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The Rabbit Back Literature Society (C-Format Trade Paperback) Paperback – 21 Nov 2013
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‘[The Rabbit Back Literature Society] Mixes the small-town surrealism of Twin Peaks with the clandestine-society theme of Donna Tartt's The Secret History’ The List
‘Unnerving, enigmatic... Hints of Let the Right One In and Haruki Murakami's elliptical early science fiction novels flavour a creepy tale about mutating books, buried secrets and ghostly encounters’ - James Lovegrove, Financial Times
‘Wonderfully knotty... a very grown-up fantasy masquerading as quirky fable. Unexpected, thrilling and absurd’ Sunday Telegraph
‘Charming, chilling and gripping from its very first page’ Bizarre
‘Sly wit... characterises The Rabbit Back Literature Society’ Metro
‘Charming and intriguing, switching from playful to creepy to heartfelt and back again... good fun’ The Bookbag
‘The Rabbit Back Literature Society is a lobster pot of a book... an exquisite balance of suspense, precision-engineered structure and darkly playful humour... fascinating. And fun.’ 5-star review, SFX
‘A novel about big questions ... wonderful characters... amazing’ TQR Stories
About the Author
Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen, born in 1966, is one of Finland's best-kept secrets. A novelist and short-story writer, he is well known for his fantasy and sci-fi narratives and has twice won the Kuvastaja Fantasy Prize given by Finland's Tolkien Society and four times won the Atorax Award for Fantasy. He teaches Finnish language and literature and is the father of three sons.
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Such a promising start, but the narrative soon falls apart under the weight of its own pompous ambitions. There are just too many instances of failed attempts to insert juicy nuggets like the secrets of the society, why the members are virtually strangers though they had been firm childhood friends, Laura White's almost ethereal persona, and Ella's own barrenness, which seemed to hint at some significance to the plot, but which turns out to be nothing more than a needless detail. There are many dogs that seem to be attracted by the supernatural but their ominous presence is there more as a mood device, and perhaps to add to the suspense and senseless violence.
There were many ideas and characters in this novel, which were too jumbled to form a plausible story, and the effect is a phantasmagoric nightmare which one can't wait to shake off with an uncomfortable shiver.
Whilst I do enjoy the magic realism at play, the author seems unsure of how far to go with it, to the point that pretty much everything of interest in the book might be 'real' or might be fantastical. This can sometimes work, with unreliable narrators and differing points of view leaving you with an open ending that you have to fill in yourself, but for me this just goes too far, despite the attempt to suddenly wrap everything up in the epilogue (which is really not an epilogue at all, but a continuation of the story to an ending).
All in all, I was entertained, and expecting to give 4 stars, but the ending didn't really seem to know where it wanted to land with regards to the fantasy aspects, and the final 'reveal' didn't really work for me.
Others clearly enjoyed this more than me, though, so if you like quirky literary tales it might be for you. The ride is certainly entertaining, even if I found the destination slightly unfulfilling.
Admittedly this book probably was never meant for me, so you may want to make your own mind up. I struggled to whip up real interest in the story from the start but decided to continue reading, since it is a quiet time of year. Having finished it I wish I had left it for other readers who will appreciate it more.
Ella, the protagonist, is invited to join a select local writers' society when its leader mysteriously disappears. Ella turns detective. Not to discover what happened to the society's leading lady, however. She decides that the most pressing mystery that must be solved is who was the original 10th member of the society before she was. Her search forces various characters' intimate fantasies on the reader before... She gets her answer. Just like that.
If you care to read the epilogue you'll find out why the dogs were hanging around Martti's house. If you must. Don't expect any further revelations though.