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A Dodo at Oxford: The unreliable account of a student and his pet dodo

3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  32 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Discovered in a charity shop in Oxford, a diary supposedly written 300 years ago that describes the life of a student of science and his unusual pet. The author recorded the bird's every move, having some idea of its rarity, but not that his pet might have been the last to walk upon the earth. Though doubts have been cast about its authenticity, readers will be able to jud ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published September 16th 2010 by Oxgarth
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i read this for asu's ENG 469. not really my style of book, as i'm not a fan of the dry british comedy or historical fiction genres, so it was interesting to go out of my comfort zones.

the editors find a diary in a bookshop, detailing the time a young man spends studying his dodo, perhaps the last of its kind, at oxford in that pivotal time of scientific exploration and discovery, the late 1600's. but the book splinters in a thousand directions, fragmenting the idea of a book's ability to convey
5 stars for the concept; 3 stars for the actual thing.
Truth be told, when a friend buys a book for me, I'm more-often-than-not thankful, but shamefully put the book on a pile, probably never to be read again. In this case, however, some good friends of mine, who understand my . . . erm . . . quirky taste in books, picked this up while they were visiting Oxford. They also knew that Oxford is one of my favorite cities in the world, and I've seen a few cities in my time. As a US Air Force brat during the Reagan/Thatcher years, I lived in Bedford, UK, ...more
An excellent concept, a found book from a charity shop; a lost book. A diary about a pet Dodo kept by a student in the late 17th Century in Oxford.

There are lovely little details, of Oxford life, of kerning and ligatures in fonts and even speculation about the method Oxfam use to mark-up their second-hand books for sale.

I found the books unique format a little distracting. In the centre of the page are photographs of the "diary" and then a gloss of notes around the outer edge of the page. Eventu
One of my all-time favourite books. Absolutely hysterical.
Is it authentic? Almost certainly not, but this marvellous concoction is in many ways utterly believable. Giving a great flavor of student life at Oxford in the late 1600s, this little volume is also packed with subtle humor and amusing illustrations. I was completely entertained.
One word: tedious.

I'll throw in an additional word, to be inserted before "tedious": unnecessarily.

Funny little book. Forever confused by the pylons.
Fictional or not, this was a neat little book on Oxford's daily life and material culture in the late 17th century. It would be fun if the authors "found" the remaining volumes ...
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