Tuesday, December 03, 2013
Review: There Is No Dog
Author: Meg Rosoff
Date of Publication: August 2011
Source: Borrowed from library
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The concept dragged me to this book, and I loved it. The concept that God could be a teenage boy, who preferred staring at girls and eating to actually changing the world, really interested me. The book had a mix of modern and old-fashioned bits and pieces, and it worked really well. For instance, the book started with a nature description, but with modern metaphors; "Birds tweet and twitter their social networks".
It showed all the problems with the world, and interpreted that maybe the reason why there are wars, hurricanes etc because of the period of time "creation" happened in; "well, what do you expect when you skip through creation in 6 lousy days?". As an ecletic (non-religious but takes pieces of faiths to make own) person, this is actually partly why I am not a Christian, and I loved this interpretation.
Throughout the book, little chunks of history develop the characters and the backgrounds of the protagonists build all the way through the book. I found it really interesting how Bob's name changed between Bob and God depending on his emotions.
The characters were all introduced at very different points in the book; and the way it was staggered worked very well. I loved all the characters; Lucy, Bob and the secondary character Mr B. He was like a dad-secretary to Bob, and he was always very frustrated but he was a funny character and I could tell how much he cared for Bob.
The book was humourous yet serious, a good balance so that it wasn't too overwhelming but worked really well as a mix. We get lots of emotions and thoughts from Bob subtlety, particularly through descriptions of the weather because it would change to express his mood. It was a good way of showing us his emotion, without it being really plain description of how he felt.
There Is No God was a funny book with a concept of pure gold and an amazing plot-line. I loved it; and I hope I get to read some of Rosoff's other novels soon.