Generated Image Erik Nordby: Toyist

Monday, July 10, 2006


A bipolar cabbie reeling from divorce and a restraining order that bars him from his son writes a book of guidelines and rules that he wants to pass onto to his son. The diatribes are mixed in with the routes a driver must know in London to be a cabbie - known as the knowledge. He buries the book in his son’s backyard and in 500 years after the great disaster some poor surviving souls unbury the book and base their religion and culture on the misogynistic rants of Dave Redmond. Will Self is a twisted man who twists the life of a slug in modern London with a Geezer or home spun prophet who seeks to reveal the true nature of Dave to a world of fundamental Davists. The book is hard to read because half of it is set in the future that has it's own language that one can only understand after slugging through half the book. There is a glossary in the back of the book but who has time for that non-sense.

The best term of the book is "Toyist" which the glossary defines as fake, unreal or Taboo.
The book of Dave is all of the above and a great mind fuck to boot.


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