“Things Happen. To Everyone. No one escapes.” Sarah Winman in When God Was a Rabbit
From Lauren’s Perspective:
I bought this book on a whim, having never heard of it or the author, but being constantly intrigued every time I saw it in the bookstore. I bought it based on nothing more than the description found on the back. It says simply, “This is a book about a brother and sister. It’s a book about childhood and growing up, friendships and families, triumph and tragedy and everything in between. More than anything, it’s a book about love in all its forms.”
I think this, more than any other summary I’ve read, is the perfect description of the book. It gives away nothing about the details, nothing about the story you are about to embark on, yet it grabs your attention immediately.
Now, having read the book, I still find it equally hard to discuss. If you asked me what it was about, I wouldn’t be able to give a succinct answer. At least nothing better than what was written on the back. It’s simply a book about someone’s life. There are a few defining moments, and even a surprising twist that I was not expecting at all, but overall, the plot would be hard to define. This takes me back to what I wrote in my previous post about Stieg Larsson. He is a phenomenal storyteller, but having never read his writing in his native language I don’t feel qualified to judge his writing skills. Alternately, when it comes to Sarah Winman, I’d say she is a beautiful writer. She has a way with words, to the point where I would reread certain sentences just to take in their beauty. The plot, while definitely not as strong as in a book like The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, still gives you more than enough to entice you to keep reading. It is a book that depicts the ability to find beauty in the English language.
It really is a book about a brother and sister. About triumph and tragedy. And about love. It’s a beautiful book if you’re looking for a quick read with a profound message about love and life and the importance of memories.
Plot – 2 out of 5
Writing/Style/Form – 4 out of 5
Characters – 3 out of 5
Enjoyment/Entertainment Value – 3 0ut of 5
Overall Score – 12 out of 20