To Say Nothing of the Dog: Or How We Found the Bishop's Bird Stump at Last (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

To Say Nothing of the Dog: Or How We Found the Bishop's Bird Stump at Last (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

by Connie Willis
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To Say Nothing of the Dog 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 107 reviews.
momcatj More than 1 year ago
When Lady Schrapnell agrees to endow the time travel project, it seems like a dream come true for the researchers at Oxford University. They didn't count on their benefactor deciding to use the project to re-create Coventry Cathedral, sending travelers back to umpteen different time periods to locate objects. Time lagged and exhausted, Ned Henry is sent back to Victorian England to recuperate away from the demanding patron. Unfortunately, he's sent so hastily that he arrives unprepared to fit into an era of seances, village fetes, and penwipes. He lands at a railway station in 1888 where he meets a dreamy college student who spouts poetry and tends to fall in love suddenly, an eccentric Oxford professor, a bulldog named Cyril and a whole host of characters who could have walked out of a P.G. Wodehouse novel. Ned is infatuated with Verity, a fellow time traveler, but he isn't sure if it's true love or time-lag. Whatever, they need to resolve a little problem caused by Verity's accidental removal of an item that needs to be returned to its rightful place or else. . . well, they're not quite certain what may happen but that might mean the downfall of civilization. At the very least they might be stuck in the past. As you may have gathered, this is a difficult book to explain properly. I can tell you that it's an entertaining adventure with science fiction, a bit of romance, some farce and a comedy of manners. I think it's a delightful tale that should appear to a wide variety of readers, including those who don't usually like science fiction or fantasy. One of my favorite scenes has a weary 1940 time traveler telling a colleague that a native asked about the Queen. "I told him she was wearing a hat. She did, didn't she? I can never remember which one wore the hats." They all did, is the response, except for Victoria. And Camilla. (It's worth noting that this book was written in 1997.) By the way, the title comes from Jerome K. Jerome's Three Men in a Boat, but you don't need to have read that to enjoy some of the in-jokes and brushes with history. I highly recommend this book for your reading pleasure.
TeRenee More than 1 year ago
A fun and witty novel, To Say Nothing of The Dog was engaging and intellectually stimulating. It was quirky and well written, capturing my attention from the very beginning. I enjoyed every minute of it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I hadn't heard of this book or the author until I saw it on the Hugo Award list. It ended up being the exact book that I was wanting to read. The idea of time travel is appealing to me and the rules and ideas that Connie imploys in her image of it were terrific in my opinion. With it's drama and underlying humor I was only disappointed when I finished the final word. I immediately found, bought and read Doomsday Book and finished that with the same exhuberance.
christer More than 1 year ago
I read this after re-discovering Connie Willis and reading The Dooms Day Book. It takes place in the time traveling historian's universe and is a somewhat lighthearted look at restoration of the Coventry Cathedral. I loved it. Connie Willis is an engaging, wonderful writer and I have enjoyed reading everything in this 'series'. The books stand alone but I liked reading them in the order she wrote them.
Joel_M More than 1 year ago
The year is 2057 and Oxford University has a time travel device that is used by their historians. When something is brought back through the machine from the Victorian era (something that is supposedly impossible) the historians furiously scramble to figure out if they have caused an incongruity and get events back into their proper course if they have...all while trying to track down a hideous piece of Victorian art for the overbearing Lady Schrapnell. This is probably the best fiction I read last year. Between the silliness of Victorian England and all the little things that keep going wrong for the main characters, this book is hilarious. Connie Willis has managed to construct a thoroughly enjoyable time travel tale with a fairly complex plot that seems to be free of major plot holes or paradoxes. Loved it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I picked up this book because I used to live (for a brief stint) in Coventry England, so it peaked my curiosity. I was not disapointed. It mixed Sci Fi with old England in such a great way. I want to read it again!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Connie Willis' books are always well researched and written. This is no exception. Time travelers in the 21st century are going back to various points in history to re-build Coventry Cathedral which was destroyed in the second World War. To say much else really could spoil it. Wonderful book with wonderful characters that leaves you with a wonderful feeling when you're done. I wound uop sending this out as birthday presents this year. I cannot reccomend it too strongly!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While the first chapter or so confused me (on purpose! it's part of the plot) and it took 30 pages or so to get into the story, once I understood what was happening, I was completely hooked. The writing is very stylized, similar to what you might find in Jane Eyre, and it highlights the Victorian setting where the book takes place. I found myself literally laughing out loud at the (absurd, yet totally believable) things that happen to the main character, and I flew through this book. You definitely have to have a certain academic background and sense of humor to "get" this book. There are several literary references and historical events that might pass you by otherwise. It reminded me a little bit of Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next series, so if you liked that, give this one a chance. I'll definitely be reading more from this author!
allipat More than 1 year ago
It was very slow to start. I got to page 100 and gave up. The other ladies whom continued past page 150 finally started to understand the plot. Those who continued enjoyed it. I may pick it back up after I have read other books that interest me more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As if you hadn't already guessed, this book suddenly jumped to the top of my favorite book list. It's funny, there's action, there's romance, the characters are creative and detailed. I especially loved how everything fit together at the end. Please read this book!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This novel takes a very interesting and refreshing view of time travel, and pens a wonderful tale. I really enjoyed this novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ms. Willis has written another winner! Witty and erudite.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My first Connie Willis book and i cant wait to tear into another one!
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Early_Modern_Woman More than 1 year ago
"To Say Nothing of the Dog" is my new go-to book for relaxation re-reading. An historian in a future where historians do research by time-travelling is sent to the Victorian era for R&R. Hardly. He joins a poetry-quoting, love-sick undergrad on a boating excursion. Sigh. Every attempt I make at describing either gives away significant plot twists or sounds sappy. The book is hysterical. Once you've read it through, you can pick it up at any point at read a chapter or two (or the whole rest of the book). Right up there with David Lodge's "Small World" and the Gaiman/Pratchett collaboration "Good Omens." Like both of those books, great for "English majors": lots of quoting and clever allusions.
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No points and I have got the prophecy but you got to run goad
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This book was pretty good and had some humor to it. It was a bit predictable in spots but it didn't spoil the overall. I would keep reading if there had been more books.
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Kamaki More than 1 year ago
A relaxing, entertaining read! It will challenge your grasp of English literature, but it is OK if your grasp is weak! The tour through some the English geography is fun as well as the customs of the nineteenth century English.
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Loved it!
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