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The Dogs of Babel
The Dogs of Babel
Author: Carolyn Parkhurst
Paul Iverson's life changes in an instant. He returns home one day to find that his wife Lexy has died under strange circumstances. The only witness was their dog, Lorelei, whose anguished barking brought help to the scene -- but too late. — In the days and weeks that follow, Paul begins to notice strange "clues" in their home: books rearranged o...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780316168687
ISBN-10: 0316168688
Publication Date: 6/13/2003
Pages: 262
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.

3.4 stars, based on 251 ratings
Publisher: Little, Brown
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio Cassette
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Helpful Score: 19
I don't understand why people recommend this book for dog lovers. There's graphic animal abuse and animal torture. A poor sweet dog suffers because its master wants to find out "the truth". Be warned ...this is not a sunny, My Dog Skip kind of story. I wish I hadn't read this book. Needless to say, I was disappointed with the story.
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Helpful Score: 16
Despite the downright craziness of the plot, this is a touching an emotionally moving puzzle of a story. I would say that the central motif weaving through the story is language - the language barrier between owner and dog, the unspoken language between husband and wife that harbors secrets, the language spoken in our subconscious that somehow television psychics become attuned to, and the wife's poetic language that works itself from a penultimate, odd act into a real clue into her psyche.

If you're intrigued, give this book some time. You won't need much, as it's a relatively fast read.
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Helpful Score: 12
Obviously I'm a minority of one. I hated this book, and I find it amazing that others are recommending it for dog lovers. How maiming and torturing a dog to satisfy one's own self obsession makes it a "touching love story" is beyond me. (And just as a side note, you must have language first in order to form and retrieve memories.)
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Helpful Score: 12
This is an eerie, lovely, scary book all at once. This story will warm and scare one with the power of grief and what a human can do to ruin themselves and others.
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Helpful Score: 9
This story was about a woman who suffered from mental illness. I found the book very depressing. It was about her husband's search into the cause of her death and the circumstances surrounding it.
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Really great book. Wish I had picked it for book club. Graphic animal abuse is a bit tough to get through.
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Found this to be extremely imaginative. The idea that a dog could talk was only the beginning. One fantastic creation after another. Fresh and innovative. Good read and well presented.
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It has been a couple years since I read the book, but I remember after I finished it I was not satisfied with the plot. The storyline seem to go nowhere.