Official Review: Gone to the Dogs by Simon Gary

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Official Review: Gone to the Dogs by Simon Gary

Post by srividyag1 » 11 May 2019, 13:07

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Gone to the Dogs" by Simon Gary.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Gone to the Dogs by Simon Gary is the story of a fictional television show of the same name. The story unfolds through the words of its cast, producer and writers during interviews. The book reads like a homage to a show aired during the '70s. Excerpts from certain episodes are also featured. Even though the book is about the show, the real lives of the actors also unfold through the interviews and archive transcripts. The foreword makes it seem like it is an actual show even though it is entirely fictional.

The story progresses through the interviews of seven actors, two writers and the producer. They recall the events during the filming of the show over a period of five years. We see the same incidents being perceived by the different characters in various ways. We witness the characters develop as we read the transcripts. Their nature gradually changes over the course of five years. We observe alliances and enmities forming. The notable thing about this book is that there is no narrator. Similarly, there are no heroes or villains. Everyone is just human and prone to mistakes. Everyone gets a chance to talk about their side of the story. Despite the humorous narrative, a sense of foreboding looms as the characters open up to the interviewers.

This book has eccentric characters and hilarious dialogues. The character descriptions are funny as well as sharp. For example, in an interview, one character describes another in this manner: “He always seemed something of an innocent, being pulled through life in a perpetual state of shock.” Many quotes like this one resonated with me: “Whilst for us, looking on, nothing had happened, everything happened; no-one would be the same again.” Many of the department titles and movie names were fictional and ridiculously funny.

This book seems like a satire of modern society and reminds us of simpler times. However, this quote informs us that, perhaps, people have not changed at all: “Seems to me that we live in a society where people look for things to be outraged by.” The author also suggests a straightforward solution to this: “What is 'offensive' anyway? If you don’t like it, then don’t watch it! Pah!” This book surprised me in many ways because I was not expecting so many twists in what I thought was just another British comedy. I want to say more about this book, but I am afraid it would spoil the twists for everyone reading this review.

I give Gone to the Dogs by Simon Gary 4 out of 4 stars despite finding some grammatical errors. The book had well-developed characters, and I could not find any other flaw. I recommend this to anyone who is a fan of British comedy with unexpected twists. The author has accomplished a brilliant job of maintaining the proper timelines so that the events unfold in a sequential manner. However, since the story develops through multiple perspectives, some readers might find it difficult to connect the same incident being narrated by various people.

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Post by Ellylion » 17 May 2019, 12:04

Oh, that British sense of humor! :) Itching to read this book, loved the quotes you mentioned :D Thank you so much for a great review!
I guess, this book has a wisdom given in a humorous form, which is always the best!

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Post by janinewesterweel » 17 May 2019, 13:10

Your review is very impressive, and I usually love British humour but somehow I'm just not feeling it with this one. I think I'll have to pass. Maybe it's to do with the format?
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Post by Stephanie Elizabeth » 17 May 2019, 15:28

Great review! I like that the author included humourous descriptions of characters.

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Post by Washboard » 17 May 2019, 15:41

I was not convinced in picking this book up until I read your review. I am adding it to my list now! It has been a while since I have read some good British humor. Oh, excuse me, humour.

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Post by Nisha Ward » 17 May 2019, 17:46

Satire is always good and I do love British humour. I also love shows about shows, so this book sounds like absolute fun to me.
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Post by srividyag1 » 17 May 2019, 21:53

Ellylion wrote:
17 May 2019, 12:04
Oh, that British sense of humor! :) Itching to read this book, loved the quotes you mentioned :D Thank you so much for a great review!
I guess, this book has a wisdom given in a humorous form, which is always the best!
Yes, I'm a big fan of P.G.Wodehouse. That particular brand of humour. Thanks for stopping by to comment!!
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Post by srividyag1 » 17 May 2019, 21:54

janinewesterweel wrote:
17 May 2019, 13:10
Your review is very impressive, and I usually love British humour but somehow I'm just not feeling it with this one. I think I'll have to pass. Maybe it's to do with the format?
Or Maybe, it's because I've said that there's an ominous feel to the entire book, like something bad is always looming. I think you should give this a try, though. I hope my review didn't deter you from partaking of such a wonderful book. Thanks for the comment!!
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Post by srividyag1 » 17 May 2019, 21:55

Stephanie Elizabeth wrote:
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Great review! I like that the author included humourous descriptions of characters.
Yes, it makes this book even more enjoyable. Thanks for the comment!!
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Post by srividyag1 » 17 May 2019, 21:56

Washboard wrote:
17 May 2019, 15:41
I was not convinced in picking this book up until I read your review. I am adding it to my list now! It has been a while since I have read some good British humor. Oh, excuse me, humour.
He he. That brand of humour!!
I'm honoured that my review assisted you in making a decision to read this book. I'm sure you'll not be disappointed. Thanks for your comment!!
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Post by srividyag1 » 17 May 2019, 21:57

Nisha Ward wrote:
17 May 2019, 17:46
Satire is always good and I do love British humour. I also love shows about shows, so this book sounds like absolute fun to me.
I'm sure you'd love this book. Thanks for stopping by to comment!!
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Post by ElizaBeth Adams » 18 May 2019, 08:40

How clever! This one is definitely out-of-the-box. I don't always appreciate British humor, but others in my life do. I'll keep it in mind for them.

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Post by Brendan Donaghy » 18 May 2019, 09:09

It sounds quite an unusual format to the book, which might make it different to read. Your review has made it more likely that I'll give it a go. Thanks for that!

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I love when authors use unique formats to tell stories. I think that this is definitely a book I will be checking out. Great review!
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Post by Uinto » 20 May 2019, 06:27

I like humorous books and look forward to reading this one. Thanks for a nice review.

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