"The thousands of readers who loved Corelli's Mandolin have waited impatiently for its author's next novel, so one understands why this innocuous little non-book was published. But why was it written?"
De Bernières's first book since his immensely popular fourth novel, Corelli's Mandolin
(1994), is a slender collection of 15 brief interrelated tales about a legendary mutt (1971-79) who became the beloved honorary "mate" of laborers in the salt- and iron-works of northwestern coastal Australia.
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