Outside the Dog Museum: A Novel of Love, Death, and Architecture

by Jonathan Carroll | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0765311852 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingSqueakyChuwing of Rockville, Maryland USA on 12/3/2017
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Journal Entry 1 by wingSqueakyChuwing from Rockville, Maryland USA on Sunday, December 03, 2017
I received this book from BookMoocher Stacy (California) on 7/18/2008.

Journal Entry 2 by wingSqueakyChuwing at Rockville, Maryland USA on Sunday, December 03, 2017
This was such a great book! It has been so long since I've read a book by Jonathan Carroll that it was sheer delight to return to his captivating story-telling.

This book is part of a series, but I don't remember much of the previous books in this series since I read them so long ago. However, the contents of the previous books were not necessary to fully enjoy this story.

Carroll has this mischievous way of introducing surreal elements into his stories at times when the reader would least expect it. He also has this penchant for inserting a bull terrior into each of his books, and this novel was no exception with the character of Big Top.

The story was of Harry Radcliffe, a womanizing, egotistaical, famous architect who was given a rather strange assignment of building a Dog Museum for the Sultan of Saru. Saru is a middle eastern country, one that neither you nor I have heard of until Jonathan Carroll created it for this story.

I f you like conflict, you'll find it in this book. There is plenty of conflict between the Sultan and his brother as well as conflict between Harry's two women, Fanny and Calire. Well, I'll let you read the story for yourself.

Be prepared to meet lots of colorful characters (I wrote notes on them to keep them straight) and vociabulary words (which I also wrote down) in more than one language. Since part of the action takes place in Austria, you'll find a sprinkling of German words in the text. Nothing earth-shattering, but I looked them up because I am fairly familiar with German and love learning new words.

Some quotes from this book seemed particularly noteworthy to me. Here are a few.

"Both of us hated to cook. As a result, meals at the Radcliffe home were either vile, bizarre, or not at all."

"Whenever I’m reading, I mark words I don’t know, copy them down, and look them up the next time I’m near a dictionary."

"I gave the Radcliffe theory on horror films, which was, Society is so jaded that nothing normal entertains people anymore so we’ve moved to the next level down, which is to choke, maim, and electrocute."

"If this old nutbag stood on a corner in New York saying the things he said in his interview, people would take one look and steer around him PDQ. But here was Cthulhu leading a successful revolution against the government of Saru."

I'm ready to read more works by this author, but I want some time in between to digest what I just read. If you are unfamiliar with this author, try this book if you like intelligent works of character development with a sprinkling of fantasy.

Journal Entry 3 by wingSqueakyChuwing at Alexandria, Virginia USA on Thursday, December 13, 2018

Released 5 mos ago (12/16/2018 UTC) at Alexandria, Virginia USA

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Journal Entry 4 by krin511 at Alexandria, Virginia USA on Thursday, January 10, 2019
Thanks SqueakyChu for fulfilling my wish! I look forward to reading it.

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