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The Dogs of Babel
The Dogs of Babel
Author: Carolyn Parkhurst
When his wife dies in a fall from a tree in their backyard, linguist Paul Iverson is wild with despair. In the days that follow, Paul becomes certain that Lexy's death was no accident. Strange clues have been left behind: unique, personal messages that only she could have left and that he is determined to decipher. So begins Paul's fantastic and...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780316778503
ISBN-10: 0316778508
Publication Date: 6/7/2004
Pages: 288
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3.6 stars, based on 401 ratings
Publisher: Back Bay Books
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, 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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This book is very intriguing. The author develops the characters in a fluid, dynamic way. The twist in the story is very powerful and handled exceptionally well.
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I loved this book! It was so beautifully written and touching. We are able to learn about how complicated Paul's grief is, and we follow him on all the twists and turns of living with Lexy.
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This book is a easy read, flows well, and deals with the lost of a loved one thru the eyes of a widower. At times it is predictable.


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