WINNER OF THE 2012 IMPAC DUBLIN AWARD On a cold, quiet day between Christmas and the New Year, a man's body is found in an abandoned apartment.
His friends look on, but they're dead, too. Their bodies found in squats and sheds and alleyways across the city.
Victims of a bad batch of heroin, they're in the shadows, a chorus keeping vigil as the hours pass, paying their own particular homage as their friend's body is taken away, examined, investigated, and cremated.
All of their stories are laid out piece by broken piece through a series of fractured narratives.
We meet Robert, the deceased, the only alcoholic in a sprawling group of junkies; Danny, just back from uncomfortable holidays with family, who discovers the body and futiley searches for his other friends to share the news of Robert's death; Laura, Robert's daughter, who stumbles into the junky's life when she moves in with her father after years apart; Heather, who has her own place for the first time since she was a teenager; Mike, the Falklands War vet; and all the others. Theirs are stories of lives fallen through the cracks, hopes flaring and dying, love overwhelmed by a stronger need, and the havoc wrought by drugs, distress, and the disregard of the wider world.
These invisible people live in a parallel reality, out of reach of basic creature comforts, like food and shelter.
In their sudden deaths, it becomes clear, they are treated with more respect than they ever were in their short lives.
Intense, exhilarating, and shot through with hope and fury, Even the Dogs is an intimate exploration of life at the edges of society--littered with love, loss, despair, and a half-glimpse of redemption.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 208 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Publication Date: 04/01/2011
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781408809471
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Review by mary.mchale
Powerful moving book depicting addicts' lives.Begins with the finding of Robert's body in his ruined flat and then recreates his neglected life as those who knew him look on as his body is examined ,investigated and cremated. As they watch their own stories unfurl stories of lives fallen through the cracks.The narrative is cinematic,like a camera sweeping over the horrors.it is non judgemental and compasssionate,structured through unfinished lines and unanswered questions with beautiful prose.I found it powerful and moving and its characters stayed with me long afterwards
Review by Nataliec7
So this is the first book by Jon Mcgregor that I've attempted to read and I just found it<br/><br/>This book lacks puntuation and doesn't finish<br/><br/>I mean try reading it and you will<br/><br/>If this is his writing syle then I won't