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The Dogs of Babel By CarolynParkhurst The Dogs of Babel 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 bro

  • Title: The Dogs of Babel
  • Author: CarolynParkhurst
  • ISBN: 9780316778503
  • Page: 119
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Dogs of Babel By CarolynParkhurst 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 on their shelves, a mysteriouPaul 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 on their shelves, a mysterious phone call, and other suggestions that nothing about Lexy s last afternoon was quite what it seemed Reeling from grief, Paul is determined to decipher this evidence and unlock the mystery of her death But he can t do it alone he needs Lorelei s help A linguist by training, Paul embarks on an impossible endeavor a series of experiments designed to teach Lorelei to communicate what she knows Perhaps behind her wise and earnest eyes lies the key to what really happened to the woman he loved As Paul s investigation leads him in unexpected and even perilous directions, he revisits the pivotal moments of his life with Lexy, the brilliant, enigmatic woman whose sparkling passion for life and dark, troubled past he embraced equally.
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    1. Joseph Soltero on said:

      Ah, where do I begin reviewing this book Let me start by saying that this book is not about what it s promoted to be It s marketed as a book about a grieving widower who tries to teach his dog, the sole witness to his late wife s death, to talk And yes, this book is about that, but it is not solely about that.This novel is an intense exploration of one man s profound and painful experience of grief especially when it s over a mysterious death Did she die accidentally or did she kill herself And [...]

    2. Will Byrnes on said:

      spoiler alert Suicide is just a moment For just a moment it doesn t matter that you ve got people who love you and the sun is shining and there s a movie coming out this weekend that you ve been dying to see It hits you all of a sudden that nothing is ever going to be okay, ever, and you kind of dare yourself Is this it You start thinking that you ve known this was coming all along, but you don t know if today s going to be the day And if you think about it too much, it s probably not But you da [...]

    3. Erin on said:

      This book, in a word, stinks And now I shall tell you why The main character marries a woman named Lexy Lexy is terribly mysterious, and vibrant, and creative, and such and so on Okay, whatever, she dies by falling out of an apple tree Now that I have been browbeaten with the symbolism, let s go to a flashback so Parkhurst can work up some sympathy for this dead chick By having her suggest that they take a spur of the moment trip to Disneyland Which I hate Which should be firebombed While Mickey [...]

    4. Wormie on said:

      The writing style is sweet and sensitive, the emotion real, and the story compelling Dr Paul Iverson, professor of linguistics, comes home from work one night to find his yard filled with police His wife, Lexy, has fallen from the apple tree in their yard and died The death was declared an accident and Paul, was left alone to nurse his grief In the days to follow, Paul notices some oddities around the house Lorelei, the couple s Rhodesian Ridgeback, was the only witness to the accident Paul deci [...]

    5. Molly Woods on said:

      What I learned from this book Don t marry a woman who creates artsy masks for a living because she will attempt and or succeed at suicide If someone who makes arty masks for a living doesn t at first succeed at suicide, he she should try harder I also learned don t try and make your dog talk Why Because dogs can t talk Even if you do terrible, terrible things to them, surgical wise Similarly, if someone attached a whale penis to you, you wouldn t be able to sex on a lady whale You d just be real [...]

    6. Carmen on said:

      This book was NOT what I thought it would be And that s a compliment.Paul s wife Lexy is dead She fell out of an apple tree The police have ruled it an accident Paul is devastated He s in mourning Why was she in the apple tree anyway Soon, he starts noticing strange circumstances surrounding her death An empty frying pan on the floor and a steak missing All their books have been rearranged What does it mean The only witness to Lexy s death is her dog, Lorelei, an 8 year old Rhodesian Ridgeback t [...]

    7. Rachel on said:

      This is hands down my favorite novel, maybe not of all time, but definitely of anything I ve read in the last few years and that encompasses a fair amount of books It is so moving and so well written The language is beautiful Every sentence made me think, Damn Wish I d written that Very lovely, poetic, heartbreaking I can t say enough good things about this book Highly recommended It s about a man s grief and attempts to learn what really happened after his wife s sudden death Didn t really seem [...]

    8. Olivermagnus on said:

      Linguistics professor Paul Iverson comes home one day to find his wife, Lexy, lying dead below the apple tree The only witness is his Rhodesian Ridgeback, Lorelei Did Lexy fall from the tree or did she commit suicide What was she even doing up in the apple tree After the police rule it an accident, Paul sets out to try to teach Lorelei to speak so she can tell him what she witnessed that afternoon During Paul s crusade to make Lorelei speak we see events from the past tell a story of how Paul an [...]

    9. Katherine on said:

      Above and beyond any opinions formed, Carolyn Parkhurst takes an incredible risk in her debut novel a series of risks that in and of itself sets this book apart from others, in this reader s experience And while the risks the author took worked for my reading preferences, for some they won t While this book is by no means a difficult read as far as word choice and literature goes, even the most sensitive of readers upon turning the last page will have missed at least one thing that makes this bo [...]

    10. Rebecca Foster on said:

      A delicious debut novel intellectual enough to bypass labels like women s fiction and mystery , though it has touches of both One thing that sets it apart is how successfully Parkhurst writes from the perspective of a male narrator, Paul Iverson, who s been knocked for six by the sudden death of his wife Lexy, a mask designer While he was at the university where he teaches linguistics, she climbed to the top of the apple tree in their backyard and what fell or jumped The only witness was their R [...]

    11. Jennifer on said:

      Okay, a I identify with the longing for a lost love that becomes a tangible being in and of itself, for the yearning, the way that loss and the bitter want fills your mouth and your hands and every part of you BUT b NOTHING, FUCKING NOTHING, NOT ART OR GRIEF OR WHAT THE HELL HAVE YOU, IS AN EXCUSE FOR TORTURING A DOG EVEN A GODDAMNED FICTIONAL ONE This is one of the major issues I had with Watchmen aside from, you know, the epic slaughter and rape and all that dude, it s not the damn dogs fault [...]

    12. Jennifer (aka EM) on said:

      The Art of Racing in the Rain meetsThe Time Traveller s Wife An exploration of marriage, communication, love, loss, grief Kind of sidles up to canine human communication as a metaphor for the difficulty of knowing someone else, understanding who they are, what they re saying, what it means as a relationship begins and develops Going in, I thought this was the central theme but it evolved differently than I expected.The book is manipulative, there s no getting around it, in the same way as RITR a [...]

    13. Msmurphybylaw on said:

      There may be some spoilers, but this review is not a synopsis I m not sure why I decided to make this my first written review on GR Maybe it is because this story conflicts in defining mental illness, artists and Tarot cards so harshly that it sandpapered my brain, or maybe it s an easy way to get my feet wet Recently I ve shied away from reading best sellers and books with O stickers on them for varied reasons It s been a slow summer and I haven t been sleeping well so I thumbed through a stack [...]

    14. Ally Armistead on said:

      Enjoyed this book immensely, and finished in two days It s a contemporary novel, lyrically written It s a beautiful masterpiece of paper mache masks, linguistics, codes in book titles, incongruities at a crime scene, patterns in language, the love of a dog, canine speech, canine abuse, mental illness, fear of bringing children into the world, marriage, issues of openness and honesty, grief, mystery, and letting go Ultimately, it s an exploration in how we go through the many stages of losing som [...]

    15. Meredith on said:

      This book is a really beautiful and rather gentle portrait of grief It s about a linguistics professor whose wife falls to her death out of their apple tree in their backyard, with only their dog as a witness In the year following her loss, the professor copes by trying to teach his dog to speak knowing full well that it s a little nuts in the hopes of learning if she really fell, or let herself fall He s not crazy, nor is the story cheesy, but as complex and difficult as real life and loss are [...]

    16. Cassandra on said:

      One of my favorite books ever I don t know if any book I ve read has hit me so hard in the chestal region as this one I was so emotionally invested in this book, and when I re read it again recently, it was no different The entire last 30 or so pages of the book I was just crying, trying to read through my tears For me, what this book is basically about is a man trying to cope with the death of his wife, and about putting the pieces together to figure out how and why exactly she died I loved it [...]

    17. Tiger Gray on said:

      This book is beautiful Its imagery is rich and captivating Lexy, the main character s wife, makes masks for a living and this whole book is one long masquerade It also contains one of the most poignant and realistic treatments of mental illness I ve ever read I identified with Lexy very strongly and have been in her position many times As she spirals further and further in to her inner nightmare she acts out impulsively, in rage, in sorrow, never truly comprehending her own actions She is mercur [...]

    18. Michelle on said:

      I picked this book up in a bookstore last summer, and I began reading it while waiting for my companions While I ve read many mystery novels, this one seemed unique and stuck in my mind even after replacing it on the shelf just a few pages in.I was surprised when I finally purchased this book nearly a year later to find that it is a lot than a mystery novel and than just a story albeit a great one about grief and loss It is also a story about romance, mental illness, fear of bringing a child i [...]

    19. Adrienne on said:

      I read this very quickly not because it was bad but because I wanted to find out what happened and after I d got over the doginess parts I m a cat person and appriciated them for what they were the story just streamed through my mind.Paul and Lexy and are seemingly happily married, everything is going well for them, then tragedy strikes and Lexy dies in an apparant accident, the only witness is Lorelei the couples dog, and of course she can t tell In his grief Paul slips slowly into a dark world [...]

    20. Erin on said:

      We re getting nearer, We re nearing the end, of course you ve known that, you ve known that since the beginning, from the very first sentence I spoke I m tensing up as we get closer, I can feel myself wanting to slow down and and speed up at the same time This is a quote from the next to last chapter of this book and I feel these words capture my exact feeling toward the end of this emotional book I picked this book up, because in the 30 seconds it took me to peruse the back of the paperback, it [...]

    21. Rachel Brown on said:

      Yes, it s another mainstream bestseller which is actually sf Slipstream, anyway.Paul s wife Lexy plummets from an apple tree in their yard and dies There are mysterious circumstances surrounding her death, but the only witness is their dog Lorelei As in this world, dogs have occasionally been taught to talk, Paul tries to teach Lorelei to talk in order to find out what happened to Lexy.Flashbacks to their nauseatingly cute courtship and marriage ensue Lexy lexicon, get it made masks Masks symbol [...]

    22. Kristin Little on said:

      The Dogs of Babel is a beautiful and tragic tale of love and loss The slow revealing of the main couple s past is well woven and easily believeable The completely crazy part was the talking dog theme that Carolyn Parkhurst overreached on In the book, The main character Paul Iverson , devastated by the loss of his dearly loved wife, makes a desperate attempt to make sense of her death by trying to teach his dog to talk What at first is a poigniant and heart rending albeit futile struggle, quickly [...]

    23. Shelley on said:

      As a animal lover this was a very emotional book for me There were lots of similarities between my mom and Lexy and Rascal and Lorlei, and Paul and Lorlei to David and Rascal Anyway, like Lorelei we rescued Rascal who had been sitting in the exact same spot on the side of the road for over two weeks and finally my mom on our way to Sunday School stopped in church clothes and rescued this dog He, like Lorlei, had been obviously beaten and then abandoned Rascal ended up being one of the biggest bl [...]

    24. Christina on said:

      After finishing this book, I went into such a funk Had I seen a Hallmark commercial of any kind, I probably would have started bawling.However, this is not to say that this book isn t fantastic It absolutely is This book made me think and it touched me in an obvious way This is a quite a different reaction from many of the other books I have read, which are often meaningless ways to pass some time.This is a story about an incredibly deep romance between two people The two participants are so dif [...]

    25. Amanda on said:

      Funny, strange, sad, beautiful I read some of the other reviews posted, and I didn t see a single one that mentioned the humor Yes, the whole sci fi flavored dog experiment thing in the middle of the book is bizarre and a little incongruous, but was nobody else laughing What I enjoyed was the ridiculousness of Paul s quest to teach his dog to talk, juxtaposed against the beauty and sadness of the tragic love affair between him and his wife.

    26. Jessie on said:

      Wow This may not be everyman s book, but it struck deep chords with me.

    27. Jennifer on said:

      I wish I could give this book higher than a five Or I wish I could go back to all the other books I ve ever rated and knock them down a notch Nothing I ve read before quite matches up to this book I browsed through some other ratings online, before I started reading the book, and was surprised at the amount of people who rolled their eyes at the topic I immediately knew it was a good topic for me So many times I ve wanted to know what my own dogs were thinking, and I think it was a nice, fresh s [...]

    28. Alice on said:

      Est a partir de hoje dispon vel o romance que se tornou Bestseller mundial e que marca a estreia da autora Carolyn Parkhurst C es de Babel, um comovente e marcante relato na primeira pessoa da dor indescrit vel que perder algu m que amamos, dor essa que se torna insuport vel quando temos a certeza de que h algo por explicar, algo que est t o mal como uma pe a que n o encaixa num puzzle que parecia perfeito.Tudo come a com a morte de Lexy que para a pol cia n o passa de um terr vel acidente embor [...]

    29. H. on said:

      This is the May December romance between a cardboard cut out of Eeyore, the sad donkey, and the wife he obsesses over, the dream diary of a 14 year old Manic Pixie Dream Girl Follow these 2D characters as they ride what looks to be an interesting sheep from the book flap but is actually one ugly wolf of shallow melodrama.I rarely feel so insulted and disgusted by a book, but everything about Dogs of Babel feels like lies We ve all experienced grief and the feeling of isolation and perhaps even s [...]

    30. Gina on said:

      This book wasn t what I was expecting at all I guess I was expecting something along the lines of The Art of Racing In The Rain where the dog, Lorelei, had a prominent and endearing role I wasn t expecting what did happen in the book and how Paul tried to get her to talk I couldn t connect with any character in the book I did understand Paul s grief and why he needed to know if his wife Lexy s death was an accident or not but the author just took everything too far By the end I was just skimmi [...]

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