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The Dogs of Babel

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Amazing!

When I read the reviews of this book, I thought it sounded rather strange. I am a dog lover though, so I was also intrigued, so I bought it anyway. I'm so glad I did. The writing is marvelous, the story is compellingly told, and I actually cried. I can't recommend t...
When I read the reviews of this book, I thought it sounded rather strange. I am a dog lover though, so I was also intrigued, so I bought it anyway. I'm so glad I did. The writing is marvelous, the story is compellingly told, and I actually cried. I can't recommend this book highly enough. You won't be sorry!

posted by Anonymous on June 19, 2003

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Most Helpful Critical Review

5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Why all the positive reviews?

I don't get it at all. The vast majority of people on this site seem to love this book. Why? Lexy is an extremely self-centered, unlikeable 'heroine' and Paul is a complete dolt whose moronic actions cause horrific consequences for the poor dog, Lorelei. W...
I don't get it at all. The vast majority of people on this site seem to love this book. Why? Lexy is an extremely self-centered, unlikeable 'heroine' and Paul is a complete dolt whose moronic actions cause horrific consequences for the poor dog, Lorelei. What is there to like in this book? If you're a dog lover or want to get caught up in characters you can actually care about, run, don't walk, away from The Dogs of Babel.

posted by Anonymous on November 8, 2005

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2012

    I really got into this book early on, but was very disappointed

    I really got into this book early on, but was very disappointed in the way it ended. I agree with some of the other reviewers in that I began to lose interest as I learned more about Lexy and found her less likeable. Additionally, once the narrator, Lexy's husband, sought out the meeting of the dog mutilation group, I didn't like him all that much either, even if he had no evil intentions. But I also give it three stars because of its honesty. I had just finished reading a couple of books where the main characters were either sickeningly sweet and flawless or completely psychotic and evil, and so this book reminded me that people are far more complex. After all, aren't we all flawed, but worthy of some love? And aren't there people in our lives that aren't always lovable but who we love nevertheless?

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  • Posted August 22, 2010

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    From Dogs To Nobodies

    If you want to read Dogs of Babel after reading Carolyn Parkhurst's latest novel, The Nobodies Album, be prepared for a very different kind of book. Dogs of Babel does not match up to the latest, but it has its own quirky appeal, as it is very offbeat while at the same time a touching story. On the other hand, it's not as good as her latest. Getting better with each novel is a good thing!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2006

    rollercoaster

    I thought this book was entertaining in some parts, but in others it just dragged. It had a great story line, but I had a hard time finishing it, in the end I had mixed feelings towards this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2006

    sad and haunting

    This book was okay - i really liked paul, the main character, loreleis was also GREAT. but lexy... could not attach to her at all! She was so frustrating and as the book came closer to an end Paul's situation became so depressing that I almost couldn't continue. overall though, the writer is gifted (you can tell she has her MFA) and the book works.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2006

    Interesting Read

    I just finished this book and I thought there would be this really substantial ending but I was let down. Even though, I liked the story and the way it showed the relationship of human to canine.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2003

    Mixed Emotions

    I was looking forward to reading this book, but was apprehensive after reading comments about the dog abuse.... and sure enough, that ruined it for me too. The book left me feeling down and I wouldn't highly recommend it.

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