Throwback Thursday #4 - When God was a Rabbit

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Gosh I love this time of year! I know it's only the second time that I experience the Christmas Season, but I can already tell you, it's the bestest. Don't you just feel like throwing tinsel and glitter over everything? I can promise you, for the next month, all my Mommy's header photos will have a Christmas theme. And me of course. 

It's Thursday already and the first time my Mommy opens her blog this whole week. Don't get too excited, we most probably won't get to it again before next week. Mommy is busy busy. I try my utmost best to give her an attitude, but even I get ignored. But she says she misses you all and we can quickly do a Throwback Thursday. Yea! I'm curled up behind her laptop and she's typing away. 

There are so many spins on the idea of Throwback Thursday, but we still like Davida's idea the most:

  • The Chocolate Lady's #Throwback Thursday takes place on the Thursday before the first Saturday of every month. Yes, there is a linky and it will remain open until she uploads the new one. Thank Goodness. My first and last sometimes gets very confused. 
  • Your post must highlight one of your previously published book reviews and Davida encourages other participants to do the same. 
  • Add the link to your post and remember to link back to The Chocolate Lady's Book Blog And do not forget to #ThrowbackThursday!

With our previous post, we've made the decision to combine Throwback Thursday with  Books from the Backlog, hosted by Carole's Random Life of BooksThis worked very well, so we are still combining these two features. By working well, I mean that my Mommy actually spend some time on her TBR shelf and we have a few game-plans up our tails. 

Let's start with the 4th book review my Mommy has done. 



Title: 
When God was a Rabbit 
Author: Sarah Winman
Published: 03 March 2011 (Headline Review)
Pages: 325
Read: 01 May 2016
Reviewed: 02 May 2016
Format: Paperback
Rating: 


Synopsis: Spanning four decades, from 1968 onwards, this is the story of a fabulous but flawed family and the slew of ordinary and extraordinary incidents that shape their everyday lives. It is a story about childhood and growing up, loss of innocence, eccentricity, familial ties and friendships, love and life. Stripped down to its bare bones, it’s about the unbreakable bond between a brother and sister. 

This was such a great book. This is a book that I will recommend to everyone who likes a book for more than just the story that is being told. I know that I will remember it for a long time to come. 

My Mommy says she must use this book for one of her Wednesday Wisdom posts. Half of her review is just quotes. She sure does love quotes from books. 

As always, I have asked her a couple of questions regarding the review:
  1. When was this review first published? - 02 May 2016.
  2. Did you have any idea what you were doing? - I think this review was subconsciously the pioneer for Wednesday Wisdom
  3. Will you re-write this review? - No. I still think it's the quotes and poetic writing that made this book so beautiful.
  4. Did you tweak this review? - A bit yes. I've added the top section with the book information. 
  5. Will you re-read the book? For sure, yes!
  6. Will you recommend others to read this review? Yes! But I don't think everybody will like the book. Like I've said, it's more about the writing than the story.
Our second section of Throwback Thursday, is Books from the Backlog. I don't actually even know what to say anymore. As I've told you in our latest Sunday Post, my Mommy lost all control on Black Friday and bought stacks of books. That means that she now surpassed the limited 500 books allowed on her TBR. Not even sure what it is at the moment, will still need to do that recon. 

Luckily, Books from the Backlog does put some weight on her conscious and she tries to clear the stacks from the bottom up. The 4th book on Mommy's TBR list, was Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith. They've seen the movie adaptation and it was really good. Mommy says she doesn't think she's going to read the book. It just got deleted. Number 4 on the TBR is now:


In his most brilliant and powerful novel, Pat Conroy tells the story of Tom Wingo, his twin sister, Savannah, and the dark and violent past of the family into which they were born. Set in New York City and the lowcountry of South Carolina, the novel opens when Tom, a high school football coach whose marriage and career are crumbling, flies from South Carolina to New York after learning of his twin sister's suicide attempt. Savannah is one of the most gifted poets of her generation, and both the cadenced beauty of her art and the jumbled cries of her illness are clues to the too-long-hidden story of her wounded family.

In the paneled offices and luxurious restaurants of New York City, Tom and Susan Lowenstein, Savannah's psychiatrist, unravel a history of violence, abandonment, commitment, and love. And Tom realizes that trying to save his sister is perhaps his last chance to save himself.
With passion and a rare gift of language, the author moves from present to past, tracing the amazing history of the Wingos from World War II through the final days of the war in Vietnam and into the 1980s, drawing a rich range of characters: the lovable, crazy Mr. Fruit, who for decades has wordlessly directed traffic at the same intersection in the southern town of Colleton; Reese Newbury, the ruthless, patrician land speculator who threatens the Wingos' only secure worldly possession, Melrose Island; Herbert Woodruff, Susan Lowenstein's husband, a world-famous violinist; Tolitha Wingo, Savannah's mentor and eccentric grandmother, the first real feminist in the Wingo family.
Pat Conroy reveals the lives of his characters with surpassing depth and power, capturing the vanishing beauty of the South Carolina lowcountry and a lost way of life. His lyric gifts, abundant good humor, and compelling storytelling are well known to readers of The Great Santini and The Lords of Discipline. The Prince of Tides continues that tradition yet displays a new, mature voice of Pat Conroy, signaling this work as his greatest accomplishment.

She still wants to read this one. Now she must just get a copy of it. Sure one of the Secondhand Bookshops around town will have one. 

Have you read When God was a Rabbit or The Prince of Tides? We are especially interested in your views on The Prince of Tides. At almost 600 pages, I do  hope it will be worth the read!

It's almost weekend, hope you have a great book to spend your weekend with!

Season Greetings,

Elza 


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    1. Hi Davida! I also love Throwback Thursday! Seriously need to do more of them.

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  2. A book you highly recommend? I will add it to my list.

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  3. i haven't read either one but they sound interesting. i love the title for when god was a rabbit
    sherry @ fundinmental

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    1. Hi Sherry! That title does shows the innocence of children so perfectly. I thought it was a lovely read! But then a couple of people disagreed with me. Thankfully we all have our own reading preferences.

      Hope you had a good week!

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  4. Thanks, I definitely need to check this one out. See my Throwback Thursday post: https://wordsandpeace.com/2020/12/03/throwback-thursday-november-2010/

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  5. I've wanted to read The Prince of Tides but the themes are heavy, and right now I can do without heavy themes for leisure. Hope you get to read it.

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    1. It does seem a bit heavy, I have to agree. But I do like the heavy stuff every now and then. Maybe not over the festive season no!

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  6. I like that you're pulling out your older reviews so I can catch some books I've not noticed before.

    I've seen parts of The Prince of Tides movie, but not read the book. Enjoy the next one off your pile. :)

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    1. Hi Sophia! I love how Throwback Thursday just helps me to sort my reading and blogging life out a bit! We so easily forget about the books there at the back of the shelf.

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  7. I think I have a copy of Child 44. I will have to see if that is still one that I am interested in. The Prince of Tides does sound really good. I am not sure if I have seen the movie or not but it would be worth a try. Enjoy and thanks for joining in!

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    1. The movie of Child 44 was really handled very well, I think that's why I don't want to read it too. I know there is a movie of The prince of Tides, but I haven't seen it yet.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. I like the idea of doing some throwbacks and highlighting books that have left the spotlight.
    Lynn :D

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    1. It's great fun Lynn and it also helps me to get my reading and blogging life sorted out!

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    1. Hi Laurel-Rain! I saw your review on Goodreads and I could see that you loved it! Looking forward to getting to read it.

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  10. I have heard wonderful things about The Princes of Tides, but I haven't read it or anything by Pat Conroy for that matter. Perhaps someday. I think Child 44 is on my TBR shelf. I fluctuate back and forth about whether I'll actually read it or should let it go. We've been doing a lot of pulling books from shelves recently to donate--both read and unread. It's always bittersweet.

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    1. Oh that will be in my pipeline early in the new year. We are planning some renovations and then I need to sort my books out as we will get new bookshelves. I know that quite a bit will end up going to charity or for credits at the secondhand bookshop. Bittersweet as you say!

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  11. This time of the year is the best. I've been shopping some. There's an outlet mall 40 minutes from my home and somehow I made it there, because it has all the big name store, ie. Reebok, Addidas, Abercrombie. I hope I don't get in the habit of buying too many things for myself.

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    1. Hi Trin, I didn't get to do shopping yet no. But tomorrow is my birthday and after that I will start with the Christmas shopping!

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  12. Sorry, I haven't read any of them, but I did hear good things about the Prince of tides.

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    1. Hi IzaBzh! So did I. Let's hope it meets its expectations!

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  13. I’ve not read any of these, was Prince of Tides a film? It sounds a big book!

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    1. HI Heather! Yes, there is a film. Haven't seen it yet either. Will try to get to the book real soon and then watch the film. Or the other way around... Will have to see!

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