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The Dogs of Babel by Carolyn  Parkhurst
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Mar 31, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: read-it-loved-it
Recommended for: anyone who can handle a sad story
Read in July, 2008

Very pretty, very lyrical. Very very sad.

A little bit pretentious but mostly a sincere account of the pain and loss that comes with loving someone who has a mental illness.

You take a journey with the hero as he tries to make sense of the death of his wife. A tragic accident? A suicide? As he slowly begins to unravel, He believes that if he can teach his dog how to speak, she can tell him what happened to Lexy.

I've read some reviews of the book that said they hated Lexy and didn't understand why someone would go to such lengths for her. Coming from a family rife with mental illness, I can tell you that loving someone so mercurial and so unpredictable leads to a kind of obsession. You crave the good parts and you sublimate the bad ones.

This is a gorgeous debut novel. Despite some of the silliness and in some cases because of the silliness, we are taken along a dark, but oddly whimsical path of love, loss, talking dogs, psychic commercials and faith.

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