BookBrowse Reviews The Book of Dave by Will Self

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The Book of Dave

A Novel

by Will Self

The Book of Dave by Will Self
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  • First Published:
    Nov 2006, 416 pages
    Paperback:
    Nov 2007, 512 pages

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A profound meditation upon the nature of religion and a caustic satire of contemporary life. Novel

The Book of Dave is set in one place and two different time periods; the place is London, the time periods are the present day and 500 years in the future. In the present day, Dave Rudman becomes an emotional wreck when his wife leaves him for another man, taking his son with him. Fuelled by a psychotic mania he writes a rambling, vitriolic book - part diary, part personal history, part London cab driver arcana and part misogynistic rant. He buries the resulting tome in his wife's backyard in the up market suburb of Hamstead Heath.

500 years later, global warming has reduced London to a series of small islands, one of which is the Isle of Ham occupied by the Hamsters who, discovering the buried Book of Dave, embrace it as a holy text to be adhered to with cultish rigidity. Thus "mummies" and "daddies" ...

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