Thursday, August 20, 2020

'The Constant Rabbit' by Jasper Fforde

 20 August 2020

Regular readers may have noticed my enthusiasm for the comic fantasy author Jasper Fforde: I have previously reviewed 12 of his novels here, from 'The Big Over Easy' (in April 2007) to ‘Early Riser’ (in October 2018). Fforde writes childishly silly books for adults, which won’t be to everyone’s taste but I’ve really enjoyed them. His latest is ‘The Constant Rabbit’ which I have just finished reading as an unabridged audio book, narrated by Andrew Wincott. Like ‘Early Riser’ this is a stand-alone novel, but it feels closer to Jasper Fforde’s earlier series of Nursery Crimes and Thursday Next books. ‘The Constant Rabbit’ is a bit Jasper Fforde by numbers: we are again in a strange parallel universe, uncannily like our own except for the fact that, as the result of an Inexplicable Anthropomorphising Event fifty-five years ago, there are 1.2 million human-sized rabbits living alongside humans across the UK. This allows Fforde to make some serious points about prejudice and discrimination with talking rabbits standing in for more obvious minorities. But this is not a serious book and, although there are some great gags it feels a little unambitious compared to the much more complex ‘Early Riser’.



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