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The Dogs of Babel

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Staff Pick

Despite a few annoying detours — the story's romance is actually kindled in Disneyland — Parkhurst's story moves both mind and heart. What else does a novel need? If your answer is "a soulful Rhodesian Ridgeback named Lorelei," then this is the book for you. A fine piece of work.
Recommended by Martin M., Powell's Books on Hawthorne

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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.

Review:

"Try a novel you can't put down: The Dogs of Babel by Carolyn Parkhurst....This tightly woven tale has all the right stuff: romance, suspense, fantasy, and an ending that does not disappoint." Redbook

Review:

"A wonderfully original and richly imaginative novel that moves in unpredictable, continuously surprising — but perfectly reasonable — directions as it explores the ways that we are all masked from one another, masked even from those we love most. It's a mystery story of the most resonant kind, but it's also a love story and, at its core, about the quest of grief for meaning." Kermit Moyer, author of Tumbling

Review:

"The story is poignant and suspenseful, with richly drawn characters, including the soulful hound who seems to hold the key to the mystery." Parenting

Review:

"Carolyn Parkhurst's The Dogs of Babel — so luminous, heartbreaking, comic, and daring — is an astonishing debut. Parkhurst writes of love and loss, and, above all, of what we can and cannot know of one another, with power and deeply earned grace." Richard McCann, author of Ghost Letters

Review:

"The brilliance of Parkhurst's novel lies in the subtle buildup of emotion as Paul digs deeper and deeper to discover the truth about the woman he loved....The beauty of the novel lies in how powerfully that emotional wave hits the reader. An unforgettable debut." Booklist, starred review

Review:

"Carolyn Parkhurst writes as well about talking dogs and square eggs as she does about the limits of language and the intractable mysteries of the self. The Dogs of Babel is a strange, beautiful and very moving novel that asks us to look, in equal measure, at the puzzle that is grief and the puzzle that is love." Elizabeth Graver, author of The Honey Thief and Unravelling

Review:

"A poignant, affecting tale....Parkhurst delivers a remarkable debut in quiet, authoritative prose....Highly recommended." Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal

Review:

"The Dogs of Babel is the most unique and imaginative book I have read in recent times. Parkhurst is a wonderful writer and her story is daring, tender and full of surprises as well as wisdom and insight. I simply could not put it down." John Searles, author of Boy Still Missing and Senior Books Editor of Cosmopolitan magazine

Review:

"Parkhurst tells her tale with considerable skill...a humanistic parable of the heart's confusions..." Entertainment Weekly

Review:

"A neatly, almost perfectly constructed novel." Time

Review:

"A heartbreaking exploration of memory and language, grief and redemption." Esquire

Review:

"I read it without stopping, and I loved it completely." Anna Quindlen

Synopsis:

A poignant and beautiful debut novel explores a man's quest to unravel the mystery of his wife's death with the help of the only witness--their Rhodesian ridgeback, Lorelei.

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Full Moon, December 28, 2006 (view all comments by Full Moon)
I cannot say enough for this book. I found a priceless jewel on a dollar-store shelf. The Dogs of Babel offers something we encounter everyday, and yet it is hardly ever found so perfectly portrayed in literature. A story of love, laughter, and understanding; grief, lonliness, fear, and an unforgetable search for meaning. Luminous characters and imaginative scenarios appeal to the passionate, and the mystery and suspense make this story riveting and exciting-- this one is sure to have you up all night.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780316168687
Author:
Parkhurst, Carolyn
Publisher:
Little Brown and Company
Location:
Boston
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Dogs
Subject:
Virginia
Subject:
New orleans
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Witnesses
Subject:
Grief
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Widowers
Subject:
Accident victims
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
107-532
Publication Date:
June 2003
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.66x5.72x1.01 in. .85 lbs.

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Product details 272 pages Little Brown and Company - English 9780316168687 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Despite a few annoying detours — the story's romance is actually kindled in Disneyland — Parkhurst's story moves both mind and heart. What else does a novel need? If your answer is "a soulful Rhodesian Ridgeback named Lorelei," then this is the book for you. A fine piece of work.

"Review" by , "Try a novel you can't put down: The Dogs of Babel by Carolyn Parkhurst....This tightly woven tale has all the right stuff: romance, suspense, fantasy, and an ending that does not disappoint."
"Review" by , "A wonderfully original and richly imaginative novel that moves in unpredictable, continuously surprising — but perfectly reasonable — directions as it explores the ways that we are all masked from one another, masked even from those we love most. It's a mystery story of the most resonant kind, but it's also a love story and, at its core, about the quest of grief for meaning."
"Review" by , "The story is poignant and suspenseful, with richly drawn characters, including the soulful hound who seems to hold the key to the mystery."
"Review" by , "Carolyn Parkhurst's The Dogs of Babel — so luminous, heartbreaking, comic, and daring — is an astonishing debut. Parkhurst writes of love and loss, and, above all, of what we can and cannot know of one another, with power and deeply earned grace."
"Review" by , "The brilliance of Parkhurst's novel lies in the subtle buildup of emotion as Paul digs deeper and deeper to discover the truth about the woman he loved....The beauty of the novel lies in how powerfully that emotional wave hits the reader. An unforgettable debut."
"Review" by , "Carolyn Parkhurst writes as well about talking dogs and square eggs as she does about the limits of language and the intractable mysteries of the self. The Dogs of Babel is a strange, beautiful and very moving novel that asks us to look, in equal measure, at the puzzle that is grief and the puzzle that is love."
"Review" by , "A poignant, affecting tale....Parkhurst delivers a remarkable debut in quiet, authoritative prose....Highly recommended."
"Review" by , "The Dogs of Babel is the most unique and imaginative book I have read in recent times. Parkhurst is a wonderful writer and her story is daring, tender and full of surprises as well as wisdom and insight. I simply could not put it down."
"Review" by , "Parkhurst tells her tale with considerable skill...a humanistic parable of the heart's confusions..."
"Review" by , "A neatly, almost perfectly constructed novel."
"Review" by , "A heartbreaking exploration of memory and language, grief and redemption."
"Review" by , "I read it without stopping, and I loved it completely."
"Synopsis" by , A poignant and beautiful debut novel explores a man's quest to unravel the mystery of his wife's death with the help of the only witness--their Rhodesian ridgeback, Lorelei.
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