The Dogs of Babel

The Dogs of Babel

Book - 2003
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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'....
Publisher: Boston : Little, Brown, [2003], ©2003
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316168687
0316168688
Branch Call Number: FICTION Par
Characteristics: 264 pages ; 22 cm

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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 dete... Read More »


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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.

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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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