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To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis
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Jan 21, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: 2009, sci-fi, funny-stuff
Read 2 times. Last read May 12, 2009.

I read To Say Nothing of the Dog about ten years ago and loved it, but I remembered so little about it. I was delighted to meet Connie Willis at the 2009 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books and get a signed copy. It turns out that the book is just as entertaining as I remember and quite a bit more complex. I had remembered the frenetic search for the bishop's bird stump and that it was really quite ugly. I had forgotten all the explanations of how the net worked and how things all worked out. I remembered the cat, but not the dog.

Last year, I tried to read the book that inspired Willis, Three Men in a Boat, and didn't make it through. It was funny, but repetitive and soon became boring. Willis avoids the flaws of Jerome while maintaining the slapstick spirit. Ultimately, it was the slapstick that I had remembered best about this book. You really don't have to read Three Men in a Boat to appreciate To Say Nothing of the Dog, but it does give you an appreciation of Ned's fan-boy reaction when he actually sees Jerome K. Jerome and his buddies boating up the Thames.
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Reading Progress

Finished Reading
January 21, 2008 – Shelved
May 1, 2009 –
page 4
0.81%
May 2, 2009 –
page 34
6.9%
May 6, 2009 –
page 86
17.44%
May 7, 2009 –
page 138
27.99%
May 8, 2009 –
page 158
32.05%
May 8, 2009 –
page 207
41.99%
May 10, 2009 –
page 241
48.88%
May 11, 2009 –
page 328
66.53%
Started Reading
May 12, 2009 – Finished Reading
May 13, 2009 – Shelved as: 2009
May 13, 2009 – Shelved as: sci-fi
May 16, 2010 – Shelved as: funny-stuff

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