Harry Radcliffe is a brilliant prize-winning architect - witty and remarkable. He's also a self-serving opportunist, ready to take advantage of whatever situations, and women, come his way. But now, newly divorced and having had an inexplicable nervous breakdown, Harry is being wooed by the extremely wealthy Sultan of Saru to design a billion-dollar dog museum.
In Saru, he finds himself in a world even madder and more unreal than the one he left behind, and as his obsession grows, the powers of magic weave around him, and the implications of his strange undertaking grow more ominous and astounding...
I love Carroll, but this book feels incomplete when finished. I literally said out loud, "what?" when I figured out there would be no more. If someone were to say, 'Hey which Jonathan Carroll book should I read, this wouldn't rank. He has beautiful descriptions and characters you love and loath and the same time. This book is worth a credit, and worth a listen, but its not his best.
Jonathan Carroll writes utterly compelling prose which draws you in and keeps your interest despite many distractions from the main plot, which is probably why I listened to the end of this audiobook although I wanted to stop several times. And when then end suddenly occurred I was left wondering what I'd missed, whether the final chapters were missing. Ultimately it was a big let down that leaves the listener / reader feeling foolish, as though they have missed the point somewhere along the way. Certainly not one of his best works.
Which brings me onto the performance; I am not familiar with Mark Turetsky and his work but, after listening through to the end of Outside the Dog Museum, I would certainly not rush to listen to anything else he has narrated. If you could imagine Stephen Hawking reading his what he did in the holidays at the front of his primary school class, you would get an idea of what a stilted performance this is. The stresses are in the wrong places, sentences are read with as though they are broken up, suggesting that he has read to the end of the line, paused and then realised that the sentence continues on the next line down. I am sure that Mr Turetsky, when on form, is a fine performer. This, however, is definitely not his finest hour.
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