e não sente a vida deste livro.

  • Gwyn
    2019-06-14 23:29

    If this author didn't have a bestseller or five already under his belt, I'd like to have heard him try and pitch this book to a publisher- "Well, it's a collection of true stories about a flatulent red dog in Western Australia, and, along the way, we all learn something about human nature, the immigrant experience and the incipient stirrings of a new culture in the Southern hemisphere." Luckily, Louis DeBernieres has enough money to do whatever he pleases these days and as a result we have this book of mythic vignettes from the life of one `Red Dog'. Written in a style and vocabulary that wouldn't challenge your average 12-year-old, Red Dog relates stories as told to the author by people who actually knew the titular beastie. The Aussie dialect jumps off the page like a colourful episode of Neighbours as swagmen, kookaburras and `strewthing' all put in regular appearances and bring the warmly described characters to life. It won't take you more than a couple of hours to read the whole book, but even so, I'd recommend reading it a chapter at a time over several days as its effects are subtle and you'll be sorry you finished it so quickly. I can't think of another book that covers this kind of ground so well.

  • Mozette
    2019-05-29 00:21

    I firstly went to see the movie - as it was out on the big screen and I didn't know it was a book before a movie. Then, I went out to look at how much the book was and found it was far too expensive to purchase it for myself; however that afternoon, Mum bought it for me! How's that for fate! I was supposed to read this book!I loved Red Dog. His character is strong in this book. I laughed out loud to the stories in this book; no matter how far-fetched they seem. But, it looks like you have to be a dog owner to know exactly what Red Dog went through... to understand him. This is a great, touching and brilliant book. Makes me want to get another dog; and I look at dogs differently again... not that I looked at them in any other way; just that they were always our mates. Red Dog was a friend to all.

  • Poonam
    2019-05-28 23:40

    I had already watched movie about The Red Dog. I picked up the book due to beautiful, minimalistic illustrations inside. The book was a quick read. The places in Western Australia mentioned in the book were familiar to me due to my work: Dampier salt field, Hammerseley Iron, Karratha, Paraburdoo airport, Mt Tom Price. But, I felt I had better hold on these locations now. The selfless bond between different people of Pilbara and the red dog was sweet. The incident when they lose pay as well as spend travel/vet cost to get Red dog treated because he was shot is touching. A recommended quick read, esp for animal lovers. Here is some Perth love on Instagram:

  • Hobbes
    2019-06-04 01:35

    Red Dog was a Red Cloud kelpie, full of character with an insatiable appetite and an even larger appetite for a wandering life, always managing to find any action to be found. I can see why Louis de Bernieres became obsessed with Red Dog's story and the massive impact he made on countless people and other animals. He became renowned throughout North-Western Australia ensuring his legend remains. Very few dogs get such literal and figurative mileage out of life.I love my dogs above all else and I love, love Red Dog for his intelligence, friendly companionship, and above all his indomitable spirit.

  • Erin Wasley
    2019-06-16 23:25

    This is the reason Australian stories shouldn't be written by non-Australians. This collection of awkwardly phrased sentences - which relied on a plethora of unnecessary drawings to reach the page numbers required to be published as a book - is an insult to anyone who considers themselves Australian. The book is populated with caricatures and offensive stereotypes that make Australians look mentally deficient.The movie was a heartwrenching look at the loneliness of Northern WA mixed with down to earth humour and a message of mateship. The book is, in a single word, disappointing.

  • Dana Nucera
    2019-05-27 18:38

    I loved this little book. I read it in one day. It's a true story about a dog that lived in Australia and belonged to everyone. It is hard to believe this dog did the things that people say he did, but being a dog lover I believe every word of it. If you ever looked at a dog and wondered what he would say if he could talk, then you should read this book.

  • Jessica
    2019-06-03 20:30

    Could have read this in one day but I got interrupted by exams this week. This was a really cute and I can see myself reading this to my children. I recommend this book if you just want a light read which will make you laugh a little and cry a little.

  • Bert Zee
    2019-06-12 01:28

    AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE OI OI OI...Yay, go Red Dog... I was feeling a little sad and miserable this week and needed something fun to cheer me up so I chose Red Dog by Louis De Bernieres, it was perfect... I, like pretty much the entire population of Australia was charmed off my feet when the movie Red Dog was released a few years ago, it was such a nice simple story for all Aussies and animal lovers, I never really thought I'd read the book because I'd read Captain Corelli's Mandolin by De Bernieres and found it such a tire however Red Dog is so different and so much better. For starters, you'd never know this book wasn't written by a local Australian person, he gets the dialect and way of life so down pat, it's a true accomplishment really as getting Australia right in movies, books and television is very hard for a non-Australian to do. The story of Red (aka Bluey) is so beautiful, it's a wonderful little tale of a dog who belonged to no one but loved by everyone, made all the more better for me because I knew and was very good friends with a dog just like Red, his name wasn't Red but he was everyone's mate and had the soul of a human, so intelligent.I'm really happy that I read this book, it was the perfect pick me up... Funny, charming and very Australian... I'll raise a glass tonight for Red :)

  • Célia
    2019-06-09 02:26

    Sabia muito pouco sobre este livro antes de o ter iniciado, e foi já durante a leitura que descobri que se baseia em factos reais. Pelos vistos, na década de 1970, viveu um cão muito singular na Austrália Ocidental. Cão Vermelho, assim era chamado, era um cão de raça Kelpie australiana que ficou famoso pelo seu gosto pelas viagens e pela empatia que criava com as pessoas com quem se ia cruzando. O Cão Vermelho apanhava boleia de conhecidos e, assim, ia explorando as várias localidades a seu bel-prazer. Ficou também conhecido pelo seu apetite voraz e pelo mau cheiro que partilhava com os seus companheiros de viagem.Este pequeno livrinho é composto por vários capítulos onde o autor nos vai dando conta das várias aventuras conhecidas do Cão Vermelho, complementadas com ilustrações que, na minha opinião, dão ao livro um toque juvenil de forma muito apropriada. É quase impossível não simpatizar com o Cão Vermelho, com a sua perspicácia e com o espírito livre que encarnava, simbolizando certamente algumas das principais características dos australianos.A grande maioria das situações relatadas dão verdadeiramente a ideia da sigularidade deste animal e da forma como conseguiu unir uma comunidade. É um livro fofinho, com algumas lições pelo meio, mas sem ser nada de absolutamente extraordinário. Parece-me uma boa história para partilhar em família.

  • Gemma Nugent
    2019-06-05 18:21

    I saw the Red Dog movie last year, and I did love it. But it is typical for me to prefer the book to the movie and this was no exception. Mind you, being a native Western Australian, I have been to some of the places where these stories are set so perhaps it is easier for me to visualise the scenery and the local atmosphere. In any event, this is a much loved tale in our north west, and I think De Berniere did it good justice. It's quite hard to believe that he isn't a native Australian, he did an excellent job of capturing the dialogue and the general feeling in some of WA's mining towns. It was good to read about a time when there was still a sense of community in those places, which I suspect has been largely lost with the dominance of the fly-in fly-out workforce in the iron ore industry. Anyway, maybe I'm a bit of a softy for a story about a kelpie, but as testament to the depth of emotion that these stories triggered in me, I found myself in tears when John died and again of course when Red Dog meets his own end.

  • Jack Pringle
    2019-06-14 21:20

    I chose to read this book as it was a suggestion from my sister and i had also just seen the new movie on Red Dog. This book fits under the 'book that has been made into a film' section on the wide reading bingo board.My favourite quote from this book is "get him out before he demolishes the whole place. I found this to be a relevant quote to Red Dogs character as he was a wild, free and messy dog. I also found this quote interesting because I can relate to the the messy nature of a dog because i have a dog of my own.My favourite character in the this book is obviously Red Dog as he the highlight and comedy center of this short novel. He seems to get up to many mischievous things such as: Red dog at the beach BBQ, when he steels the juicy steak from the grill.I learn't from this book that you should never be held at home. You should be out doing things you wish to do, just like Red Dog does/did.I would recommend this book to children and adults of any ages because anyone can read this book and think about Red Dog in any way of his character...

  • Bonny
    2019-06-20 02:46

    This is a remarkable story about a dog who has friends all over Western Australia. He is a free spirit and roams where he pleases making friends wherever he goes.If you have a dog, if you like dogs or even if you want to read a story about dogs and their human friends, you have to read this book.Seriously, this is arguably the best dog story I have ever read. It's a bit unusual because it's not a cute, feel good fiction story but the book is a memoir to a real dog. a dog who knew how to enjoy life and friendship on his own terms.If you like dogs or any other animal fir that matter, read this book. I rarely read any book more than once, but I'm starting right back at the beginning, right now. It is a short book but very enjoyable.

  • Suncan Stone
    2019-06-19 22:47

    Seems like a slow start, in which you think that it is just a collection of stories about a semi wild dog in the Australian outback. And well, this could be the case. But as you move along it starts to grow on you. The style is convincing and you slowly forget you are reading a book. Didn't really think I will like it when I started off, but by the end I started thinking I need to read something else by Louis. Or maybe that is just my love for animals and my deeply buried faith in human goodness speaking from me. I don't know. Read it an find out for youself - it is less than a 2 hour job anyway.

  • Cedar
    2019-06-12 23:44

    People have been raving about the film, some saying its life changing, others that they are not sure why but that it means so much to them, that it has made them feel. On the whole the stories are beautiful. Filled with compassion and love for a dog with immense spirit and love. Anyone who loves dogs, and anyone who understands that dogs are mans best friend, and smarter than they are given credit for. The writing style is easy, and a young teen could pick it up and read it with no problems. I cried... I'm sure everyone does.

  • Ana
    2019-06-21 23:40

    Podem ler a minha opinião completa no Floresta de Livros.Adorei ler este livrinho que me conseguiu deixar bem humorada de cada vez que pegava nele.Só achei que o tipo de escrita utilizada (embora adequada), deixou transparecer um certo "afastamento emocional", que no final da narrativa, quando esta se tornava mais dramática, pecou na intensidade e me impediu realmente de amar este livroAinda assim, foi uma leitura que pretendo repetir muitas vezes.

  • Shannon
    2019-06-12 01:32

    Finally got around to reading this one after seeing that they've made a movie out of the famous "Red dog". A very easy read by my favourite author. Red Dog is the story of a dog who belongs to no one in particular (but he does have a best mate)and goes wherever he pleases. Mostly fictional but de Bernieres did spend a couple of weeks in WA researching. Had a little tear in the end but I found all the short stories inside completely delightful. A good, easy one for dog/pet lovers.

  • Anthony Cassidy
    2019-06-07 21:24

    Although I have seen the movie a number of times, I enjoyed the book, mostly because of the many characters, but also it was charming in the way it was told in two parts, In times of John, and post John.Red dog was as much a character of the times, as well as a dog for all people, and a unique fixture of the North-West of our great state,and remembered in bronze just to top it all off.A fun read.

  • Looosie
    2019-05-26 21:34

    This book will always get me. It's inspirational, uplifting and heartwarming. I don't think I had ever read a book that has made me feel just about every emotion possible, before this one. The characters are high spirited, lovable Australians and the dog ... well, what can you say about Red dog. You can't help but love him. I would suggest that at some point, everybody (animal lover or not) should read this book. NOTE: 'Red Dog' the movie actually does the book justice.

  • Vanda
    2019-06-22 18:31

    Adorei o livro! Todas a histórias do Vermelho, tudo o que ele passou... E ver que ele era amado e acarinhado por pessoas de locais tão distantes! Gostava de o ter conhecido! :)No fim do livro fiquei com um nó na garganta... Sinto-me como se o tivesse conhecido e andado por lá com ele!O livro lê-se muito bem!

  • Laura
    2019-06-22 22:33

    A very sweet and touching story that shows off that quintessential Australian outback spirit and the love of a community (or rather, several!) for a dog. Louis de Bernieres gives Red such a poignant yet utterly believable voice that Red Dog will make you grin, giggle and gasp. Read in one sitting - loved it - read it!

  • Karen Jeffery
    2019-06-22 21:40

    Listened to this as an audio book whilst on a road trip up the west coast of Australia. The surroundings, along with the fact that we had just recently lost our dog Sam (at a ripe old age of 20), this book was just beautiful to me...I fell in love with red dog and his story. It made me laugh and also had me in tears. Anyone who has had a dog and likes a bit of Australiana, read this.