Book Review: The Rabbit Back Literature Society by Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen

The Rabbit Back Literature Society What’s it about?

Ella Milana is a literature teacher, and the possessor of beautifully curving lips.

But when she starts trying to unearth the truth behind the Society, Ella finds a lot more than she bargained for. What is ‘The Game’? Why are the words inside books rearranging themselves? And what explains the strange disappearance of an author, in a whirlwind of snow?


My thoughts

Ok, so I’ll admit I was drawn to this book for its stunning cover; and therein ends my love affair with this book. It was just plain wierd, often slow and I’m not entirely sure what the point was!

It reads like a Finnish folk story, goblins and elves and fairies and a there’s whole load of unexplained things happening.  The Finnish names don’t help either, trying to prounounce them in my head just added to the frustration.

In part one we learn more about Laura’s life and relationship with her parents and school which all seems relatively normal if a little boring.

But then we move into part two and the strange disappearance of author Laura White and the effects on the townfolk and the Society members – this is where the strange stuff starts happening and I totally lost the plot…yes, exactly that, I really had no idea what was supposed to be going and I found it a slog to read this section.

In part three there’s these truth games with the purpose to get its members to ‘spill’ their deepest most innermost secrets but why?? And they were taking this ‘yellow’ truth drug, I mean why would you do that?.  This Literature Society was so revered that its members were doing all this weird out of character stuff just to be included, they were successful published authors, surely they no longer needed this ‘notoriety’.

There’s nothing wrong with the actual structure of the book and the writing is perfectly acceptable, if somewhat simplistic, I just didn’t get it.

If you liked The Night Circus or even The Invisible Library or any kind of magical realism I suspect you’d like this, unfortunately not for me.

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Connect with the author Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen

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12 thoughts on “Book Review: The Rabbit Back Literature Society by Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen

  1. cosmochicklitan says:

    When I read the blurb I already thought that this book probably wouldn’t be for me, but I can definitely see how it would appeal to other readers. Great honest review, Lindsay. Thanks for linking up to #TalkoftheTown.

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  2. Abby K says:

    Hmm I’m intrigued to read it now and I don’t particularly like magic realism! The cover looks cool, and it seems a bit out of the ordinary! The folky element sounds interesting though x

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