By Vanessa V. Friedman
April 02, 1999 at 05:00 AM EST

Teeth of the Dog

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Helene, a young ex-exotic dancer, and her much older husband, Thomas, a renowned anthropologist dying of cancer, have come to a remote island near the Philippines to reclaim some sense of their old life. Thanks to an American drifter named Finster, confusing roads, ignorance of the local language, and despair, they never even come close. Soon after Finster attempts to pry his way into their relationship, things come to a head, propelling Finster into savior mode — though of himself or Helene he can’t decide. It’s impossible to read this derivative novel without thinking of Paul Bowles’ The Sheltering Sky — and unfortunately, Teeth of the Dog isn’t helped by the comparison. C+

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