Sunday, 3 January 2010

Josh Cotter - Driven By Lemons

Wow, this might well have been on my books of the year list except I got it on New Years Eve and have only just read it. I'll definately be reading it over and over again in little bits. It's a copy of Josh Cotter's sketchbook I guess, or it's made to look like that anyhow. A moleskin type sketchbook with rounded corners and inside covers and that. There's several pages of dense tiny text that doesn't make much sense but it's lovely words and makes a kind of poem, and as you read the book it seems to fit with it and make some sense of what's going on.

The main character is a rabbit and he keeps appearing and then disintegrating into beautiful abstract scribbly things. This sort of stuff is really hard to do well, but this book pulls it off and you never think he's just making marks for the sake of it, there is some sort of story and purpose to the whole thing though I'm not sure what it is... it's very satisfying. Maybe it's about the rabbits mental health problems, but nothing too obvious and simple. Very highly recommended.

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