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The Book of Dave: A Revelation of the Recent Past and the Distant Future

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When cabdriver Dave Rudman's wife of five years deserts him for another man, taking their only child with her, he is thrown into a tailspin of doubt and discontent. Fearing his son will never know his father, Dave pens a gripping text — part memoir, part deranged philosophical treatise, and part handbook of "the Knowledge" learned by all London cab drivers. Meant for the boy when he comes of age, the book captures the frustration and anxiety of modern life. Five hundred years later, the Book of Dave is discovered by the inhabitants on the island of Ham, where it becomes a sacred text of biblical proportion, and its author is revered as a mighty prophet.

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"First, the bad news: Reading Will Self's long, complicated new novel requires regular consultation of its glossary of invented words and a good English-language dictionary. Once decoded, the narrative seethes with domestic violence, misogyny, religious repression, bigotry, public torture, mental illness and cruelty to animals. More than a few scenes are spectacularly disgusting, a hallmark of this... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"Self achieves an elaborate vision of vicious superstition and hopeless struggle." New Yorker

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"[Y]ou will marvel at the ingenuity of this highly literate, superbly written satire of what societies deem sacred." Library Journal

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"[B]y turns acrid, funny and perversely moving." Kirkus Reviews

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"Though his prose can be undisciplined, Self's energy and ideas pick up the slack and make this a remarkably sharp book about the many ways people can go terribly wrong." Seattle Times

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"You're left with the intoxication of Self's wordplay and the clarity of his visions." Los Angeles Times

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"He wields language with the blazing precision and confident brio of a Jedi knight slashing through darkness." Mineapolis Star Tribune

Synopsis:

When East End cabdriver Dave Rudman's wife takes from him his only son, Dave pens a gripping text--a compilation about everything from the environment, Arabs, and American tourists to sex, Prozac, and cabby lore--that captures all of his frustrations and anxieties about his contemporary world. Dave buries the book in his ex-wife's Hampstead backyard, intending it for his son, Carl, when he comes of age.

 

Five hundred years later, Dave's book is found by the inhabitants of Ham, a primitive archipelago in post-apocalyptic London, where it becomes a sacred text of biblical proportions and the template for a new civilization. Only one islander, Symum, remains incredulous. But, after he is imprisoned for heresy, his son Carl must journey through the Forbidden Zone and into the terrifying heart of New London to find the only thing that will reveal the truth once and for all: a second Book of Dave that repudiates the first.

 

The Book of Dave is a profound meditation upon the nature of religion and a caustic satire of contemporary life.

Synopsis:

Five centuries after Dave Rudman wrote a gripping text--part memoir, part deranged philosophical treatise, and part handbook meant for his son when he came of age--it is discovered by the inhabitants on the island of Ham, where it becomes a sacred text of biblical proportion, and its author is revered as a mighty prophet.

About the Author

Will Self is the acclaimed author of such books as The Quantity Theory of Insanity, Great Apes, and How the Dead Live. He won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize and was shortlisted for the Whitbread Book of the Year. Will Self lives in London.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781596911239
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Self, Will
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fathers and sons
Subject:
Sacred books
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
London (england)
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20071030
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
512
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in

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Product details 512 pages Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - English 9781596911239 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Self achieves an elaborate vision of vicious superstition and hopeless struggle."
"Review" by , "[Y]ou will marvel at the ingenuity of this highly literate, superbly written satire of what societies deem sacred."
"Review" by , "[B]y turns acrid, funny and perversely moving."
"Review" by , "Though his prose can be undisciplined, Self's energy and ideas pick up the slack and make this a remarkably sharp book about the many ways people can go terribly wrong."
"Review" by , "You're left with the intoxication of Self's wordplay and the clarity of his visions."
"Review" by , "He wields language with the blazing precision and confident brio of a Jedi knight slashing through darkness."
"Synopsis" by ,
When East End cabdriver Dave Rudman's wife takes from him his only son, Dave pens a gripping text--a compilation about everything from the environment, Arabs, and American tourists to sex, Prozac, and cabby lore--that captures all of his frustrations and anxieties about his contemporary world. Dave buries the book in his ex-wife's Hampstead backyard, intending it for his son, Carl, when he comes of age.

 

Five hundred years later, Dave's book is found by the inhabitants of Ham, a primitive archipelago in post-apocalyptic London, where it becomes a sacred text of biblical proportions and the template for a new civilization. Only one islander, Symum, remains incredulous. But, after he is imprisoned for heresy, his son Carl must journey through the Forbidden Zone and into the terrifying heart of New London to find the only thing that will reveal the truth once and for all: a second Book of Dave that repudiates the first.

 

The Book of Dave is a profound meditation upon the nature of religion and a caustic satire of contemporary life.

"Synopsis" by , Five centuries after Dave Rudman wrote a gripping text--part memoir, part deranged philosophical treatise, and part handbook meant for his son when he came of age--it is discovered by the inhabitants on the island of Ham, where it becomes a sacred text of biblical proportion, and its author is revered as a mighty prophet.

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