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When God Was A Rabbit

bySarah Winman

Paperback | March 30, 2011

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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.
Sarah Winman grew up in Essex and now lives in London. She attended the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art and went on to act in theatre, film and television. She has written two novels, WHEN GOD WAS A RABBIT and A YEAR OF MARVELLOUS WAYS.
Title:When God Was A RabbitFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.68 inPublished:March 30, 2011Publisher:HeadlineLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0755379292

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh I didn't finish it - just couldn't get into it.
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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Ok but somewhat disturbing This book kept me engaged and I read it quickly but I found some of the content disturbing. I won't outline it, so as to not ruin the story for those that plan on reading it. Suffice it to say, that this is not a 'light and enjoyable' read - it has some difficult content (but thankfully it is not graphic) that makes it a somewhat disturbing read. I won't recommend it to anyone.
Date published: 2012-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Such a great book, I couldnt put it down. The story flows so well. There are no dull moments from the begining to end. Lots of laughs and some tears.
Date published: 2012-03-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Clever and entertaining! A fairly lighthearted read. Winman has an interesting way of interweaving events so as to take you unawares. I found it thoroughly entertaining partially because I had no previous knowledge of the book or the author and was simply taken in after reading the first chapter at the book store.
Date published: 2012-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Favourite Book for 2011 I loved this book from the first page and couldn't put it down. I recommended it to everyone I know. It is well paced, funny, quirky, bright, original, sad, inspiring and compassionate. This is a must read. Sit in a comfy chair and enjoy.
Date published: 2012-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Good ! This book hasn't left my hands the second I bought it. The Story line is so intriguing and it's defiantly a great read ! I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone that reads. So good !!
Date published: 2012-01-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointing I expected the book to be better than it was since it was recommended by Heather. I don't think I will read any other books written by Sarah Winham.
Date published: 2012-01-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from When God Was A Rabbit For being a Heather's Pick I didn't enjoy this book very much. I found it very jumpy and to be honest, not very interesting for most of the book. The last fifth of the book was the only part that actually made me want to keep reading. Sorry, but there aren't very many people I would recommend this to.
Date published: 2011-11-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Average With Potential As usual, a Heather's Pick draws me in .. and I have to say it was average. The author's storyline and plot is fantastic and there is so much depth, however, emotionally this book is completely lacking. I did not feel drawn in by the character or the emotional journey this book is supposed to take you on. It could have connected much better with the audience, and I felt that it did not draw me deeply into the story like I was hoping it would. I felt that the story was well thought out and creative, it was average with the potential to be great, however the ball was dropped.
Date published: 2011-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Utterly Magnificent I picked this up at Heathrow Airport and read it all in the flight home. I simply could not put it down. The characters are engaging and magical, all strongly written and endearing. The author, whom I should commend on her excellently written first novel, finds the beauty of various types of love all on a backdrop of tragic events and surrounding the lives of an unlikely family. Despite the tragedy and the loss, the accuracy of human emotions struck me and left me thinking. Please read.
Date published: 2011-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a book that can make you cry and laugh out loud in the same chapter! I would love to see this book made into a movie, and I don't say that very often! The characters are endearing.....some just hilarious and others funny in their own sad way. The innocence of children develops into the wisdom of the adult but meanders through territory that sees some pursue dreams successfully and others fall to the depths of despair in undeserving ways. If you read carefully you can figure out what is going to happen.....the author leaves good clues....and other happenings are just too bizarre to predict!
Date published: 2011-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down I loved this book!!! I could not put it down! I hope to read more from this author, this story was just so well done.
Date published: 2011-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT!! This book had me in tears, some from laughing, some from sadness. I've never actually been in tears of any sort from a book. But this takes it. Hilarious! Deep! Emotional! It has everything!
Date published: 2011-06-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I didn't get it .... I gave this book one star because I just didn't get it. The characters were never properly introduced, they were spoken about hap-hazardly and often without using their names which left me wondering who the narrator was talking to/about. If that wasn't bad enough, there was no real plot. Marketed as a story about a brother and sister relationship, there was a bit of that. Mostly it was just rambling bits of story without cohesion, jumping around in time, place and circumstance. The last 15% of the book surrounding 9/11 proved the highlight, but even that wasn't enough to redeem this read. I cannot recommend this book at all ~ skip it and try one my picks listed below.
Date published: 2011-06-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unique, fresh debut When God Was A Rabbit marks the debut of author Sarah Winman. From the publisher Bloomsbury: "This is a book about a brother and a sister. It's a book about secrets and starting over, friendship and family, triumph and tragedy, and everything in between. More than anything, it's a book about love in all its forms." Elly is the sister and Joe the brother. And in between are their parents, Elly's friend Jenny Penny, assorted lodgers and god the rabbit. Young Elly's early loss of innocence in the first few chapters and her brother's promise to protect her always sets the tone for the sibling's relationship. We follow the siblings from 1968 England through to New York 9/11 in the second half of the book. Winman has crafted a novel that kept me off kilter but quickly turning pages from start to finish. The characters are off beat, but the bonds to those they love are undeniably strong. Every character seems to be a step out of time with the rest of the world. "'That's a good thing, isn't it? To stand apart and be different?' he said. 'I'm not sure' I said, quite aware of my own muted need to fit in to somehow simply hide. 'I don't want people to know I'm different'. And I looked up and and saw my brother standing in the doorway." And they are different - but in a good way. I found the story of young Elly and Joe to be especially poignant. However, they didn't evoke the same reaction in me when they were older in the second half. That's not to say that the story unfolded in the latter part of the book is no less emotional. It is, but I think it was the loss of innocence on so many levels by the younger characters that was the most heartbreaking. There are many sad moments in this story, but there are just as many funny ones. The secondary cast, particularly the parents and lodgers were favourites of mine. Their acceptance of any and all and their inclusion of those on the periphery into their family endeared them to me. I found the use of god the rabbit throughout Elly's life to be an unique allegorical device. Winman explores relationships of all sorts with a deft and original hand. But her description of the love between a brother and sister is especially well drawn. An unusual and totally original debut. It will be interesting to see where Winman goes next with her writing.
Date published: 2011-05-23

Editorial Reviews

'A story of siblings, friendship, secrets and love, told with sadness and humour'-Marie Claire