The Book of Dave: A Revelation of the Recent Past and the Distant Future

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  • Title: The Book of Dave: A Revelation of the Recent Past and the Distant Future
  • Author: Will Self
  • ISBN: 9781596911239
  • Page: 288
  • Format: Hardcover
The Book of Dave: A Revelation of the Recent Past and the Distant Future

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The Book of Dave: A Revelation of the Recent Past and the Distant Future

About “Will Self

  • Will Self

    William Self is an English novelist, reviewer and columnist He received his education at University College School, Christ s College Finchley, and Exeter College, Oxford He is married to journalist Deborah Orr.Self is known for his satirical, grotesque and fantastic novels and short stories set in seemingly parallel universes.



672 thoughts on “The Book of Dave: A Revelation of the Recent Past and the Distant Future

  • Note This review was written on Aug 19th 2007 when the writer was a doe eyed yoof of twenty.Were2guv The Island of Ham The latest doorstopper from the Prometheus of contemporary storytelling Will Self is a work of catatonic, lucid and breathtaking speculative fiction, alternating between a post apocalyptic world governed by gibbering Cockernees and a present post 9 11 London, blighted by gibbering Cockernees.The Book of Dave is built upon the idea of what might happen were a bigoted, repulsive L [...]


  • Oh my Dave What on earth was this We n viss woz cummin Sorry U awl no viss, U muss taykup ve n w aw N Lundun wil nevah B bilt U muss follo ve B k aw U wil leev Am OK this definitively is not printing error which is what I thought when I suddenly found myself stuck in the landfill of incomprehensible combination of crippled words that seems to have some remote connection with English and numbers which then supposed to have some actual meaning Which supposed to be the language itself The language [...]


  • I ve had this book for nearly a year two three years, now I have started it twice five six times It s not Will s fault I get distracted But it is Will s fault that he cribbed read ransacked Russell Hoban s Riddley Walker, which I couldn t get throughSpeaking of distractions, in the middle of writing this unreview, some kid knocked on the door looking for his dog After I went through a brilliant comic monologue describing all the dogs I had seen that day This big, grayis big, blackis big, brownwa [...]


  • A bigoted, misogynist bastard of a London cabbie buries his angry manifesto, and 500 years later the book becomes the basis for a new society after the fall of civilization This was a very interesting book, and Self builds an interesting future world This is NOT, however, an easy book to read Present and future chapters alternate, and the Daveists speak in decayed phonetic Cockney English In fact, I had a lot of trouble with the unfamiliar British slang, although I probably pieced together most [...]


  • I m putting this on my read list with a caveat I got about 1 4 of the way through and had to stop I wasn t enjoying it, first of all I had very little attachment to any of the characters Parts of the book, which take place in a futuristic version of London, are written in a phonetic version of Cockney English It took me several chapters of sllllooooowww reading to get into the rhythm of it Events switch back and forth between 90s London and London Lundun of the future, and you must attempt to de [...]


  • One of the most difficult yet interesting read I ve ever had No ratings as it s been 5 years I m reading it no shit , keep stoping and keep going back to it, because this book hurts my brain so much that I can t manage to stick to it for too longbut it s definitely NOT a bad book, quite the contrary.I thank myself occasionally about picking this one in french for a change, because I can t imagine how tough it would be for me to read it in english considering that it s already hard in my own lang [...]


  • This was unfortunately a disappointment I will try and read it a second time at some point, as I am sure I will get from it with repeated readings, but this started off difficult and never really was comfortable or completely enjoyable reading.The book follows a London taxi driver called Dave, who struggles with his sanity as his marriage breaks up and he is prevented access to his son There is the usual wit and intelligence as I d expect of Will Self, lots of observation and wonderful turns of [...]


  • The Book of Dave isn t here to make your life as a reader easy It s a book that kicks sand in the face of the casual, easily distracted, reader I first started it back in 2008, and I wasn t focused enough The book became harder and harder to follow So I gave up, less than a quarter of the way through, and popped it back on the shelf Since then it has sat there, like a guilty secret, a book by one of my favourite authors unfinished Calling to me, mocking me, asking me if I felt happy with it sit [...]


  • Yew mus read viz buk, or b trussed up az moto slorterd on a flying charjWeird and wonderful, this tale starts as two disparate threads of narrative, seemingly nothing connecting save the odd word or concept here or there Dave, our humble cabbie, present day London, like many cabbies holds the runs of streets and points of interest in his mind Runs and points His life unravels around him as a tale of urban dysfunction, but his Knowledge of London helps somehow Dave s narrative voice slips into da [...]


  • Two stories based on one man, this book is long and depressing and then sort of softly gut punches you at the end One half of the chapters are devoted to Dave Rudman, a London cabbie who has very little ambition and few hierarchical needs until he accidentally fathers a son after a one night stand Apathy gives way to bemused ambivalence which slowly evolves into parental love at best and narcissistic obsession at best, before spiraling into manic depression, which is where the storylines start t [...]


  • Only read the Dave parts on the re read as they were of interest to my writing but I might add star 5 back on once I read all the way through AGAIN, which would be read 3 That s how dense and interesting this book is.But not without its flaws I can tell that a lot of the fun of this book is supposed to arise from drawing the parallels between Dave s world and the After Dave world or whatever it s called but I didn t find the After Dave world compelling enough to deconstruct But maybe I will next [...]


  • I really enjoyed this book It is a strange, sad satire about a London cabdriver who becomes mentally unhinged when his wife leaves him for another man and puts a restraining order against him Dave starts really losing it when he feels he is losing his beloved boy Although Dave is a sympathetic character and we root for him, it begins to be clear throughout the novel that he was also abusive towards his wife and son His violent rages make him go through cycles of guilt, despair and uncontrolled a [...]


  • Books of 500 pages may appear larger than they really are.This is a book in my favourite genre of annoying pretentious fuckery , which took me too long to read, but was definitely worth it Also, it is about an anti utopia built on a taxi driver s worldview, which should be reason enough to read it.All in all, it was as annoying as the first chapters hinted to which is ok and a bit less pretentious than would appear from its opening which is a pity To sum it up, it is elaborate in language, struc [...]


  • I had to read The Book of Dave as part of my London in Literature course when I was studying creative writing at Roehampton University It was a good book, and a great introduction to a new style of writing that I d never really come across before, a sort of gonzo futurism where Self is able to use the passage of time as a catalyst for a rethought approach to life, society and religion.Effectively, the Book of Dave is a written document by a London cab driver with high rage levels and a mental il [...]


  • I really enjoyed this book Many people here and elsewhere have complained about the language being too difficult to understand, I however found it to be very entertaining Many of the terms employed for everyday objects got a laugh out of me water is evian , breakfast is starbucks , etc etc That being said, the Mokni language isn t exactly easy to read, but if read aloud it isn t a problem in the least bit, and actually grew on me over the course of the book it was a nice touch of realism, and ke [...]


  • I just could not get into this book It didn t draw me in and it did than turn me off made itself purposefully obscure and difficult, practically pushing me away from it As I get older, I don t have as much patience for books that make me WORK to understand them Makes me sound like a moron, I know, but life is too short for me to spend my pleasure time reading a manifesto left behind by a bitter, angry man Nope I ve got better things to do.Oh, and in all honesty, I did not finish it It was that [...]


  • I very much enjoy Will Self, even if I don t understand how he ever got published When it comes right down to it, he writes science fiction, but he writes it with such intelligence and wit, it s easy to forget that s what you re reading This one was my first Father s Day gift, and a perfect one at that It is a father s tale, in the worst possible way.Dave is a racist, prejudiced and increasingly insane cab driver in London After a brutal divorce and separation from his son, he decides to write a [...]


  • The world in this one is wonderfully imagined and I love the interplay between elements in the past and future The dialect gave me fits though I have enough trouble understanding cockney, much less a post apocalyptic version of it Gave me quite a bit of trouble.


  • This took me a while It needed considerable focus to read and I found myself reaching for easier books in the meantime but am pleased to say it was well worth it It s very clever and despite struggling with the Mokni to begin with and retreating to the glossary at the back of the book for refuge, I became quite comfortable once about 70% of the way through I m not sure how I could explain this book to someone or who to recommend it to I found the endings of both narratives present and future rea [...]


  • The chapters about Dave were very good, but the futuristic narrative, while funny for a chapter or two, was a slog, especially with the ridiculous Mockni dialogue.Not sure what this story was supposed to be about.



  • I confess myself sometimes irritated by provincials Their inability to understand a simple rule like standing on the left on escalators, upon occasion drives me nuts But Will, London is not the centre of the Universe and sometimes Londoners instinctive assumption that it is, is irksome mate Because of its post Apocalyptic setting and its phonetic dialect spelling The Book of Dave unavoidably puts you in mind of Hoban s Riddley Walker, but then Self openly acknowledges this debt Self s is a diffe [...]


  • I enjoyed this book overall It s a sad statement on what survives of humanity many generations into the future religious fanaticism and oppression live on and thrive, while rational rules for good living crumble into dust and are lost It s an interesting take on the post apocalyptic genre, too what would happen if humanity s progress was set back by a disaster, and what was left to cling to as society re formed itself was a book containing the delusional ravings of a mentally ill cab driver in t [...]


  • Another brilliant book by Will Self In this book a bitter and slightly unhinged London cabbie in the middle of a custody battle writes a book of advice for his son to find and read He later regrets this embittered rant but nevertheless, hundreds of years later after a natural disaster has destroyed Britain, his book is found and used as a basis to rebuild society Parents live apart and children spent equal time with each parent with the changeover occuring on Wednesdays, religious leaders are ca [...]


  • this review helpful This book shouldn t exist, but it does, thank Dave This is my first experience of Will self and i was completely absorbed He utilises language and treads where few would dare in a world strangled by political correctness He then tempers it with a turn of phrase that is so utterly masterful as to create a character who is racist and utterly dispicable in every way yet you find yourself rooting for his redemption and wishing you were the one sitting in his cab while he took you [...]


  • This is a brilliant, disturbing, irritating and probably over long and under explained book Basically two narratives intertwine, that of Dave a un likeable, misogynist, racist London cab driver who, since splitting with his wife, is writing down a rant in the form of a book The second narrative is 500 years into the future, when this book becomes the basis for a new religion as practised by the people living in what remains of London after massive climate change induced flooding This future worl [...]


  • I only give four rather than five stars because I ultimately can t quite get behind the powerful, fundamental scorn for all religion and, in my reading, for Catholicism in particular woven throughout.The basic premise of the book is what drew me in originally, and I just love it Five hundred years in the future, in a regressed post apocalyptic London, people take the buried book of a Cockney speaking cab driver as the basis for their religion and, thereby, for their whole culture The Book of Dav [...]


  • Hundreds of years into the future, people discover a ranting book written by a disturbed present day bigot, and model their lives around the truths it contains Will Self s book is told as two narratives, how London cab driver Dave s utterly miserable life lead him to write his rant, and how the future race live their lives according to The Book of Dave The present day story is full of brutally honest descriptions of unsympathetic characters, foolish decisions and bad luck The streets of London a [...]


  • Finally finished last night I must say the ending was a let down And a bit confusinge 2 churches, the design, the age of the buildingsen the priest.I gather it was all tied to a dislike of organized religion and related back to the PCO, but it was just weird to me.The book was a tough read, especially for an American The Mockni becomes easier to read as you go along, but the TERMS themselves often meant nothing to me British slang terms that I don t know Still, the book had it s moments, and it [...]


  • Along with many of the reviews below, I found it a hard slog The language, the time lines skip around, not only between now and the dystopian future but within the 2 settings too Self has written a book he thinks you should work for, to make us strain and reach for the story Maybe to force us to reflect on the content and consider it closely But I m not sure achieves much by being so awkward Makes it feel like some sort of intellectual test, it certainly doesn t achieve any other beauty through [...]


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