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To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis
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Aug 21, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: adventure, historical, humor, mystery, romance, science-fiction

Hapless time-travel historian Ned Henry is in search of a horrendous Victorian artifact called 'The Bishop's Bird Stump,' as part of a project to recreate Coventry Cathedral exactly as it was before it was bombed in World War II. Unfortunately, Ned has been doing so much time travelling that he's suffering from time-lag, which disorients its sufferers and starts them quoting melodramatic poetry. Ned needs a rest, but the project's financer, Lady Shrapnel, is ruthless in her pursuit of perfection--and the historians who will get it for her. Ned needs a safe place to recuperate, so travels to the Victorian era for a peaceful holiday drifting down the Thames River. Of course, nothing goes as planned, and Ned is soon embarked on a hilarious series of misadventures closely related to those encountered by the hapless heroes of Jerome K. Jerome's hilarious 'Three Men in a Boat, To Say Nothing of the Dog.'

This completely delightful book manages to be intelligent and touching as well as laugh-out-loud hilarious. Quite possibly the best book I’ve read in ten years.

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