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Outside the Dog Museum (1991)

– tekijä: Jonathan Carroll

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A prize-winning architect is pursued by the wealthy Sultan of Saru, who wants him to design a billion-dollar dog museum. After a devastating earthquake, the Sultan is assassinated, and his son wants the museum built in the Austrian Alps. The author's cult novels include A Child Across the Sky.
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I've come to the conclusion that it's impossible for [a: Jonathan Carroll|23704|Jonathan Carroll|https://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1222900262p2/23704.jpg] to write something that I won't enjoy.

I came upon [b: The Ghost in Love|2997253|The Ghost in Love|Jonathan Carroll|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1311993428s/2997253.jpg|3027737] like a starving person, devouring every word and finding myself ultimately unsatisfied by the end of the book. The dissatisfaction did not come from disappointment in the story, the characters, or the writing - it was instead a devastating realization that the book was done. From that moment on I've been looking for these books madly, reading them all as they cross my path and anticipating more with an eagerness that borders on madness.

So, having a few Carroll books that I've yet to read in my possession I asked the equally insane
I found Outside the Dog Museum to be a more straightforward Carroll book than I'm used to. It followed a more linear path than many of his other works, and in the end, made a bit more sense than I was expecting. As karen has stated before, Carroll's books tend to have somewhat weak endings. I thought that Outside the Dog Museum bucked that trend rather nicely, wrapping things up in a way that was appropriate for the story and not altogether unexpected.

This book was ultimately quite a beautiful experience, and I already know someone I'm eager to get to read it. Not necessarily lend the book to, as I'm rather proud of the first US edition that Jonas got me...

Also, how inappropriate is this cover? It looks a bit like [b: Atlas Shrugged|662|Atlas Shrugged|Ayn Rand|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1405868167s/662.jpg|817219] in one edition or another. It doesn't even have a bull terrier on it. Did someone read this and thing a bull terrier was a bulldog somehow? ( )
  Lepophagus | Jun 14, 2018 |
This was such a great book! It has been so long since I've read a book by Jonathan Carroll that it was sheer delight to return to his captivating story-telling.

This book is part of a series, but I don't remember much of the previous books in this series since I read them so long ago. However, the contents of the previous books were not necessary to fully enjoy this story.

Carroll has this mischievous way of introducing surreal elements into his stories at times when the reader would least expect it. He also has this penchant for inserting a bull terrior into each of his books, and this novel was no exception with the character of Big Top.

The story was of Harry Radcliffe, a womanizing, egotistaical, famous architect who was given a rather strange assignment of building a Dog Museum for the Sultan of Saru. Saru is a middle eastern country, one that neither you nor I have heard of until Jonathan Carroll created it for this story.

I f you like conflict, you'll find it in this book. There is plenty of conflict between the Sultan and his brother as well as conflict between Harry's two women, Fanny and Calire. Well, I'll let you read the story for yourself.

Be prepared to meet lots of colorful characters (I wrote notes on them to keep them straight) and vociabulary words (which I also wrote down) in more than one language. Since part of the action takes place in Austria, you'll find a sprinkling of German words in the text. Nothing earth-shattering, but I looked them up because I am fairly familiar with German and love learning new words.

Some quotes from this book seemed particularly noteworthy to me. Here are a few.

"Both of us hated to cook. As a result, meals at the Radcliffe home were either vile, bizarre, or not at all."

"Whenever I’m reading, I mark words I don’t know, copy them down, and look them up the next time I’m near a dictionary."

"I gave the Radcliffe theory on horror films, which was, Society is so jaded that nothing normal entertains people anymore so we’ve moved to the next level down, which is to choke, maim, and electrocute."

"If this old nutbag stood on a corner in New York saying the things he said in his interview, people would take one look and steer around him PDQ. But here was Cthulhu leading a successful revolution against the government of Saru."

I'm ready to read more works by this author, but I want some time in between to digest what I just read. If you are unfamiliar with this author, try this book if you like intelligent works of character development with a sprinkling of fantasy. ( )
  SqueakyChu | Dec 3, 2017 |
Carroll's stuff is always entertaining, but often leaves me wondering, "What was the purpose?". The plots are very odd and rather thin, and in this book I felt like that was more obvious because he kept slipping into little mini stories that really seemed needed in order to add some excitement to the main plot line. At 2.5 stars I'm thinking I'll probably not read much more of his stuff. Just don't have the time anymore. ( )
  ragwaine | Sep 24, 2015 |
Just not enough at stake here, and I think I may just need to stop reading books whose narrators/protagonists are callow contemporary American white guys for a while. Literarily, they form a remarkably narrow type that has been so completely over-explored to so little resulting revelation that I simply don't CARE about what happens to them anymore, whether or not there's magic involved, or biblical fairy tales, or whatever. There, I've said it. I thought of trying another of Carroll's books, but since he apparently recycles a lot of his characters and his tropes, not sure if there's much point.

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  CSRodgers | May 3, 2014 |
I understood this book for about five minutes after I finished it. Then it was gone. ( )
  libgirl69 | Apr 20, 2014 |
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Whenever I’m reading, I mark words I don’t know, copy them down, and look them up the next time I’m near a dictionary.  (p. 222)
I gave the Radcliffe theory on horror films, which was, Society is so jaded that nothing normal entertains people anymore so we’ve moved to the next level down, which is to choke, maim, and electrocute. (p. 217)
If this old nutbag stood on a corner in New York saying the things he said in his interview, people would take one look and steer around him PDQ. But here was Cthulhu leading a successful revolution against the government of Saru.
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A prize-winning architect is pursued by the wealthy Sultan of Saru, who wants him to design a billion-dollar dog museum. After a devastating earthquake, the Sultan is assassinated, and his son wants the museum built in the Austrian Alps. The author's cult novels include A Child Across the Sky.

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