When God Was a Rabbit
This is a book about a brother and a sister. It's a book about secrets and starting over, friendship and family, triumph and tragedy, and everything in between. More than anything, it's a book about love in all its forms.
In a remarkably honest and confident voice, Sarah Winman has written the story of a memorable young heroine, Elly, and her loss of innocence- a magical po...more
Rasanya memang nggak biasa kalau kamu punya kelinci yang dikasih nama ‘god’. Atau ‘tuhan’. Atau mungkin kita saja yang nggak terbiasa untuk mengerti sekeluarga yang tidak percaya Tuhan. Mungkin kita bisa bilang aneh. Mungkin juga tidak. Keluarga dengan ayah dan ibu atheis, anak lelaki gay, tante lesbi, anak perempuan dengan rahasianya, sahabat perempuan yang masuk penjara, dan hadiah undian yang amat besar.
Dari awal ceritanya memang agak aneh dan penuh teka-teki. Banyak rahasia-rahasia y...more
Въпреки чудатостите в нея, това е една много топла, човешка и истинска книга, забавна и весела, тъжна и жестока. Книга, в която няма нито една излишна дума, която...more
Чела съм по-хубави книги. Романи, които са ме карали щастливо да се усмихвам при мисълта, че някой пише точно толкова иронично, колкото на мен ми се ще да чета. Разгръщала съм глави трескаво, с почти ст...more
When God Was a Rabbit adalah buku drama komedi satir yang kompleks. Pahit sekaligus juga manis. Terbagi menjadi 2 bagian, yang pertama memoar Elly saat ia kecil dan bagian kedua ketika Elly menginjak usia yang ke 27. Tulisan Sarah Winman langsung terasa 'meg...more
Even though Elly is older than me, much of her childhood resonates with familiarity - watching the Generation Game and shouting out the prizes in excitement, the magic of polaroid cameras, chocolate teacakes and doing the pools! Elly shares not just a deep and binding bond with her brother Joe, but also a sensitivity and awareness of the world that seems to separate them from the world of their peers. They are, in everything, a...more
I do like the main story; it's about the love and bond between a brother and sister, a family, friendships and love in all forms. It's a beautiful concept, really. But I'm afraid I cannot say I enjoyed the book as much, let alone reread it.
To me it's like a big jigsaw puzzle and the a...more
Just finished it today. I absolutely LOVED this book. There are some conversations in there that I have marked, as I think they speak such truth. One in particular about the last par...more
the story of Elly as a little girl is magical, heart breaking, sweet, sad, funny, and in a few words: literary perfection
I feel like, had this part of the novel been removed completely, this book would have been perfect. I think the most fascinating part about stories is not knowing the TRUE ending. About being left at one part of someone's life and imagining just what happened afterwards. By showing Elly as an adult, the mystery was lost and expectations were not met. The wonder...more
The fictional character of Elly is a real British girl. Born in 1968, she charts her life around popular culture and world events as she becomes self-aware and of what it means to be British, female and part...more
I mostly enjoyed this book, but I had some major issues with it, reason why at first I thought I wasn't going to like it but it progressively grew on me as I continued reading.
The book is divided into two main parts which Elly, the protagonist and narrator, depicts in the preface as the two main periods in her life; the first one being her childhood, and the second her late twenties, early thirties. I thought the second part was considerably better; I found most of the events in the first par...more
I read these book descriptions. They sound on the far side of boring. They almost scream: "I am literature. LIT-er-a-ture. Pronounced the douchey way, dear. I only bore you because you are dumb. If you were actually an intellectual, you would bow before my literary prowess. Read the New Yorker more, darling."
Whyyyyyyy?!?!? Why do people publish these books? Why do critics RECOMMEND them?!? Why do I read them?!?!? I know the answer to the...more
I feel as if I read this book as a pleasure read (though pigs would fly before I found this enjoyable) I wouldn't detest it as much as I do now.
For a school assignment I was forced to read this (well actually my friend picked this...). Every single day for the last 5 weeks I've spent 2 hours a day dissecting an...more
The descriptions of nature with its the beginnings and endings were so...more
This story begins in the past, looking at the early lives of the main protagonists, and it is this section of the novel which sets the tone for the remainder of the story and lures you into the lives of the characters within. It is this section of the story which really r...more
I agree with the other reviewers who say that the second half of this book is nowhere near as good as the first half.
The first half, with its expanding cast of eccentric characters, is gripping and endearing, even though the poor rabbit gets quite a raw deal. The second half, I felt, was rather strange, and it was difficult for me to feel much empathy with the characters whom I had liked in the first half. I don’t feel we really get to know the first-person narrator as an adult, or even whether...more
Even though it was my last out of the four that I picked, it ended up being the first that I read. I checked out a few reviews online and realised it had quite a lot of good com...more
When God was a Rabbit describes itself as the story of a brother and sister, "about childhood and growing up, friendships and families, triumph and tragedy and everything in between...about love in all its forms". That is a perfectly fair description as far as it goes. What it doesn't say is anything of the quiet and kindly magic with which Sarah Winman defines her charac...more
Having said that, I'd be hard-pressed to tell you exactly what this book was about. For the most part, it follows the first half of the life of Elly, a young British girl who came of age after the Vietnam war. The story is bookended by the meeting (and meeting again, years la...more
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The title and the synopsis of the content is what made me grab this book in the first place . A story which is woven around the lives of a brother and a sister is almost unavoidable and alluring enough for someone who is a sister herself, I assume . The cover is mesmerizing to say the least , but the blurb throws off a wrong signal that the content might be childish , the title being one with the essence of fantasy oozing...more
I absolutely loved Eleanor Maud the little girl because she was hilarious and always had this funny way of thinking. She observed everything around her and always remembered to apply information she lea...more
Meet little Elly: Within quirky anecdotes that adds a smirk on anyone’s face. Elly happily sketches scenes from her childhood. There are her loving parents, a Shirley Bassey impersonator and, of course, a rabbit named God. And not to forget Jenny Penny, Elly’s best friend and partner in crime, a fantastic character that smells of chips and knows exotic words like ‘slag’. In a childhood peppered with mo...more
No puedo decir más porque revelaría demasiado. A pesar de lo frustrante que fue el proceso de leerlo, me ha gustado, aunque la h...more