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New Meetup: January's Post-Apocalyptic Book Discussion: The Book of Dave by Will Self

From: Peter
Sent on: Thursday, November 19, 2009 10:26 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for The Freebird Brooklyn Post-Apocalyptic Book Club Meetup!

What: January's Post-Apocalyptic Book Discussion: The Book of Dave by Will Self

When: January 21,[masked]:30 PM

Freebird Books
123 Columbia St
Brooklyn, NY 11231

We will skip December out of respect for the holidays and the time it will take to do our next selection: Will Self's THE BOOK OF DAVE. Dave is a cabbie living in contemporary London. Bestowed with the "knowledge"--the unique gift of understanding the elaborate street system of London--Dave is on the brink of madness, whose anger at the world is barely concealed. When the mother of his child denies him visiting rights Dave records his ravings against the world in a book he buries in his ex-wife's backyard. After an unnamed apocalypse destroys London, survivors uncover Dave's manifesto centuries later. This new civilization quotes chapter and verse from the book and adopts Dave's mockney accent as the gospel. Funny, tempestuous, and oddly poignant in its observations of the fraught relationship between parent and child, THE BOOK OF DAVE is as much an indictment of contemporary life as it is satire of human nature. WARNING: The first 20 pages are a challenge linguistically, with a made-up language (a mangled cockney) that can seem daunting. If you read the first chapter twice the words and inflections will become second nature and enrich the reading of the rest of the book. Don't give up!

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