Yes, it's a little hard to imagine but you won't run across any gory scenes, if that's what you're wondering. I think the book started out with a great premise, but it just didn't pan out.
I was so uncomfortable w/ those parts that I skipped them. I finished the book because I had to know why Lexy had died & if Lorelei would be OK.
I too was uncomfortable with the cruelty to dogs in the book. I did finish the book though.
If you read for pleasure, then don't bother finishing this book. What a depressing ending and what a contrived ending with lots of information that affects the outcome of the book that has been witheld until the end.
After I was done I thought, "Did he really need to screw with the dog to know what was going on?" If I had known what is revealed (and the husband knew all along!) at the end of the book, I wouldn't have needed to read to the end of the book. It is a hack writer's ploy, in my not-so-humble opinion.
I thought that he knew, but was in denial and used "solving the mystery" with Lorelei as a very odd means of perpetuating his denial. I enjoyed this book, despite the atrocities to the dogs. It was so far fetched that I couldn't envision the surgical procedures actually happening. That part of the story served as the impetus that was needed to end Paul's denial.
I love dogs, and I admit that the thought of such inhumane practices made me sick to my stomach. But my love of dogs also helped me to fathom Paul's desire to communicate with Lorelei, however farfetched. I think if you finish it, you will be happy with the ending. A husband's love and desire to seek the answer that he knows, but is unwilling to admit in his grief.
Oh my goodness. I absolutely loved this book. I guess I was able to put the dog stuff out of my head, and relish the human aspect of the book. It's one of the best books I've read in a long time.
Dogs of Babel
Did this book make any one else uncomfortable with its discussion of cruelty to dogs. I have had to quit reading it, I read for pleasure not angst. Can I get past this part and finish.
I loved this book. If you have a dog that 'talks' to you; you will laugh and cry with frustration as the owner tries to get his dog to give him details about his wife's death.
This was a stunning book in its portrayal of grief, but then it fell apart and what happened to the dogs was disgusting.
I think that one cannot read this for the sheer fact that it may seem to be about dogs.. Parkhurst did a wonderful job keeping this as she intended it to be- a mystery novel. I believe that even throughout the disturbing scenes of almost science-fiction-like experimentation on dogs, the author keeps the story compelling and engaging. In my opinion, the emotions of the characters lead this story, not the side-story of Lorelei and her endangerment by a group of fanatics. I think this book is a masterpiece and should be in every library.
I got into Parkhurst via Lost and Found, and because I loved that, I decided to read this one. It's an amazing, albeit depressing tale about a man struck by grief for his eccentric and temperamental wife. The overall theme of the book is similar to that of the Miracle Worker: communication. This book demonstrates just how far a man will go to cling on to the women he loves. I like how this book is so realistic--all the characters have flaws, and the main character is even a little bit insane. Very well-written all the way through. Admittedly, I really want to see a picture of Dog J.
This is my absolute favorite book in the entire universe. I have read it a million times. It really aches inside me and I think she did an absolutely excellent job of capturing real emotion and real life.
I absolutely LOVED this book! Seriously, it may be the best book I ever read. Can anyone suggest any authors that are similar to Parkhurst? Thanks!
Another dog book, from a dogs perspective is "Art of Racing in the Rain" by Garth Stein. A bit different from Dogs of Babel, but still very enjoyable!