Goya’s Dog. Damian Tarnopolsky.

Tarnopolsky, Damian. Goya’s Dog. Penguin New York 2009. F; December 2010.

I came very close to stopping this book in the middle, which I almost never do. The protagonist is annoyingly self-defeating, doesn’t pay rent, stays in bed all day, pisses everybody off, writes hideous letters to important people who could make or break him, even fails in his suicide attempt. I’m glad I stayed with it, because it ends up a very nice love story with a killer twist, and then a double twist finish consistent with the rest of the book. The writing seems way off the mark in some of the figurative references, but ends up oddly bang on for the plot and character. 8.0/7.2

About John Sloan

John Sloan is a senior academic physician in the Department of Family Practice at the University of British Columbia, and has spent most of his 40 years' practice caring for the frail elderly in Vancouver. He is the author of "A Bitter Pill: How the Medical System is Failing the Elderly", published in 2009 by Greystone Books. His innovative primary care practice for the frail elderly has been adopted by Vancouver Coastal Health and is expanding. Dr. Sloan lectures throughout North America on care of the elderly.
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