When God was a Rabbit: From the bestselling author of STILL LIFE

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When God was a Rabbit: From the bestselling author of STILL LIFE

When God was a Rabbit: From the bestselling author of STILL LIFE

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The seemingly gentle 80-year-old man is an alleged concentration camp survivor, and Elly starts believing that he is her best friend.

Despite the gravity of events, Winman pulls a good number of rabbits from her hat in a picaresque coming-of-age tale where characters disappear then shockingly reappear. British actress Winman's fiction debut, spanning the late 1960s and early 2000s, boasts one of the more endearingly unconventional families in a while. She finds herself wishing she could go back to the old days (the novel's title, referring to Elly's pet rabbit, represents her childhood, a golden age even though it had its share of calamity) - but, of course, she can't. I think I went onto auto-pilot while reading this book, which means pages turned but inside my head I was thinking about more interesting things, like what color I was going to paint my room this year.Honestly, you could take any one of those calamities and zero in your focus on that and still have a compelling story — instead, we’re left holding blurry pictures with a few scribbled words on the back that are meant to mean something to the reader, but ultimately doesn’t. Despite it touching on many issues that could appear "heavy", the writing is amazingly fluid and never taxing. To illustrate this point - early on in the book, the main character's brother asks how she knows about Mr Golan's penis. Narațiunea este expusă din perspectiva protagonistei Elly, care își înșiruie povestea pornind din copilărie (începând cu 1968) și ajungând la maturitate (începând cu 1995). Without giving it away, as this is a read i would suggest to anyone, it has been a rollercoaster of emotions from laughter, turmoil, heartbreak and wonder.

Is it the story of family relationship both 'nuclear ' and extended, is it a treatise on gay relationships, is it an account of a brother and sister growing to adulthood across the latter part of the 20th Century and of course all of these can be totally harmoniously co-joined and indeed they are but the story comes off its rails because of the bizarre and unreasonable loading up of accidents of chance and fantasy as it goes on. There were points when it reminded me of the two Siri Hustvedt books I've read this year - a pretty impressive achievement for a debut novel. I was delivered by an off-duty nurse in my parents’ bedroom on an eiderdown that had been won in a raffle, and after a swift labor of twenty-two minutes my head appeared and the nurse shouted Push!Elly discovers that her brother is in love with his friend, Charlie Hunter, and that the two boys are engaged in a clandestine romance. The sound of the trunk fracturing and splintering and falling to earth was the sound his heart would have made, could it speak. He started to do that, started to inform me of everything; the inconsequential, the meaningful; conversations that ended in a cul-de-sac of unanswerable rhetoric. The characters, who could have been so interesting if fully formed, are half-baked, badly drawn, sketch outlines of characters, insipid and vapid, nothing substantial in them at all.

There's a curious coldness about the characters sometimes, and despite the vivid exploration of Elly's childhood, I didn't feel I knew much about who she was as an adult. From Essex and Cornwall to the streets of New York, from 1968 to the events of 9/11, When God Was a Rabbit follows the evolving bond of love and secrets between Elly and her brother Joe, and her increasing concern for an unusual best friend, Jenny Penny, who has secrets of her own. Inevitably, some of the lightness leaves the writing here - even Winman can't be amusing about the fall of the Twin Towers.Her best friend, Jenny Penny, has a tarty mum and a series of "uncles", her own mother is half in love with her gay aunt, her lawyer father is having a breakdown, and her brother is coming to terms with his own sexuality. If anything it distracted from the heart of the story and relied on the reader's existing emotional connection to the event to tug at the heart strings.

When God Was a Rabbit follows the life of a young girl – Eleanor Maud (Elly for short) – as she grows up first in Essex, then Cornwall and the various characters she meets and befriends along the way. But the death isn't ruled a murder—and might never have been if one of the gang—a cadging sybarite named Bunny Corcoran—hadn't shown signs of cracking under the secret's weight. Aceasta ne dezvăluie momentele ce au marcat viața sa și a celor dragi ei, abordând teme precum legăturile puternice de familie, prietenia de durată, copilăria marcată de momente frumoase, dar și traumatizante, dragostea în toate formele ei de manifestare, pierderea și regăsirea de-a lungul vieții. In hyper adulthood, Winman stretches her characterisation like it’s on elastic and the themes, storylines and people are stretched far too much, in my humble opinion, to be believed and recognisable. Both Portman children are heartbroken when their family moves from Essex to Cornwall after their parents opt to open a bed and breakfast with money won in the lottery.Lack of detail is a problem at other points in the book, the most obvious example being that Elly is sexually abused by a neighbour as a child, but as it's never directly referred to or talked about (until the very end, and even then we don't find out what actually happened), this is a weirdly indistinct detail and you never get any sense of how it has truly affected her. I don't remember much of the 70's but my fellow group members do and their feeling was that the things discussed so openly in the book would not have been in the 70's as everything was much more pushed under the carpet, politely ignored - the way that domestic abuse, homosexuality, child abuse is discussed in the book is much more post 90's than 70's. i think it was because I knew everything about him, had read it all - the beautiful, the sordid, the all of his book. Jenny has a tumultuous family life, as her mother is a promiscuous alcoholic, and the two girls lean on one another, forming a life-long friendship. In an un-chick-lit way, the author Winman paints characters that seem to live whimsical lives lived between fact and fable.

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