To Say Nothing of the Dog Book Summary and Study Guide

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Ned Henry has been thrown around in time from one jumble sale to the next, looking for a bizarre object named the bishop's bird stump. This is all in an effort to rebuild the Coventry Cathedral, at a time when religion is out of favor, but money buys everything. Lady Schrapnell is intent on rebuilding the Cathedral, the site where her great-great-great-grandmother had an epiphany when she first laid eyes on the bishop's bird stump.
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On one of Ned's return trips, he runs into Verity Kindle, another time-travelling historian, and is instantly enchanted by her. Verity has a problem, however. She brought back an item through the time-travelling portal, and in doing so, could have changed the course of history forever. Now it's up to Ned and Verity to bring the item back, and straighten out any incongruities that might have resulted from her impulsive move.
The review of this Book prepared by Elizabeth Cooper

Ned Henry goes back in time to replace a cat and avoid the destruction of the space-time continuum. There he encounters a beautiful woman, a mystery, his imposing boss's ancestors, and a bulldog - to say nothing of the globe-eyed nacreus ryunkin!
The review of this Book prepared by Kristina

Historian Ned Henry is sent back in time to find the bishop's bird stump and replace Princess Arjumand - a cat - before the continuum falls to pieces. He struggles with Victorian manners and severe time lag - to say nothing of the dog.
The review of this Book prepared by Ivy

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 33.3%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 30% Tone of book    -   very upbeat FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Time Travel:    -   largely backwards/past Parody    -   Yes Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Time Travel story?    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   scholar Age:    -   20's-30's


Earth setting:    -   19th century Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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