- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Headline Review; First Edition edition (3 Mar. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0755379284
- ISBN-13: 978-0755379286
- Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 22.3 x 3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 727 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 455,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
When God was a Rabbit: The Richard and Judy Bestseller Hardcover – 3 Mar 2011
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'At times laugh-out-loud funny, at others gut-wrenchingly sad, the book is peppered with unique and complex characters who are so original, well-observed and believable that you'll be completely absorbed into their world'--Easy Living
‘It perfectly captures the hazy, magical nature of youth and all its mysteries, against a backdrop of real-life events'--Elle
'A story of siblings, friendship, secrets and love, told with sadness and humour'--Marie Claire
'A genuinely captivating read'--Glamour
‘In the way that David Nicholls' ONE DAY follows two people through their lives, this traces a family story over four decades in the most unexpected way'--Red Magazine
'Exciting debut...a fabulously quirky novel'--Woman & Home
‘It's rare to find a novel you're recommending to friends, family and colleagues by page 60 but When God Was A Rabbit is just that kind of book... it's funny (embarrassingly so on public transport), recognizably true and heart-breaking in equal measure... A truly great book to lose yourself in; prepare to bore everyone else around you by telling them just how much they need to read it'--Stylist
'Winman's narrative voice is beautifully true, with a child's unsentimental clarity. A superb debut'--The Times
'I think what I liked most about this novel is that it was a rollicking family story - in which we get to know a fairly large cast of eccentric characters and follow them through some tricky decades. What was extra appealing to me was that the years covered by this debut novel by Sarah Winman are those--almost exactly--of my own life'--Paul Magrs
‘When I got to the end I had to immediately contact a couple of other people who had also been given proof copies, just so I could talk about it. What I particularly liked was the possibility of interpretation of events. Winman reels you in to her world and makes you work for resolution. What she does not do is manipulate you or lay it all out on a plate'--Booktopia.com
‘There are books that tug on the heartstrings, and then there are full-on tractor pulls. When God Was a Rabbit falls into the latter category...[Winman's] prose also has an elegiac, simple beauty, which she uses to nimbly guide her characters through 30-odd eventful years of history...Winman really proves herself capable of making camp inside our tear ducts--and of, one hopes, writing other novels in the future'--Globe and Mail (Toronto)
‘Savour the fragile beauty of the writing. Another Mark Haddon in the making? We reckon so'--Irish Times
‘Gloriously offbeat... Winman's narrative voice is beautifully true, with a child's unsentimental clarity. A superb debut'--The Times
‘Winman pulls a good number of rabbits from her hat in a picaresque coming-of-age tale...[An] affecting and original debut--Library Journal
‘A heartbreaking story of the secrets and hopes of a sister and brother who share an unshakable bond. Winman shows impressive range and vision'--Publishers Weekly
‘Winman's fiction debut, spanning the late 1960s and early 2000s, boasts one of the more endearingly unconventional families in a while... [Winman's] quirky voice maintains its energy; even at her most precocious, Elly never wears out her welcome'--Kirkus
Both a Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller and a Richard and Judy Book Club pick, WHEN GOD WAS A RABBIT was praised as one of the most striking and original novels of the year.See all Product description
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We all have to eat and drink, we all have to poo and pee.
"Its life Jim, but not as we know it".
This great book is an analogy of the beauty of something so ugly.
We are a species that has no clue what we are doing. We have been making the same mistakes, ever since we emerged from the womb. We have become used to making these same mistakes,over and over again. These same mistakes define us, without them we are truly lost.
Then we create a new generation of mistakes.
Mistakes that are taught by the mistakes of old.
We are moulded into the shapes that our parents were moulded into.
We will have great moments of awareness, an awareness that shows us the madness of our existence. But what value are eyes that can see, if it means rejecting our blind families and friends.
A man was asked, why he was so passionate about supporting his football team. A team that he followed through good times and bad times, throughout his life. He thought long and hard but couldn't verbalize his passion.
After a while he replied, "Because it's the only time in his life, that he feels a sense of belonging".
Life is about one thing, surviving.
Finding the intricate individual formula, for each and everyone of us, that keeps us in this game.
And a headscratcher of a game it is!!
A game where the ones who have perfect vision, test the ones who are blind.
We soon realise that our elevator starts to plummet, when we have too much time to think.
If we fill our mind with as many distractions, our elevator will stabilise.
One of the most pertinent sayings ever, is this one, "Ignorance is Bliss".
The insane asylums are full of intelligent, wise, thinkers.
While the real lunatics are on the other side of that wall.
These are the people who will never truly appreciate, the beauty of Rabbit poo.
Spanning 40 years we read about Elly's life - both good and bad times. Yes there are a couple of stereotypical characters and some events die without fully being explored whereas others are explored too much, but still this is well written and held my attention perfectly.
The tone of the book can veer from highly amusing to deeply melancholy in the blink of an instant. Early on something shocking happens to Elly, but she glosses over it and we're off and away into another story. For a while I felt like shouting "hold on a minute!" everytime the author did this, but after a while I adjusted. By the end I was thoroughly in love with Elly and her cast of eccentrics. I'm not sure I'll remember much about this book in a few months' time, but I truly enjoyed the time I spent reading it.
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