The Power of the Dog

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Discover Thomas Savage’s dark poetic tale of a small town in early 20th century American that inspired the new Jane Campion film.

WITH AN AFTERWORD BY ANNIE PROULX

Phil and George are brothers and joint owners of the biggest ranch in their Montana valley.

Phil is the bright one, George the plodder. Phil is tall and angular; George is stocky and silent. Phil is a brilliant chess player, a voracious reader, an eloquent storyteller; George learns slowly, and devotes himself to the business. They sleep in the room they shared as boys, and so it has been for forty years.

When George unexpectedly marries a young widow and brings her to live at the ranch, Phil begins a relentless campaign to destroy his brother’s new wife. But he reckons without an unlikely protector.

From its visceral first paragraph to its devastating twist of an ending, The Power of the Dog will hold you in its grip.

‘With its echoes of East of Eden and Brokeback Mountain, this satisfyingly complex story deserves another shot at rounding up public admiration’ Guardian

© Thomas Savage 2016 (P) Penguin Audio 2021

Critics Review

  • Optimistically billed as the next Stoner, this 1967 reissue is in fact the better novel…a rich and challenging psychodrama, based on brilliant characterisation… With its echoes of East of Eden and Brokeback Mountain, this satisfyingly complex story deserves another shot at rounding up public admiration

    Guardian
  • [Savage’s] prose is vivid and direct… [his] descriptions of nature have real power… a slow-burn psychological western.

    The Times
  • An exhilarating drama between two brothers set in Twenties Montana, and better even than Stoner

    Daily Telegraph
  • Something aching and lonely and terrible of the west is caught forever on Savage’s pages, and the most compelling and painful of [his] books is The Power of the Dog, a work of literary art

  • The shocking turn of the book’s final pages keeps the story bright as a blade to the end…This is the perfect example of a book that never quite made it to the rank of classic…but is more than worthy of resurrection now

    New Statesman

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