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4.0 out of 5 stars Old peculiar, 31 Jan. 2013
This review is from: A Dodo at Oxford: The Unreliable Account of a Student and his Pet Dodo (Hardcover)
What an odd book. I picked it up because I was intrigued to know what it was; I wasn't much wiser by the end, but I enjoyed the journey. It refuses to admit that it is a work of fiction, but invites you to laugh with it not at it, and the margin notes are genuinely informative on a diverse range of topics from 17th century printing techniques to electricity pylons to spiders, and appear to be true as far as I can tell (it was a little frustrating that by not admitting that any of the work is fiction it loses the opportunity to tell you how much is actually fact.) Nevertheless I got quite caught up in the 17th century story (tantalisingly with neither beginning nor end), enjoyed working out what the prophetic dreams were referring to, and grew quite fond of the terribly earnest writer of the margin notes.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Unreliable Account of a Student and his Pet Dodo., 7 Jan. 2011
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Sebastian Leaver "Moon Light Leaver" (Burnley, Lancashire, NorthWest England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: A Dodo at Oxford: The Unreliable Account of a Student and his Pet Dodo (Hardcover)
Good book!
its not set up in the usual manner of a book but is one of the best reads ive had this year and is so originall no other book like it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderfully unreliable account!, 9 Nov. 2011
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W. Flowers (Lincolnshire, UK) - See all my reviews
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A wonderfully created book. The blurb and introductory chapters drew me in, and as the story evolves I became more and more fascinated with this remarkable story of a Dodo in eighteenth century Oxford. The dodo and his narratory are not what they initally seem at the start of the book - but kept me fascinated and enchanted throughout. A very well made book that was a constant pleasure to read from start to finish. What a shame the original has now sadly been lost - we can only wonder what else it may have revealed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wondered what to expect!, 17 Nov. 2013
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This review is from: A Dodo at Oxford: The Unreliable Account of a Student and his Pet Dodo (Hardcover)
Well, I've always had a soft spot for the poor, departed Dodo & knew there were some remains at Oxford University, so I wondered whether this would be the story behind those. Could a diary detailing events in the life of a Dodo transported from Mauritius eventually to Oxford have survived from the mid 17th Century? It does say "The Unreliable account" but there is a supposedly authenticated account of one of these birds kept by someone ? in London, so you'll just have to read it yourself to decide. It is well written & is embellished throughout with references to locations & people in the Oxford of that time. There is a twist right at the end but my lips are sealed - read for yourself!
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Dodo, I think not, 3 Oct. 2010
This review is from: A Dodo at Oxford: The Unreliable Account of a Student and his Pet Dodo (Hardcover)
This book is very enjoyable to read and does exactly what it says on the cover, the notes in the margin are very informative and I imagine correct. Living just outside Oxford I can vouch for the places mentioned. However the story of the student looking after what is possibly the last remaining Dodo stretches the bounds of credibility. The items that occur in supposed dreams are too cleverly interwoven into the story to be anything like true (I dreamed of two yellow lines on the road). The authors are very imaginitive people and were indeed fortunate to find the diary in the bookshop, or did they?
Overall an interesting and humorous read once you get used to the long 's' I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys humorous fiction
Iro Tytt
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