The Dogs of Babel

The Dogs of Babel

Book - 2003 | 1st ed
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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 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. Written with a quiet elegance and a profound knowledge of love's hidden places, The Dogs of Babel is a novel of astonishing and lasting power-a story of marriage, survival, and devotion that lies too deep for words.
Publisher: Boston : Little, Brown, c2003
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316168687
Branch Call Number: x
Characteristics: 264 p. ; 22 cm


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A story of grief, loss, going crazy and finally getting on with life. Paul Iverson is convinced that if he can figure out how to teach his dog Lorelei how to speak, she will reveal to him the mystery of his wife Lexi’s death. Readers of psychological fiction will enjoy this one.

Sep 26, 2011

I fell in love with this book in the first chapter... What a cool idea for book... Instantly became one of my favorites..

aliciamccreath Jun 24, 2011

I enjoyed this book, upsetting at times but a great story. Steve Carell will play the lead roll in the movie in 2013, knowing this ahead of reading the book made it that much more enjoyable, picturing him as Paul Iverson.

kantoni Sep 12, 2009

This book is a little weird, but so good. I think it has been seriously overlooked by readers.


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