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The Dogs of Babel
by Carolyn Parkhurst | Literature & Fiction
Registered by froggirlwendy of Brisbane, Queensland Australia on 10/12/2006
Average 6 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

status (set by froggirlwendy): available


5 journalers for this copy...

Journal Entry 1 by froggirlwendy from Brisbane, Queensland Australia on Thursday, October 12, 2006

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FROM THE PUBLISHER
"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 even perilous search for the truth, as he abandons his everyday life to embark on a series of experiments designed to teach his dog Lorelei to communicate. Is this the project of a madman? Or does Lorelei really have something to tell him about the last afternoon of a woman he only thought he knew? At the same time, Paul obsessively recalls the early days of his love for Lexy and the ups and downs of life with the brilliant, sometimes unsettling woman who became his wife." 


Journal Entry 2 by froggirlwendy from Brisbane, Queensland Australia on Thursday, November 16, 2006

7 out of 10

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BellaMack - TAS (asked to be skipped)
DrCris - VIC
back to me :o)

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Journal Entry 3 by froggirlwendy at on Thursday, November 30, 2006

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Bookring on it's way to RockDg9 in hot humid Toowoomba. Enjoy :o) 


Journal Entry 4 by RockDg9 from Toowoomba, Queensland Australia on Monday, December 04, 2006

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Arrived here in frigid, windy Toowoomba. Thanks froggirlwendy! 


Journal Entry 5 by RockDg9 from Toowoomba, Queensland Australia on Sunday, December 10, 2006

6 out of 10

This was an interesting and very subtle story. However, it read like an obvious first novel. The characters were a bit unbelievable, and it was only towards the end when I felt much sympathy for them. It suffered from an unruly premise which was never believable. And the writing style had continuity problems and was disjointed. The occasional direct speech to the reader was irritating. Overall, I found that the story felt false somehow. But I did finish it, and the last few chapters are excellent - emotional and heartbreaking ... if only the rest of the novel had maintained this emotion.

PMing freelunch 


Journal Entry 6 by freelunch from Cairns, Queensland Australia on Thursday, December 14, 2006

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book received today. thanks RockDg9 & froggirlwendy :)

I have several "TBR" commitments at the moment, but I should have no problem passing this book on within the specified time. 


Journal Entry 7 by freelunch from Cairns, Queensland Australia on Sunday, January 07, 2007

9 out of 10

A sad story, but I really enjoyed my time with this book. Certainly the premise is a little far-fetched, but no more so than in many of the books I read. Paul somehow reminded me of Henry from The Time Traveler's Wife which is no small praise from me as I loved TTTW.

Thanks again to froggirlwendy for sharing for sharing this book. I've PM'd deense and requested her address, and I'll be sending the book on to her as soon as possible. 


Journal Entry 8 by deense from Marrickville, New South Wales Australia on Tuesday, January 16, 2007

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YAY! I send one out and another one arrives! Like Magic I tell.

Already started this, and it only came last night. 


Journal Entry 9 by deense from Marrickville, New South Wales Australia on Tuesday, January 30, 2007

8 out of 10

I loved this book! The way the two stories intertwined, their past and his present fascinated me, especially as you discovered more about their life together.

PM'ing the next person on the list for an addy! 


Journal Entry 10 by deense from Marrickville, New South Wales Australia on Monday, February 12, 2007

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Going to send a second message to bellamack for her adress, as I haven't received any input off the first.

Cheers
Denise 


Journal Entry 11 by deense from Marrickville, New South Wales Australia on Tuesday, February 20, 2007

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Bella Mack has asked to be skipped. Pming DrCris for an addy to keep this moving! 


Journal Entry 12 by DrCris from Templestowe, Victoria Australia on Friday, March 02, 2007

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The miracle of the ever-replacing bookring. This arrived tonight. I should get to it soonish. 


Journal Entry 13 by DrCris from Templestowe, Victoria Australia on Tuesday, April 17, 2007

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Just thought I would update, as I am running behind on this one. I had a pile of bookrings and rays etc to read, so with FGW's permission, this one jumped to the end of the list. I probably took advantage a little bit, as I then had holidays and didn't want to take someone elses book away with me. So now I am reading it, and, if I stop losing it, I should be finshed in the next few days. 


Journal Entry 14 by DrCris from Templestowe, Victoria Australia on Friday, April 20, 2007

4 out of 10

This one drove me mad. The only likeable character was Lexy, who we only got to see through the eyes of simpering Paul. I agree that the premise was a bit bizarre, but plausible. However, it doesn't ring true for this character, who I found pathetic for most of the book. I can see that obsession is a good tool to explore his grief, but I got more insight from his puzzle-solving and other grief behaviours. I also agree that the final few chapters were much better - once the clumsy premise was dropped and we started to deal with the three characters on their own terms. I will send this one home next week. 


Journal Entry 15 by DrCris from Templestowe, Victoria Australia on Sunday, April 22, 2007

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In the mail today to froggirlwendy. I hope this book enjoyed its travels, and makes it safely home - :). 


Journal Entry 16 by froggirlwendy from Brisbane, Queensland Australia on Friday, April 27, 2007

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Returned home safely today. Thanks to all who participated. I will put it back onto my TBR pile again. Hugs :o) 


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