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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
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3.4 stars, based on 240 ratings
Publisher: Little, Brown
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio Cassette
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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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This is a very unique book about a man who returns home from work to discover that his wife has died while he's been gone. The only witness to the death is the family dog, so the man attempts to communicate with his dog to discover the reason his beloved wife is no longer with him.

This book is very strange, yet slightly addictive. I couldn't put it down in some parts, but in others, I just wanted to walk away. It's a very intriguing story, and a rather quick read.
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I also don't understand why this book is recommended to dog lovers. There is a vivid, disturbing element about trying to restructure dogs' anatomy so they can talk, which I found very distressing. I'm such a dog lover that I REALLY didn't like this book. It was just too strange & very upsetting. Be warned if you read this that it's not a typical dog-lovers' book.

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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.


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