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King of Rabbits Reviews

King of Rabbits by Karla Neblett

King of Rabbits

Karla Neblett

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1 review

Imprint: William Heinemann Ltd
Publisher: Cornerstone
Publication date: 25 Mar 2021
ISBN: 9781785152481

The refuge he seeks in his love of nature, and the wild rabbits who have made their burrows in the woods, may not be refuge enough. King of Rabbits is a beautiful, painful, at times funny novel about how a little boy perceives the world, and how his environment leads him on a path to manhood he doesn't want to follow;

4 stars out of 5
5 May 2021

"a heartfelt debut"

Neblett has a good ear for the vernacular of Kai and his circle: letters from school make his mother “aggy as fuck”, and a self-important authority figure has “macky eyebrows and wobbles in his voice”. But Neblett’s prose is not always equal to the technical challenge of telling a story in a child’s voice. A room is “hot hot” and contains a “Tick tick ticking clock”. Kai “jump jump jumped” and runs “fast fast faster”. Food is “yum yum yummy”. Do children think like this? Perhaps – but so do authors short on inspiration. King of Rabbits is a heartfelt novel about poverty, race and inherited trauma, but at times these themes get lost in the haze of Kai’s perceptions – much like the adult world he only half-sees through the smoke-filled air of his home.