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Is it possible to be too much in love? After ten years in London, Martin Blackman returns to Adelaide with his wife and fellow psychiatrist Lucy, blissfully happy. But then he introduces her to his old friend Felix, once a brilliant surgeon, now barred from practising and changed beyond recognition. In the complex triangle that develops, Martin must decide just how far heIs it possible to be too much in love? After ten years in London, Martin Blackman returns to Adelaide with his wife and fellow psychiatrist Lucy, blissfully happy. But then he introduces her to his old friend Felix, once a brilliant surgeon, now barred from practising and changed beyond recognition. In the complex triangle that develops, Martin must decide just how far he is prepared to go for Felix. So begins the darkest of journeys for all three of them......

Title : Three Dog Night
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ISBN : 9780140281033
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 342 Pages
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Three Dog Night Reviews

  • Clare
    2019-05-19 23:29

    This would have been so much more effective in short story form. There’s not enough storyline to cover the 340 pages and it really drags as a result. A married couple return back to Adelaide after ten years in England, Martin hopes to reconcile with his best friend Felix. However he finds out that Felix has changed beyond recognition. There’s really not much more to it than this. I found all of the characters unlikeable and couldn’t bring myself to care for them. Martin sets out to help his estranged friend to great personal cost to himself and his relationship with his wife Lucy. Their conclusions just don’t seem logical to me and their actions were never made to seem rational. I would have given up on this book if it were any longer.

  • Ilyhana Kennedy
    2019-05-01 00:15

    I'm an Australian with some familiarity with the cultures of some of our Australian Aboriginal peoples. So I'm likely to be sharp on some cultural aspects of this novel. Overall, I felt that there is an immaturity in the writing of this novel and having said that, I see the promise of more and better.The writing style of the novel is excellent, beautifully lyrical in places, eyes that truly see Australia's beauty.The pace is good.The structure of the novel is fairly restricting for the reader. The story is locked within the view of the character narrating, Martin. The central characters of the story are Felix and more subtly, Lucy. I think the characters would have been more accessible if narration came also from them or someone else's view of their behaviour.The premise of the story just didn't work for me.There's a darkness in this story. At no point however, not even in the ending could I credit that Lucy would act the way she did. The story failed to substantiate her actions.I felt distinctly uncomfortable with the narrator's assertions about his own guilt and shame. I can hardly prescribe to the moral position that a person dying should have the right to waive the usual social mores and act as he pleases, have anything he wants. Lucy's actions appear patronising to me, rather than the "act of love" we are asked to accept.There is a dark undertone in this book as well, that suggests that men who've grown up together as 'brothers' see their wives as common sexual property available for bargaining. There's a highly predatory theme in this novel.Lucy is reduced to a sexual fantasy figure.I have a suspicion that a line of intercultural respect has been crossed with the lifting of elements of Aboriginal culture out of context, and especially where the cultural mores are compared with white Australian culture and told from a white Australian perspective.A fairly unsatisfying read for me. I was pretty annoyed with it by the time I read the conclusion.

  • Maggie
    2019-05-04 22:34

    I'd like to give this book one and a half stars, but am feeling generous tonight. I particularly disliked the characters, especially Felix and Lucy. I found them to be amoral and totally self indulgent, and it annoyed me that her behaviour / choices remains unexplained. Some of the other characterisations, for instance the guy with the fez, were flat, no depth. I tired of the story, and the characters by about half way through, and finished it only because a friend is going to ask me what I thought of it, and I'd like to be able to discuss it with her.I will not read anything else by this author. On second thoughts I'd like to give this book one star, but cant be bothered changing the rating now.

  • Louis Moresi
    2019-05-07 18:20

    1) Take the author's advice and do not look up penile subcision on google2) Powerful book about love, jealousy, betrayal and death. Many reviewers found it hard to connect with any of the characters on account of their inherent dislikability but I didn't get that at all. I found the downward trajectory of the entire book compelling and dreadful in equal measure. The language is elegant and a little strange but this, to me, harks forward to the desert languages with their rolling syllables and mimicry which thread the text.

  • Susan
    2019-05-10 01:23

    On page 244 the main character finally asks himself 'why?' - something I'd been asking since the beginning of the book. I could not understand why these people were doing the things they were doing. Made no sense at all. But after that the story got a whole lot more interesting, plenty of plot twists and turns, complex characters and choices to be made. By the end I really enjoyed it.

  • Roslyn
    2019-05-23 01:24

    My least favourite Goldsworthy book, about an unappealing anti-hero who is incredibly immature, self-centred and narcissistic. It also has some elements of Australia's search for reconciliation, as the protagonist goes on a typically self-indulgent road journey to the dessert.

  • Steve
    2019-05-19 02:17

    Enjoyed this, the hot Adelaide summer, then the desert, not a bad place to die.

  • Sally
    2019-05-05 18:06

    While I found this story to be enthralling, I think it was mainly to find an answer to the question 'How do people get themselves into such messes?' Unfortunately, an answer was not forthcoming. The characters were hard to picture, even though some of the more two dimensional beings reminded me a little of people I have known, despite the depiction of the very close knit Adelaide society and the inevitable connections it brings. I never really understood Martin and Lucy's marriage to be more than a convenient friendship. Their conversations about their work provided some insight into the story plot ahead and the notion of self-fulfilling prophecies. I was disappointed that Lucy's actions were not better explained beyond vague references to letters and heir contents. I mean ultimately we all want to know - who does that??

  • Chip
    2019-05-20 22:33

    I can't decide on whether this is a 2 or a 3 star book. It just left me feeling... meh... nothing. So I decided to be generous. I had this book recommended to me and about half way through another friend who had read it, was it worth my time to continue? Her response surprised me greatly (now that I have personally finished)."When you read "Once were Warriors", did you love the story line or was it more powerful than that?!"I'm convinced that we were speaking of another book other than "Three Dog Night". But I stuck it out I kept expecting, nay, hoping, it would get better only to be dreadful anti-climax... I've had a few books like this recently. Hopefully the next I pick up has more promise.

  • Tracey
    2019-05-01 23:16

    I loved and hated this book at the same time. The questions it raises about how far you would go for a friend or lover made it impossible for me to put it down, but dreadfully uncomfortable at the same time. The theme of selfishness, or selflessness, was painful to watch unfold. I recommend this book, but only if you have time or head-space for the inevitable self reflection that will follow reading.

  • Toula Vass
    2019-05-11 21:18

    I would highly recommend this book for its clever use of words and witty dialogue between the main characters as well as the very entertaining narrative. The plot itself is highly absorbing although the flawed characters may be unlikable do gain the reader's empathy as the novel progresses. Also, the highly desriptive scenery and references to the indigenous Australian culture and lifestyle evoked feeling and interest.

  • Caroline
    2019-05-13 22:11

    This book gave a very interesting perspective on both an Australian that returns home after living so many years abroad, as well as interesting insight to the Australian bush and the Aboriginal culture. The relationship between the 3 main characters is indeed complicated. I definitely was engaged with this book until the end...and then still wasn't quite sure what to think.

  • Judy
    2019-05-23 23:12

    What an amazing book. I felt I learned so much about about Australian Aboriginal desert culture. I loved the language and descriptions of landscapes and emotions. A book I will be thinking about for a long while.

  • Susan Lambe
    2019-05-14 00:15

    Fantastic read. Thoroughly enjoyable. Great pace. Well written. Good Australian fiction

  • Kate Irish
    2019-05-25 18:12

    Excellent, if at times confronting. I like Peter Goldsworthy very much. I prefer him to Tim Winton really, despite the fact that Tim Winton wins all the accolades

  • Kathy
    2019-05-07 18:22

    Really good read. Local setting lovely to relate to. Probably didn't take the direction I was anticipating... great local and indigenious references though.

  • Wendy Sice
    2019-05-17 02:08

    This is my first time reading this author and I was not disappointed. Three Dog Night is the story of doctors, Martin and Lucy, who move to Adelaide to live, and then reunite with Martin’s university friends from the past. At first, his best friend, Felix, is distant and even rude, but he takes a liking to Lucy and makes an effort to be more amiable. Soon, his interest becomes more serious, and an awkward triangle develops between the three of them. Dinner parties and tennis matches in the city contrast with a haunting journey through the sparse and beautiful desert landscape of South Australia and the Northern Territory chasing Felix’s darkest dreams. Goldsworthy’s prose is stunningly poetic and his portrayal of Martin’s despair is vivid and heart-wrenching. The Australian outback becomes a personality in itself, through the cry of the birds, and the song of the Aboriginal elders around the campfire. I was swept up in this sensual story of seduction and betrayal, rattling through the pages to discover Lucy’s ultimate decision. Give this one a go.

  • Laura Rittenhouse
    2019-05-14 00:33

    The writing style Mr Goldsworthy employed in this book was exceptional. I loved his prose, his descriptions (not too much, not too little) his characterisations, all of it. In the beginning I was sure I was on to a 5 star read. What dropped my rating was the plot, I just didn't buy it.Basically this book is about a couple moving to Adelaide from England. The husband is returning to his boyhood town, the wife is moving to a totally new environment. The husband's best friend is their first stop and he's changed beyond all recognition - physically and mentally. The strained (and strange) triangle that forms between these 3 people is founded on the emotional blackmail of a distressed man to have every whim satisfied and the compliant attitudes of his "friends". I didn't swallow a bit of it. I can accept a person wanting to be selfish, I can't imagine those he's burdening with his demands accepting them no matter how ridiculous and extreme. I tried to treat the plot as with a sci-fi book where you accept the premise on face value and go along for the ride but failed to manage it for long. My enjoyment of the writing was forever interrupted by yet another stretch of credibility.Complaints aside, this book is almost worth a read for the writing alone and when you add some good character development, interesting personal struggles and a peak behind the curtain look at outback Australia and its Aboriginal residents, it is worth picking up.

  • Renee
    2019-05-13 23:26

    An emotional roller coaster that pulled me in and dropped me afterwards; wound up and distraught. I was left pondering the philosophical questions Goldsworthy poses, obsessing over characters and their actions and unanswered intentions and most of all awestruck at the genius in storytelling and prose. Amazing. A good book always leaves me with a deep feeling if loss when it's over. This one, did that and more. It also left me with a sense of frustration and obsession - not understanding the 'why'. There was no closure. But this perhaps an intentional reflection of life- where there's no neat beginning middle and end. Just ourselves and our own confusion guiding us- that's what makes this story so powerful. The story as told through Martins eyes doesn't fully explain the other characters' intent; we never understand the truth, just as he never would.

  • Helen
    2019-05-22 20:22

    Remember "Indecent Proposal"? This book had me remembering that movie in terms of the whole "what would you do in that situation" question. I am fascinated by times when one little difference could end in a whole different outcome. I loved reading about places I recognised, I enjoyed Goldsworthy's writing style, and I was interested to find out how it would end. But I had the same old thing I always have where I'm left wondering what the author thought happened after the story was told. So there's part of me thinking, "wow, that was huge" and part of me feeling slightly unsatisfied. But I will be looking for more South Australian fiction and more of Peter Goldsworthy's work.

  • Heidi
    2019-05-01 00:34

    It would be difficult to say that this is a book to enjoy but it is certainly memorable and thought-provoking. The characters are well established and the book gives a glimpse into their complex and changing lives over the course of only a few months. All three main characters are heavily flawed but this is, perhaps, where the strengths of the book lie - loyalties never remain with any one character for long yet none of the characters are so unlikeable as to be unworthy of some sympathy from the reader (though some come close). This is a tension charged novel with plenty of ethical considerations raised. Well worth reading.

  • Karen Hunt
    2019-05-09 23:19

    I love a good character driven book and this one got me in straight away. The relationships with the characters was complex but this felt like just a snippet into their lives – it leaves you feeling that there could be at least another book about what happens after the short period in this book. I didn’t particularly like any of the characters because their flaws were openly revealed and the content was difficult, but it was very well written and gave some brief but interesting insights into working in Aboriginal communities.

  • John
    2019-05-21 18:15

    Martin Blackman is a psychiatrist that marries a woman in London and returns to Adelaide to practice when he runs into an old schoolmate, Felix, a surgeon disbarred from practice after a routine mistake in the NT outback with an appendectomy. Then follows a series of events leading to his death. Of course, there are no surgeons in the homelands but never mind. There's quite a lot of tedious aboriginal nonsense near the end, but its well written and there's a sort of middle aged sense of loss and bewilderment captured in the novel.

  • Angie
    2019-05-09 21:19

    I didn't mind this book. It was a clever study of how people can be dragged into other people's lives. They felt obligated to help Felix and while an onlooker that is the reader probably finds it hard to comprehend why they would allow themselves to do so, they aren't emotionally attached. It did drag on a bit in the end but I definitely liked it. Interesting from an Adelaideian point of view to mentally picture the places written about.

  • Felix
    2019-05-27 01:25

    I spend a lot of time in the hills this novel was set in which is what initially drew me to this book. It's always nice to read about a place you are familiar with in a narrative. There are no likable characters necessarily although Felix is certainly interesting. Three Dog Night draws you through a range of opinions on the three main characters but leaves you ultimately disliking each of them by the end.

  • Rachel
    2019-05-07 23:07

    This was an intense, moving book that raised some important philosophical questions. It could also just be read for the beautiful language and vivid imagery that accompanied an interesting plot. My only problem with it was that there was one story stand left unresolved at the end. Still, I would definitely recommend reading it.

  • David
    2019-05-19 20:09

    I struggled to relate to the three-way relationship; it didn't make for the easiest of reading. Too much naval gazing in the first half of the book. The Aboriginal aspects in the second half were most interesting.

  • Rebecca
    2019-05-25 18:10

    It started ok, but then went downhill fast, recovered slightly then continued on it's downward spiral.The best part of this book was the aboriginal cuture and language used, I never realised how smooth the words were until listening to them on this audio.SuBC: Dog in title

  • Mark
    2019-05-03 19:17

    i just found it confronting. i really disliked the wife. the threesome idea just threw me a curveball

  • Kathy
    2019-04-25 21:26

    sooooo good! peter goldsworthy has the most poetic prose i have ever read.picked this one up because i'd read maestro and found it gorgeous but this was even better!