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The Book of Dave by Will Self
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Sep 06, 2007

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2007
Recommended for: twisted minds
Read in September, 2007

This is an amazing book. Amazingly twisted. Amazingly disturbing. Amazingly imaginative. Amazingly differently-told.

First and foremost, having a knowledge (not necessarily Knowledge) of London and its environs would be useful to enhance appreciation of the tale. The use of written cockney is really painful at first, but you kinda get used to it slowly. And the switching from "present day" to "the future" at each chapter provides a great way of painting the end result *and* slowly doling out HOW these results came about.

So what's it about? A temporarily insane cabbie suffering from depression and schizophrenia writes a book of misogynistic and twisted advice to his estranged son, and buries this "book" in the garden. Much later, some natural catastrophe occurs: England is inundated, everything regresses.... and "The Book of Dave" is not only discovered, but treated like the Bible. The story that unfolds is twisted, disturbing, but ultimately hopeful.

I highly recommend this book, but be prepared to take it slow.
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