WE THINK THE WORLD OF YOU by J. R. Ackerley

WE THINK THE WORLD OF YOU

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This is the first American presentation of an English writer whose books have appeared at infrequent intervals, most recently My Dog Tulip which dealt with the author's relationship with a dog. Here too Evie, an exceptional Alsatian bitch, is central to the story which, however, concerns more broadly the varieties of love and the tragi-comedy of its pursuit. It is told, in the first person, by Frank- and involves his attachment to Johnny, a very personable young man who is serving a prison term. Johnny is the owner of Evie, and during the course of the action here- which largely pertains to Frank's efforts to appropriate Evie- it becomes quite obvious that Evie is his lien with Johnny. And while he is inevitably to be just as possessed- by Evie, the dog remains unattainable while Johnny's family, a scruffy lot, keep Evie out of his reach although chafing in chains in their wretched backyard... Ackerley is a subtle writer- for tastes perhaps to be acquired, and not too easily by an American audience which may find the British lower class idiom a difficult one.

ISBN: 1590173953
Publisher: Ivan Obolensky