The Paris Review calls Even the Dogs
a “beautifully harmonized hymn for the voiceless”.
“Dense and rich with broken language, the book is a tour de force of squalor.”
Or at least that’s what Booktrust had to say about it…
One blogger described the book as
“a wondrous result and a remarkable revelation.”
Read the full review here.
“[A] brilliant young writer. His anatomy of a lonely death in a squalid council flat was heart-rendingly good”
“[A] Faulkner-esque elegy for a soldier-turned-addict…no British fiction writer now writes more finely carved prose–and none more firmly allies artistry and empathy.”
“McGregor, twice long-listed for the Booker Prize, offers a forceful portrait of the junkies’ tribulations, but characters so single-mindedly devoted to the next fix make tedious literary company.”
Tough work pleasing the New Yorker then…
“There is nothing voyeuristic about this astonishing work; it is profound and humane. He has entered a world with respect, not irony, and has tried neither to explain, nor justify, but to understand.”
“Jon McGregor’s third novel.. is slim, controlled and authoritative, full of descriptions that make one look at things anew.”
“The language, with its Faulknerian interior monologues, is predominantly idiomatic and fractured, rife with slang and expletives. But there are moments of beautiful writing.”
“A short, taut tale that packs an extraordinary emotional punch.”
“McGregor is a breathtakingly good writer. Even the Dogs leaves the reader with a sense of solidarity, and many moments of tenderness. McGregor’s register of battered lives reads like a eulogy to the human heart. What counts, finally, is what his characters are to each other, against all the odds.”
“Unflinching and compassionate, McGregor focuses on the relentless squalor of his characters’ lives in a rhythmically sculpted prose that combines documentary precision with expressionistic lament… Extraordinary.”
“Even the Dogs directs an unblinking and non-judgmental eye on to street people, homeless and hopeless. It’s a novel as chilling and bracing as the “wind-cold empty day” on which it opens, McGregor finding poetry in the profane and nobility in the struggles of lost souls trying to keep their heads above water.”
“McGregor turns a clear-eyed and compassionate gaze on lives that contemporary fiction has often shown itself more likely to ignore entirely or reshape into tendentious tales of social alienation.”
“A rare combination of profound empathy and wonderful writing”
“Jon McGregor is a writer who will make a significant stamp on world literature. In fact, he already has.”
“McGregor brings the underclass we instinctively turn away from into razor-sharp and sympathetic focus. A stone-cold brilliant achievement.”
“A tragic and thought-provoking masterpiece. Even The Dogs is a hymn to the homeless and unfortunate and will captivate all who read it.”
“McGregor’s prose is unflinching yet luminous… Unmissable.”
“As one who has lived on the street, I can verify its honest take on the life there, the rhythms of the prose emblematic of the narrators. I haven’t seen a book recently that compares to the risks McGregor takes here, something most contemporary novelists have neither the courage nor the talent to take.”
Patrick Lane, author of Red Dog, Red Dog
“(McGregor’s) reportorial absorption in the characters’ world, with its restricted range of tone and incident, makes this powerful novel seem all the more resourcefully put together.”
Christopher Tayler, The Guardian. See the full review here.
Publishers Weekly, US.