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The Book of Dave | [Will Self]

The Book of Dave

What if a demented London cabbie called Dave Rudman wrote a book to his estranged son to give him some fatherly advice? What if that book was buried in Hampstead and hundreds of years later, when rising sea levels have put London underwater, spawned a religion? What if one man decided to question life according to Dave? And what if Dave had indeed made a mistake?
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Publisher's Summary

What if a demented London cabbie called Dave Rudman wrote a book to his estranged son to give him some fatherly advice? What if that book was buried in Hampstead, and hundreds of years later, when rising sea levels have put London underwater, spawned a religion? What if one man decided to question life according to Dave? And what if Dave had indeed made a mistake?

Shuttling between the recent past and a far-off future, in which England is terribly altered, The Book of Dave is a strange and troubling mirror held up to our times: disturbing, satirizing, and vilifying who and what we think we are.

©2006 Will Self (P)2010 WF Howes Ltd

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  • helen
    MENAI BRIDGE, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
    Overall
    "Unconvinced"

    I found this book very difficult to get through. Although the concept of the book is an interesting one, I found the narration very monotone and therefore hard to listen to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Frances
    Shipham, United Kingdom
    3/17/12
    Overall
    "An interesting premise"

    Whilst I did enjoy this book, it left me a little depressed. The situation in which this society finds itself (I can't say too much without giving away the plot) is so true of modern religious faction, yet so far from reality, that it leaves a bad taste. However, it is very funny throughout and is very well written. Will Self is certainly a master at thinking outside the box and getting to the nub of human existence. Depressing though that nub might be. I wouldn't recommend this book to everybody, but for many it will give both amusement and perhaps food for thought.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Kasia
    6/20/14
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    "OMG please don't force me to read this!"
    What would have made The Book of Dave better?

    If you like listening about a fat, sad guys who can't pull it together then that's a book for you.


    What was most disappointing about Will Self’s story?

    There is no point to this book. What is the message?


    What three words best describe Will Self’s voice?

    Pointless, over the top and boring.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Boredom and disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    Please don't bother. Waste of time and money.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    GloucesterUnited Kingdom
    10/12/12
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    "Clever and witty."

    This book is a clever and witty. Beautifully and creatively written it is, for me, a vicious and hilarious attack on how people can take religious or pseudo-religious writings and bend the meaning to their own pursuit of power.



    Self creates a world that is mad, but where the source of madness is explained in an inventive and amusing manner.



    This is one of two Self books I've read. This one I loved; the other I hated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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