The Thief and the Dogs Book Summary and Study Guide

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Said is a thief who is in prison for an extensive amount of time. He is released when the book begins and seeks revenge on his wife and friend who betrayed him. Said is very lost and will only find satisfaction when he gets what he wants. He devises a plan but accidentally kills two innocent civilians in the process. Said never accomplishes his plan and unfortunately will never find emotional peace.
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The review of this Book prepared by Matt Josey

Said, a thief is let out of prison and is set on seeking revenge against his wife and former employee who betrayed him to the police. He is also seeking revenge on his former mentor who sold out to become the proletariat. He mistakenly kills two innocent people and is never redeemed in the end.
The review of this Book prepared by Sandy

Said Mahran has been in jail for the past four years, plotting, waiting for the moment he can confront the man and woman who betrayed him and ruined his life. When the moment comes, Said's plans don't work out as he'd expected and soon he's in deeper trouble then he'd ever imagined. Filled with religion, guilt, and motivation, The Thief and the Dogs has an incredible commentary on Egyptian life in the early twentieth century.
The review of this Book prepared by Meredith Griffin

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   depressed Time/era of story    -   1600-1899 Ethnic/Regional/Religion    -   Arab/Muslim Internal struggle/realization?    -   Yes Struggle over    -   revenge! Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   accused criminal Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Arab


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   4 () Africa    -   Yes Kind of Africa:    -   Arabic Africa City?    -   Yes City:    -   dirty, grimy (like New York) Misc setting    -   prison

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   descript of kissing Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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