Wednesday, July 12, 2006
Straight out of the UK
The book is divided between Dave's desperate life in modern-day London and a distant future where the natives of flooded-out London speak a taxi-driver/l337 dialect and live their lives (or so I've gathered) based on the rants of Dave. The men and the women, for example, live separately simply because Dave and his wife are acrimoniously divorced. Dave, as well, is said to be watching from his "rearview" or "mirra" where he sees everything that the "fares" do.
So far the novel is just as interesting and inventive as I expected. I'm puzzling out, however, what the relationship is going to be between Dave and the people he has inspired in the future. Are they working out some sort of misogynist society or will that be over thrown by the more rebellious people of "Ham" who seem to violate Dave's "rules" to their own peril. Will Dave himself ever reconcile his problems with women?