Of Wild Dogs

Of Wild Dogs

by Jane Taylor



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ISBN-13: 9781919930848
Publisher: Double Storey Books
Publication date: 09/01/2010
Series: Fiction Africa Series
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

JANE TAYLOR is the joint winner of the English Academy Olive Schreuner Prize for Prose in 2006.

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Of Wild Dogs 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
smik on LibraryThing 22 days ago
I found this a difficult novel to get started on. One of the problems for me was the complexity of its sentence structure and the density of the writing. Sometimes words just got in the way.The second hurdle was the novel's structure. I struggled to bring the characters that I met in the first four chapters together into some sort of feasible story line. I was well over 50 pages in before I had any idea of what was going on. There were times when I felt the author was playing academic games with the reader, and others when I felt I was catching the tail end of a lecture. There was even one very short chapter which out of the blue was written in the first person.However I can see why OF WILD DOGS stuck a chord with those who award the Olive Schreiner Prize (see below). There was certainly a lot of comment on South African culture and environment. I have come away understanding a little more local culture, I think. It does have a clever plot, but it just felt a bit manipulated at times.My rating: 4.2Jane Taylor has been the Skye Chair of Dramatic Art at the University of the Witwatersrand. She is the winner of the Olive Schreiner Prize for Of Wild Dogs, her first novel, which was published in 2005. (The Olive Schreiner Prize is an annual award to new and emergent talent administered by the English Academy of South Africa)