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The Constant Rabbit: The Sunday Times bestseller Taschenbuch – 1. Juli 2021
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A political satire cloaked in Fforde's trademark bizarre whimsy, the novel reads like a crazed cross between Watership Down and Nineteen Eighty-Four. (Guardian)
Fforde's engaging writing has created a story that is a clever blend of the biting allegorical satire we expect from Orwell's greatest hits and the good-natured adventures of Michael Bond's naïve and kind-hearted Paddington Bear. (SciFi Now)
Jasper Fforde's most chilling and realistic book yet (Guardian)
The Constant Rabbit is designed to shake readers out of that complacency: to recognise that merely holding liberal values is not enough to prevent the quickening advance of racism and xenophobia in this country. (Financial Times)
It's huge fun too, with all the inventive wordplay, impeccable worldbuilding and fiendish plotting that Fforde's "Constant Readers" have come to expect. (SFX)
Fuelled by Fforde's trademark wit, imagination and brilliantly bizarre world-building... You won't read anything quite like this in 2020 - or beyond that too. (CultureFly)
Sheer inventiveness, wit, complexity, erudition, unexpectedness and originality (The Times)
A born wordsmith of effervescent imagination (Independent)
Forget all the rules of time, space and reality; just sit back and enjoy the adventure (Telegraph)
Brilliantly funny . . . His relentless imagination and his affection for his characters are contagious and irresistible (New York Times)
True literary comic genius (Sunday Express)
Reading a Fforde novel feels like taking off on a magic carpet, only to be picked up by another and another and taken on new flights of fantasy . . . you just sit back and enjoy the ride (Scotsman)
Endlessly imaginative and distinctively quirky (Mail on Sunday on EARLY RISER)
Fforde pours his brilliant imagination into every corner of this world (Daily Mail on EARLY RISER)
Fans of Jasper Fforde's unique blend of comic dystopia and quirky British cosiness will not be disappointed (Guardian on EARLY RISER)
Jasper Fforde lunacy at its best (Daily Express on EARLY RISER)
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Jasper Fforde spent twenty years in the film business before debuting on the New York Times bestseller list with The Eyre Affair in 2001. Since then he has written another twelve novels, including the Number One Sunday Times bestseller One of our Thursdays is Missing, and the Last Dragonslayer series, adapted for television by Sky.
Fforde lives and works in his adopted nation of Wales.
Visit Jasper's website, www.jasperfforde.com, find him on Facebook, www.facebook.com/jasperffordebooks, and follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/jasperfforde.
- Herausgeber : Hodder Paperbacks (1. Juli 2021)
- Sprache : Englisch
- Taschenbuch : 320 Seiten
- ISBN-10 : 1444795600
- ISBN-13 : 978-1444795608
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 1,195,172 in Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Bücher)
- Nr. 300 in Absurde Literatur
- Nr. 2,648 in Satire (Bücher)
- Nr. 65,043 in Gegenwartsliteratur
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Spitzenbewertungen aus Deutschland
Derzeit tritt ein Problem beim Filtern der Rezensionen auf. Bitte versuche es später erneut.
Wie bei Fforde üblich ist das ganze Szenario sehr originell: Bei einem mysteriosen "Event" wurden einige Hasen, Wiesel und Füchsen "anthromorphisier", bekamen also weitestgehend menschliche Gestalt und Intelligenz. Das war erst überraschend, sorgte dann aber für Vorurteile und Ablehung und Ausgrenzung der Hasen seitens der Menschen. Das ist - wie erwähnt - eine kaum verhüllte Parabel auf Rassismus udn Antiislamismus (bis dahin, dass die haltlosen Vorwürfe der Menschen gegenüber den Hasen ist, sie würden planen eine "Litterbomb" zu werfen - also viele KInder zu zeugen und so die Bevölkerungszahl der Menschen zu übertreffen - eine klare Anspielung auf die "Dirty Bomb", die angeblich gerade irgendwo von Islamisten zusammengeschraubt wird. Fforde war in seinen Büchern immer politisch (eigentlich geht es immer um repressive Regierungen und/oder allmächtige Konzerne), aber selten so klar. Dabei ist die Geschichte spannend wie immer (wenn auch etwas kürzer als die anderen), das Worlds Building sowieso cool und der Humor eh über jeden Zweifel erhaben. Allerdings bleibt einem hier das Lachen oft auch im Halse stecken - es ist schon alles sehr "close to home", die Gegenspieler hier sind so unangenehm wie die Rechten AfDler und Ukipisten und Neonazis im richtigen Leben auch und das ist nicht immer Wohlfühlliteratur.
Dennoch ein weiteres gutes Buch von Fforde - und wenn es auch nicht eines seiner besten sein mag, ist es vielleicht sein wichtigstes.
Der Story mit ihrer Botschaft wünsche ich viele Leser:innen, Hasen & Häsinnen.
“Perhaps that’s what satire does – not change things wholesale but nudge the collective consciousness in a direction that favours justice and equality.”
Spitzenrezensionen aus anderen Ländern
Anyway, that’s where Jasper Fforde’s book starts off and the arrival of the rabbits is the cue for middle England to complain that they are different from everybody else, they have too many children and, eventually, we will all be overrun. If that kind of language sounds familiar then that’s because it is, and the book tackles the parochial snobbery, the casual and implicit racism, the right-wing tendencies and the smug self righteousness of the British middle classes head on.
However, it manages to maintain what is always a difficult satiric and comic balance. Some of the barbs are almost Swiftian and few miss their targets! It made me laugh out loud for good reasons! First off, the rabbits are cleverer, kinder and more sensible than the general population and, over the years, they have acquired rights. They live together peaceably but, of course, the Daily Mail readers (in this world the newspaper is likely called The Actual Truth) are obsessed with their birth-rate and their sexual precocity and view them as a threat. A repressive anti-rabbit government, led by the aptly named Nigel Smethwick of UKARP, employs anthropomorphised foxes and weasels as part of what might be called these days a ‘hostile’ policy. It is all very familiar!
Most of the action takes place in a typical Herefordshire village called Much Hemlock where Peter Knox, who works for the Rabbit Compliance Task force because he has the unusual ability to be able to tell one rabbit from another, has lived all his life. He is, however, still something of an outsider in the community because his politics are slightly left of centre. Without giving too much away, he and his daughter befriend the rabbits who arrive while the politicians are plotting to subjugate or even exterminate them. In the process, he crosses a humanoid supremacist group called TwoLegsGood and has problems with his Senior Group Leader whose name Ffoxe betrays his savage and barely concealed origins.
It all gets violent, dramatic and very funny and the story has an unexpected twist in its cottontail as well. Along the way, the asides keep on coming as Jasper Fforde lines up contemporary society in his sights and rarely misses. It’s an extremely funny book, absolutely appropriate to our current times and well worth a read.
(The Constant Rabbit is published by Hodder & Stoughton. Thanks to the publishers and to NetGalley for an advance copy in exchange for a fair review.)
Fforde's satirical wit is once again evident throughout, but compared with his previous work, there is generally a different - perhaps more muted - tone to it. At times, even though the wit is there, it is darker and more sombre in its nature than has previously been the case. As you would expect from Jasper Fforde, there are plenty of clever literary and socio-political references throughout the narrative. The setting for the story is, once again, an alternative United Kingdom and, not for the first time in Fforde's world, we are introduced to anthropomorphised characters as key protagonists. Comparisons with Orwell's "Animal Farm", as another allegorical satire, will be both understandable and probably unavoidable. Where Orwell made the Russian Revolution of 1917 and subsequent Stalinist rule the subject of his satire, Fforde has focussed his attention primarily on xenophobia and racism. The apartheid system in South Africa and the policies of Nazi Germany are evident, but there are also clear parallels to more modern political developments such as Trump's "Mexican Wall" and the UK's divisive Brexit process. While these aspects may be the main focus of Fforde's satirical scrutiny, there are also well observed jibes at other elements of human society and attitudes along the way:
'"Humans have a very clear idea about how to behave, and on many occasions actually do. But it's sometimes disheartening that correct action is drowned out by endless chitter-chatter, designed not to find a way forward but to justify petty jealousies and illogically held prejudices."'
Even satire itself is placed under the microscope: '" Or maybe it's just satire for comedy's sake and nothing else ... or even more useless, satire that provokes a few guffaws but only low to middling outrage - but is coupled with more talk and no action. A sort of ... empty cleverness."' With this, alongside references to pretentious alternative spellings of surnames, Fforde adds some amusing touches of self-deprecation along the way.
Ultimately, this is a very enjoyable and astutely written book. If you have not read anything by Jasper Fforde before, I am not sure that I would recommend this as the best book to start with though. Admirers of Fforde's previous work will rate this one highly too, but perhaps in a slightly different way to his previous publications. Yes, there is the usual intelligent wit, but here we also find greater poignancy and satirical writing that is more pointed and damning than you would normally associate with the author. Will it have the effect of dramatically changing the world as a result? Probably not, but:
'"Perhaps that's what satire does - not change things wholesale but nudge the collective consciousness in a direction that favours justice and equality."'
In particular, if you liked the nursery crime books I think you'll enjoy Constant Rabbit too as it has that effect Fforde can create of stopping you questioning why human-sized talking rabbits were part of UK society: he did it well with Thursday Next too and it's a genre only he seems to be able to pull off really convincingly. It doesn't have the same depth though as books like Shades, and I think I'd call it easy reading compared to the more convoluted plots of books like those in the Next series. That doesn't detract from reading the book however: in fact, I think this would make a good starting point for reading the other Fforde adult books.
So my only real quibble with Constant Rabbit is that it isn't long enough, though that's more to do with the quality of writing than the word-count, so maybe now I have to add this book to my Fforde-must-write-a-sequel list and start stalking him! Honestly, perhaps he needs to stop constantly rabbiting on and get to work on the sequels as I know I'm not the only person who wants him to. Please :-)