Friday, April 22, 2011
To Say Nothing of the Dog
My all-time favorite book. Willis deftly handles time travel, comedy, romance, adventure, historical drama, the truth about cats and dogs, mystery and a touch of metaphysics. Clever and hilarious, To Say Nothing of the Dog follows the historian Ned Henry in a comedy of errors as he travels between Victorian England, the Blitz, and the not-so-distant possible future on a quest to find the Bishop's Bird Stump, solve (or save) a calamity, defeat the Nazis, and possibly stop the universe as we know it from being destroyed. Willis weaves an intricate plot into a creative, cohesive tapestry that defies any attempt at doing it justice in a short description. I've read this book to ragged shreds and still find something new in the story each time. Cleverly constructed, laugh-out-loud funny, likeable characters... to say nothing of the dog.