To Say Nothing of the Dog
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This book is hilarious. It's about 21st-Century time travelers trying to restore the Coventry Cathedral as it was before its bombing during World War II. Different time travelers go back to the 1940s searching for items that will need to be reproduced. However, one time traveler inadvertently brings back something from the past, and the main characters must find a way to keep from altering history.
I would also recommend reading Jerome K. Jerome's "Three Men in a Boat," clearly the inspiration for Willis to write "To Say Nothing of the Dog." "Three Men in a Boat" is much funnier than I would expect from a book written by an Englishman and published in 1889.
Mailed this book on February 25. Details to come.
Arrived today as part of the First Sentences Virtual Book Box! Sounds just like the type of book I love, but one I'd likely not have read without this. The first sentence made me think it was an English murder mystery, but not quite...
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Journal Entry 4
Newcastle, Ontario Canada on Friday, August 13, 2010
This was an enjoyable, fun read. Connie Willis has created a world where time travel works and historians spend their days travelling back in time to observe for themselves what life was like in the past. But history itself is a self-regulating, chaotic system and doesn't allow gross manipulations of the timeline, including bringing large objects from the past back to the present. Until one historian brings back a cat to save it from being drowned. Now they have to fix the problem before time becomes unravelled completely. Or maybe trying to fix the problem will only make things worse. Along the way, this novel pays its debts to Jerome K. Jerome and his boating trip, Victorian poetry, golden age whodunits, and P.G. Wodehouse. A fun summer read!
If the site ever gets fixed, I plan to release. In the meantime, this book is available.