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2.79  ·  Rating details ·  1,774 ratings  ·  131 reviews
Deze groteske komedie speelt zich af in een decor en een wereld die nadrukkelijk gekleurd zijn door de gebeurtenissen op 11 september 2001, zonder dat De gele hond een politiek boek wordt. In zijn verhaal lopen veel opmerkelijke gevallen rond: een halfmislukte riooljournalist en zijn louter in sms-taal communicerende vrouw, een pornotycoon en een geperverteerd koningshuis ...more
Paperback, 285 pages
Published 2004 by Contact (first published 2003)
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Anthony Vacca
Jan 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Yellow Dog gained more than its share of notoriety back in 2003 when its publication was met with a veritable assault from critics, the most renowned being from Tibor Fischer who wrote this thoroughly over-quoted quip about Amis's book: "This shit sucks...read my novel that came out on the same day instead." This is the book that you will hear the casual Amis admirers and deniers alike say must be avoided at all costs.

So it comes as no surprise that I loved the book. (In 2013 alone, I went head
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D. Pow
Sep 20, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Utter excretion. A pail full of vomit. Abortive, stutter-step sentences, a half-stab towards stylistic subtlety that is lame and listless. Vapid dialogue coming from lifeless characters, cardboard cut outs limping through dormant scene after scene. No over-arching world view or a sense of a moral vision tied to these drab and vacuous proceedings. The shit dabs of a dyslexic, perhaps sociopathic, monkey. He sure looks cool on his book jackets though.
Manny
Nov 27, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear, oh dear, oh dear.

I just don't know what to say. It's like a friend has invited you around for dinner, and they put it down on the table, and somehow they don't seem to be aware that they left it too close to the cat's litter tray. One sniff is enough that you're quite certain you know what happened. What's wrong with them? Do they have a cold, which has temporarily removed their sense of smell? Is it a bizarre joke?

Well, if you thought that analogy was tasteless,
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MJ Nicholls
There comes a time in the life of the Martin Amis enthusiast—a tempestuous and maddening experience—to brace oneself for Yellow Dog. The Hallowed Annum of Our Lord of Brexit 2019 was this reader’s moment. And the outcome? I spent around seven hours in tangle of semi-amusing and not-at-all-amusing prose, in a funk of incoherent and incompetent plotlines, in the white heat of a bizarre obsession with violent Cockernees, in a realm of stellar punning and parodic txt-spk. The result is a deranged ...more
Shane
Mar 29, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
My first Martin Amis, and I think, given his patriarchal theme, I will stick with his dad Kingsley in future.
Amis is bold - no question - dealing with subjects such as incest, gratuitious violence, rage, drug abuse, pornography, impotence, spousal rape. He even invents his own language for the character k8 (Kate) which is witty after you figure it out.He enters the world of porn with terms like Blackeye, Cockout, Redface, Boxback, Yellow tongue, Facial - some explained, others left to our
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Jim
disjointed, flimsy, obtuse, obscure, and otherwise not worth the time... pass....
Molly
May 09, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven't thought about this book in a long time. But now and then, some images & dialogues in it haunt me. This happened this weekend, so I thought it worth a short note/review. Much of the writing is brilliant -- so perhaps it deserves a higher rating for style & language. But I didn't like this book at all, and yet felt compelled to read the whole damn thing. And now it continues to appear in my waking life, and who knows, maybe my dream life too. Vivid & grotesque, troubling, ...more
David
May 16, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I really love a lot of Martin Amis' work. But sometimes, even your favorite authors will fall asleep with their head on the keyboard. Some editor will then turn all of that gibberish into real words. Not neccesarily words that belong together or anything, but there will be words. This book has words. I think. And an airplane.
Nick Davies
May 20, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
As with the previous three novels I read by Martin Amis, this was ultimately disappointing. For all the clever, interesting, oft witty verbal alchemy, for all the credit due for tackling such varied and challenging subjects... ultimately this was a novel short of followable plot, short of characters who were anything but unlikeable, short of restraint in the behalf of the author - restraint which exercised by a ‘lesser’ author would have produced a more enjoyable and fulfilling read. Amis is ...more
Bob
Mar 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After Ian McEwan spent a year shadowing a brain surgeon while writing his rather Amis-like Saturday, Martin must have felt the bar was raised a bit and confesses in the afterword to doing "some light research" for this one (presumably something beyond the customary darts at the public house).
The research was on recovering from head injuries and what actually happens in the cockpit when a plane is in danger of crashing - both also quite congruent with Saturday. The medical angle allows Amis a
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Tim
Why does the positively brilliant Martin Amis create such a furore (which began in 1995 with the publication of "The Information"? I copied this out of the Times about "Yellow Dog":

'' 'Yellow Dog' isn't bad as in not very good or slightly disappointing,'' Mr. [Tibor] Fischer wrote. ''It's not-knowing-where-to-look bad.'' Shimmering with fury at what he portrayed as betrayal by a literary hero he once idolized to the point of memorizing passages from his work, Mr. Fischer added that reading the
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William2
Mar 24, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: uk, fiction, 21-ce
I could not stay with this one. I found the comedy much too broad for my taste, and the idiom too cryptically British. And I am one of Amis's most devoted readers, too. I love Money and London Fields. I wish I could say why the britishisms in those novels did not prove as off-putting as the ones here. Oh well, I will give it another shake someday. Let me also cast a vote here for House of Meetings. Quite wonderful.
The Super Moop
How does it come to be that a book which starts off being as gripping as they come can wind up fizzling out in an self-satisfied ramble that leaves you demanding the last two days of your life back?

I'd studiously avoided M.Amis through uni and beyond, on the strength of a not unjustifiable prejudice sparked and fuelled by a pompous Eng Lit type who used to carry on about Time's Arrow and how clever it was because it ran backwards, which had struck me at the time as being exactly the sort of
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ristubasan
Great satire, wonderful use of language. Dark undertoes throughout, growing darker as the novel moves through its paces. In contrast to Snuff, where Palaniuk's glee at using puns to describe porn IS the novel, here all of that sadness is situated with a single character who's plot line and character development is just one strain of the novel, and used to propel other plot lines; Amis preserves authorial detachment throughout, even in some of the most disturbing discussions on the sexuality of ...more
Bas v/d Bogaard
This book tries to be a black comedy but it fails. If fails because the terrible things that happen to the main characters are only funny if you have no sympathy for them at all.

However, all characters are at least somewhat likeable, even if you're glad you never have to meet them in real life.

What remains is a book that hovers on the brink of slapstick. It is my opinion that you are probably better off reading another book.
Craig
Jul 25, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reminds me of his father's work, not in style or subject matter, but in audacity and brilliance of prose. Three quarters of the way into this book I'd've written that it was the best thing--not written by his father or Evelyn Waugh--that I've read in the last few years. The ending--endings are hard, Elmore Leonard told me that personally-- fell down enough so that I an't honestly say that. But still a very funny, rude, book about the obscenifaction of western culture.
Simon P
Jan 27, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
DNF - 40%

Amis displays his incredible wordplay but also his propensity to write much poorer versions of the excellent "Money". I felt like I was wasting time that could be spent reading a better book with something more interesting to say. It is true that everybody in the world could be broken, prurient, sociopathic, but it doesn't make for especially interesting stories.
Taylor Bright
Oct 30, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
In reviewing his friend's book, Yellow Dog, Tibor Fischer said, “The way British publishing works is you go from not being published no matter how good you are, to being published no matter how bad you are."

I'll leave it at that.
Gizem
Aug 21, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
The amount of time it took me to finish this novel says enough.
Bayloralyosha
Apr 14, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one.
If not the worst book I've ever read, certainly in the top ten. I could find no redeeming quality about the book. I wish there was a "absolutely hated it" button instead of just a "didn't like it."
Robert
Jul 26, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
To be honest, although I did not like it in 2003, I would like to re-read it in order to see if my impression has changed.
Assia
Dec 14, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amis said that this book was an original one but it needed a little bit of time to sink in. That's something I totally agree with.
If I would have rated this book as soon as I read it I would have given it one star. I also think that if I didn't have to write an essay on it, I would have also ended up giving it one star.
However, I had to study it and I had to write an essay of 4000 words which really made me go deeper in the story and I ended up seeing things in a new perspective.
At a first
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Chloe
Nov 21, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Crammed full of the bizarre contrasts, inequalities and filth of modern life, this is still a great Martin Amis novel, and certainly lots of fun to read. It’s hard to see how the different plots (will) fit together until the very end, which is either entertaining or hard to believe, depending on how kind the reader is feeling.

Admirably daring, Yellow Dog confronts sexism, pornography, inequality of the sexes, gutter journalism, terrorism (for which Amis employs the phrase ‘horrorism’, arguing
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Simon Finnie
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Flawed but genius. Upsetting but addictive.

Some of the prose will stay with me for a long time:

"Billie was of that breed of little girl who, in certain lights, resembles a twenty-five-year-old emerging (with considerable advantage) from her second divorce. This formed, knowing, worldly face was the one she turned on him now. Seventh or eighth in line, he was the louche and ponderous suitor whom, against her better judgement, no doubt, she had decided to keep on file."

What father hasn't felt
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Philip
May 10, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Look, Mr Amis, throwing in french phrases on every other page may impress your old school-master, but to those of us who don't speak french, it just annoys us. That wasn't the only thing annoying me about this book. It seemed to take place in a world I didn't recognise and had no desire to explore. Pretentious drivel.

I didn't last very long before realising this wasn't for me. Toss aside and move on.
Robert Collette
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I guess I'm the odd man out on this one. Whereas almost all other reviews of this book are derisive I found this to be a real page turner even thou it was hard to follow in parts and the different plot lines don't really come together and one plot that runs thru the story doesn't even connect to the others at all. It really was confusing and yet...I really liked it.
Matt
Mar 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: british-lit
This book is highly criticized as one of Amis’ worst novels. It was the first of his that I read and I found it quite enjoyable. I was looking for “Money” in used book stores but couldn’t find it so picked it up. I look forward to reading more from this dude in the future.
mifan
Mar 15, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book made me feel sick after reading 5 books of Amis. I didn't get the point of Amis's sexual description……
Oli Lester
Not much beyond vulgarity
Jon
At the better end of typical Amis. But deals with some deeply icky subject matter. Would recommend to those with strong stomachs.
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Martin Amis is an English novelist, essayist, and short story writer. His works include the novels Money, London Fields and The Information.

The Guardian writes that "all his critics have noted what Kingsley Amis [his father] complained of as a 'terrible compulsive vividness in his style... that constant demonstrating of his command of English'; and it's true that the Amis-ness of Amis will be
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