When God Was A Rabbit

When God Was A Rabbit

A Novel

Book - 2011
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Traces the evolving bond of love and secrets between a woman and her brother, a relationship marked by family ties in Europe and America, a secretive friend, and historical events from more than three decades.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, c2011
ISBN: 9781608195343
Characteristics: 296 p. ; 22 cm


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Jul 09, 2016

Fabulous. I love Sarah Winman's style of writing. This story is about a brother & sister growing up in troubled times & good times. They are a very lucky family.

It starts out well but by mid-point story becomes burdened with too much unexplained history and dangling plot lines. Although the sexual abuse is identified early, why was she so damaged by it, given the love and support of her family. Why was Joe sitting on that bench in New York? Why was he not able to committ to Charles when his own aunt was a role model for gay relationships? Why did Jenny get such a stiff sentence for self -defence? Although she is a talented writer, there is so much personal tragedy with few reasonable explanations as to why these lives are being wasted.

Oct 21, 2013

Original and enticing. A lovely story, but the first and second halves were like two different books. Like the previous comment, I too found myself thinking on this story long after I finished.

Sep 25, 2013

It had a beautiful cover (not the one pictured here) and an appealingly simple description on the back ("this is a story about a brother and a sister"), however it was disappointing...I found the story random, sad, and overall quite meaningless. The writing was also stilted and I didn't enjoy it very much even though I forced myself to finish it.

Jul 15, 2013

lovely read. lightish. british growing up brother and sister light touch. eccentric family.

Mar 23, 2013

A very good character study. The story was subtle. It dragged a little in the middle but it was worth the read. I have found myself thinking about this book well after I finished reading it.

LMOH Aug 02, 2012

An enjoyable read, but it does goes off the rails a bit towards the last quarter of the book. I think she did a good job making the child Elly very believable. But she takes on an awful lot: child abuse, spousal abuse, terrorist attacks, cancer, gay bashing, child neglect ... it goes on and on! But overall it was a good read.

Apr 21, 2012

I really enjoyed this book overall. I agree with some of the reviewers that it waned a bit in the 2nd half but I still liked the story, the language and style.

ManUtdFan Mar 16, 2012

A really good read. The first half flies by, second half drags a bit and contains a few contrived plotlines, but this doesn't spoil the overall book. Beautifully written prose and descriptions of the English countryside.

Feb 06, 2012

A lovely written book about family, love and a sibling's bond. Heart breaking but at the same time hopeful.

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Dec 30, 2011

WHEN GOD WAS A RABBITis an incredibly exciting debut from an extraordinary new voice in fiction. Spanning four decades, from 1968 onwards, this is the story of a fabulous but flawed family and the slew of ordinary and extraordinary incidents that shape their everyday lives. It is a story about childhood and growing up, loss of innocence, eccentricity, familial ties and friendships, love and life. Stripped down to its bare bones, it's about the unbreakable bond between a brother and sister. "Absolutely brilliant. Loved it so much. Up there with One Day and Skippy Dies in my 2010 faves." - The Bookseller "At times laugh-out-loud funny, at others gut-wrenchingly sad, the book is peppered with unique and complex characters who are so original, well-observed and believable that you'll be completely absorbed into their world" - Easy Living "A story of siblings, friendship, secrets and love, told with sadness and humour" - Marie Claire "A genuinely captivating read" - Glamour


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