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The Constant Rabbit

by Jasper Fforde

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The Constant Rabbit by Jasper Fforde
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    Sep 2020, 320 pages

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A masterfully crafted satiric tale in which a society of anthropomorphized rabbits and humans grapple with tensions related to identity, bigotry and inclusion.

The opening scene of Jasper Fforde's The Constant Rabbit shows a Britain where severe austerity measures have slashed public services to such an extremity that "libraries could be open for precisely six minutes every two weeks." The absurdity of this scenario strikes the tone for the novel, which is set in a world where just over one million human-like talking rabbits live in the United Kingdom, and the country is governed by the UK Anti-Rabbit Party (UKARP), a parody of the UK Independence Party (UKIP, see Beyond the Book).

The rabbits became anthropomorphized during an unexplained "Event" in 1965. They are larger than regular rabbits, speak English and "Rabbity," and possess intellectual capacities to outstrip most of the novel's human characters — their choice reading material includes the works of Voltaire and Dumas. Fforde depicts them as both extraordinary and believable, ...

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