The story opens when mid-level office drone Tony Areal receives an extravagant gift: the Lichtenberg wristwatch he has always coveted. Shortly afterward, he receives an even grander gift: the luxurious--and expensive--Porsche Cayman that has always been the car of his dreams. Accompanying the car is the mysterious Alice, who knows more about Tony's dreams and desires than Tony himself. This encounter opens the door to a rich and unexpected universe: the world behind the world.
Teaching the Dog to Read is set at the intersection of the mundane and the miraculous, a place where reality itself shifts and shimmers with disconcerting suddenness. It begins in the realm of recognizable things and ends in a hospital room where a bizarre--and invisible--reunion takes place. Along the way, it offers both grand entertainment and a visionary meditation on the complex connections between our dreaming and waking selves. The result is a master class in the art of narrative and a permanent addition to Jonathan Carroll's remarkable body of work.
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About the Author
Jonathan Samuel Carroll (b.1949) is an American fiction writer primarily known for novels that may be labelled magic realism, slipstream or contemporary fantasy. He is the author of over a dozen novels including The Land of Laughs, The Wooden Sea and White Apples. His novel Outside the Dog Museum was named the best novel of the year by the British Fantasy Society, and has proven to be one of Carroll’s most popular works. Carroll currently writes and lives in Vienna.