When God Was a Rabbit (Paperback)
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Description1968. The year Paris takes to the streets. The year Martin Luther King loses his life for a dream. The year Eleanor Maud Portman is born. Young Elly's world is shaped by those who inhabit it: her loving but maddeningly distractible parents; a best friend who smells of chips and knows exotic words like 'slag'; an ageing fop who tapdances his way into her home, a Shirley Bassey impersonator who trails close behind; lastly, of course, a rabbit called God. In a childhood peppered with moments both ordinary and extraordinary, Elly's one constant is her brother Joe. Twenty years on, Elly and Joe are fully grown and as close as they ever were. Until, that is, one bright morning when a single, earth-shattering event threatens to destroy their bond forever. Spanning four decades and moving between suburban Essex, the wild coast of Cornwall and the streets of New York, this is a story about childhood, eccentricity, the darker side of love and sex, the pull and power of family ties, loss and life. More than anything, it's a story about love in all its forms.
- Published: 01 July 2011
- Format: Paperback 352 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780755379309 ISBN 10: 0755379306
- Sales rank: 113
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Reviews for When God Was a Rabbit
loved this book, was like nothing i had read before, would recommend it highly by Emma Long
Skip part II
The titles says it all When God Was A Rabbit, that's when the book was great but after the rabbit died it was just plain terrible. Sadly part 2 is more than half of the book so just avoid it and pick something that is more interesting. I swear God last chapters were like a CHEAP british family drama tv series. I'm sure there are other better books than this one. Again, save yourself and pick something else. I also fogot about the brother sister relationship, I didn't see that much of a relationship to caption the book with it. by Mohammed Talat Ebrahim
The rabbit didn't last too long...too bad as I was enjoying that part of the story more than the relationship between brother and sister and their friends. I had really high hopes for this book to be the next one for our book club, but think it rambles quite a lot and there's no point to it...I think it was a bit presumptuous of the author to use 911 as a catalyst to move the story further...didn't need it. by Maggie Swithenbank
I felt the blurb was misleading - a story about a brother and sister, but all you got from reading this book was everything from the sister's point of view. The way it was written made me feel nothing for the brother or their bond. Perhaps if this was written in the third person it may have been more successful.
It was also too drawn out - too much rambling - I'd had enough by about 3/4's of the way through and really had to push myself to finish it.
There were however some lovely descriptive passages that I enjoyed. by Sarah Nagel
I really wanted to like this...
This is quite a nice book, especially when the main characters are children. However once they grow up it is all a bit lacklustre.
At times it felt like reading something by someone who is trying to explain something to you and they assume you know everything they already know. There are often sentences which are written like 'she felt like this because of, you know, well you know right?', sometimes it is so vague you don't know what is being referenced and leaves you wondering what you have missed.
I had high hopes for this book, it might be worth a read but I wouldn't have bought it in hindsight. by Rachel Bowyer
THis is such a lovely story I highly recommend it to all. I have suggested we use this book for our next book club meeting. by Yvonne Clake
Absolutely loved it
One of the best books I've read in ages, only complaint - ended too soon. I didn't really want to finish it. Beautifully written, funny & sad & touching. Highly recommended. by Alison Dawson
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quirky story about friends and family
I loved this quirky and often very funny story about family and friends by Karen Crawfordunder review
Really enjoyed it!
Sarah Winman manages to describe beautifully the relation between a brother and a sister and how we need to hold on to something to help us go through life. Laugh and cry whilst you turn the pages of this beautiful book. by Mireyaunder review
i loved it
this is a beautifully written novel that has so many interesting characters that you get to know as well as the main ones being the brother and sister. they have a beautiful relationship that i enjoyed getting to know, and really felt the ups and downs of their life together. cant recommend enough by laura Mahunder review