I have just finished reading the most extraordinary book, and I think it’s going to take me quite a while to process it. It’s like nothing I have ever read before, and don’t quite no how to describe or even discuss it without giving anything away. The cover may give some clue – the title is ‘The Constant Rabbit’ and the illustration is a three-quarter length drawing of a standing rabbit wearing a dark jacket, collar and tie and an enigmatic expression. It is fantastically well-written, I am in awe of Jasper FForde who wrote it. It is engaging, intriguing, interesting, funny, thought-provoking, intelligent, and I don’t think I’m going to be able to stop thinking about it and the issues it raises for quite a while. It’s described as ‘a science fantasy allegorical novel’ and I guess there are elements of sci-fi, and it is certainly allegorical, but it is above all a cracking read.
Like me, Jasper was born in London on January, on the 11th, whereas I’m the 12th – however, there are quite a few years difference between us! He worked in films before being published and I was interested to read that as the narrative is very visual, effortlessly visual, now I reflect on it. It’s the first book of Jasper’s that I have read and I look forward to reading more – but not just yet, I need to digest ‘The Constant Rabbit’, (digest the constant rabbit, a feeble joke, but in line with the book). It’s not a difficult read, but it is engrossing and I need to think about it for a while, and then possibly reread it, or at least parts of it. It’s so clever on so many levels I’m sure I’ve missed quite a lot – in fact, it was only as I wrote the above paragraph that I realised I had missed something blatantly obvious!