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Review, Synopsis, and Summary of the Novel The Book of Dave

The Book of Dave is written by an English author Will Self. The Novel is all about an aggressive Taxi driver named Dave Rudman who printed a book on the metal about his thoughts against women and the custody rights of the fathers. He did this because he was bitter about his ex-wife for what she did and prevented him from meeting his son.

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Author: Will Self

Genre: Dystopian/ Fiction/ Literature

Pages: 495     

Goodreads Rating: 3.56/5     

My Rating: 6 out of 10

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Review and Summary of the Novel The Book of Dave

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There are two narratives of the story, the contemporary and the future. In the present, the story starts with Dave being married to Michelle who becomes the mother of his son Carl. He leaves Michelle and files a Divorce. Later on, he resumes another relationship with the TV producer named Cal Devenish. Michelle forbids her son to meet Dave, and he becomes bitter about women. Out of depression and rage, he writes a book about his cab driving experience and the rage against women, divorce and unfair child access legislation. He gets the book printed on the metallic plate and buries it in the garden of Michelle’s house in Hampstead.

Later on, Dave suffers a nervous breakdown, gets admitted to the hospital and falls in a relationship with another woman named Phyllis Vance. Out of regret, he tries to find the book but fails. He writes another under the governance of Phyllis that encourages him to spend a life with forbearance and independence.

Later on, during Dave’s death, Carl and Cal buried the book in their garden that seemed sacred. They hoped the future community may discover the book as part of their secret religion.

Final Say on the Dystopian Novel The Book of Dave

The Book of Dave much loved by a lot of readers and reviewers received attention. You need a specific taste to understand and enjoy the book’s narrative. It presents a unique narrative that compels you to read the book even if it falls outside of your taste.

This book the writer delivered his deep thoughts about religion and the irony of contemporary life. However, I will recommend you to read the book yourself and decide about the appropriateness. I rated it 6 out of 10 because of the religious focus included in the book that may not display everybody’s taste.

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