You may have noticed that humor tends to be a trend with most of my book recommendations. Well, here is another funny read, but with time travel and Victorian England thrown in the mix. You may say that this book is a bit unusual, but in the best way that is both brilliant and hilarious. This month I recommend To Say Nothing Of The Dog by Connie Willis published in 1998.
It is the year 2057, when historians are time travelers. Ned Henry has been trying to find the bishop’s bird stump, a hideous Victorian artifact demanded by the irrepressible Lady Schrapnell, and as a result of too many time drops, he has become time lagged. But when fellow historian Verity Kindle accidently breaks the laws of time, they must travel to Victorian England to prevent the time continuum from falling apart and causing worldwide destruction. Along the way, they will meet a variety of characters such as an absent-minded professor, spiritualist, prissy young woman, fish-loving cat, and love-struck student, to say nothing of the dog. This novel is rife with humor, complexity, history, time travel, and a mash of characters that will keep you laughing throughout.
Book Group Questions
- There is an argument in the story about whether history is controlled by blind forces or by the actions of individuals. How do you think history is made?
- Do you believe that one person or action could completely alter the course of history? How was this shown throughout the novel?
- What are your thoughts about the references to a Grand Design and how it helped to restore history to its course?