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

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Penguin Books, 2007 - Fathers and sons vFiction - 495 pages
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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 where 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.

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User Review  - Cedric_Rose - LibraryThing

Self writes geography and landscape like Willa Cather on mescaline. Part ethnography of post-apolcalyptic England, part fantasy, part spoof of religion, this is excellent. Self carries the Ballardian ... Read full review

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User Review  - knightlight777 - LibraryThing

I like most here struggled with the language as it was much like reading foreign and made it difficult to follow what was going on at times. But having gotten past that I was glad I read it. The ... Read full review

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Will Self has earned his reputation through a body of innovative work: there's nobody quite like him writing today. He is the author of four previous novels, four collections of short stories, three novellas and four non-fiction works. As a journalist he has contributed to a plethora of publications over the years; he is also a regular broadcaster on television and radio. He lives in London with his wife and four children.

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