To Say Nothing of the Dog

To Say Nothing of the Dog

eBook - 2009
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Ned Henry is sent back in time to the 19th century to obtain the original plans of Coventry Cathedral, destroyed by the Nazis in World War II. A rich American wants to rebuild it. Problems arise when Henry's lady friend saves a cat from drowning, an act that threatens to alter history.
Publisher: New York : Bantam, 2009
ISBN: 9780307574084
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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droou
Apr 28, 2017

Picked this out because the reviews are good, and the author Connie willis has won Hugo and Nebula awards. Unfortunately, this is a silly book and a bit of a mess. When the lead character Ned travels back in time to Victorian England and is befriended by a young man who is a fool, ie think Bertie Wooster without Jeeves. The story then becomes increasingly pseudo PG Wodehouse, as Ned travels to a country home and becomes involved in silly events such involving a dog, a cat, a pet fish etc. PG Wodehouse stories about Totleigh Towers are much funnier than this book, and Connie Willis should be done for plagiarism.

AliReads Oct 08, 2016

Hilarious and very clever.

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princessofburundi
May 18, 2012

Thoroughly enjoyable time-travel novel, witty, at times hilarious, incredibly well-researched, believable, well-written. The ending was a trifle predictable in Victorian fashion, but I think that it was fitting, given the subject matter.

Short summary: lots of people are travelling in time to help an eccentric and powerful rich lady restore Coventry Cathedral to the state it was in before the Second World War, romance follows, as do silly and laugh-provoking coincidences.

BiblioNB1 Nov 18, 2010

Fantastic and fun time travel novel. She also wrote a serious one, called "The Doomsday Book".

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