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Ark Baby

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  190 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Bobby Sullivan changes his name and flees London after killing a monkey. He sets up his veterinary service in a northern coastal town. Here he finds that Tobias Phelps, ghost and erstwhile Victorian freak, is haunting the town.
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Published July 1st 2006 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (first published January 15th 1998)
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Bill
this is one of the most bizarre books i've ever read.it's also one of the funniest, although in a definitely black humour vein.so if that type of thing appeals to you, and you like fine writing as well, you should really give this a try.this is the second book i've read by liz jensen and she is rapidly becoming one of my favorite authors.
Isabel (kittiwake)
'There will be two world wars,' murmurs the Laudanum Empress, yawning over her untouched cup and saucer. It is the heyday of her psychic particles. 'As a result, a million skulls will be strewn all over France.' She pauses, squinting sideways. 'But on the more positive side, there will be something known as long-life milk.'

A darkly comic satire about Darwinism, heredity and religious belief, and featuring parsons, freaks, laudanum addicts, ghosts, taxidermists, vets, obsessive cooks, and an ark
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Stephanie Augustin
This work of genius may have been called a comedy, but I found myself rooting for the freakish couple and enjoying how Jensen uses the Montgolfier balloon to add to imagination (among others); thus alternating between trepidation at their escapades and sadness at the blatant ostracism. Add to that mixture her astute observations at Life, the Universe, God and Darwinism, this is fucking gold and more proof that Jensen is a fucking genius. The woman does not write fast enough.
Rachael Eyre
There's nobody quite like Liz Jensen, and this - the sixth I've read- is the wackiest romp yet. An intriguing premise, potty cast of characters and fun look at a thorny subject make this a rollicking read. My favourite character had to be the Laudanum Empress, particularly once she'd passed on and taken to haunting her descendants' sofa.

It sheds a star due to a few things that niggled: the unutterably sleazy character of Bobby/Buck, who despite the blurb really is quite incidental (and would eve
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Hannah Wingfield
Ark Baby is unfortunately one of those books whose “blurb” does not accurately reflect its content, and for that reason I was initially a bit disappointed. Here’s what the back of the novel says:
“Since the year all British women became infertile, Bobby Sullivan’s London veterinary clinic has been packed with primate ‘children’ and, speaking as an alpha male, he’s sick to death of them. Hoping to reincarnate himself, he moves north, but finds there is no escape from the Darwinian imperative – or
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Christopher James
This book is a hoot.

For a start it is actually a good book about evolution. I could almost shelve it under science. Even structurally, the two time lines coil around each other like a double helix.

It is funny - she has a great turn of phrase.

'Carpe Deum', says the newly reinvented Buck De Saville, 'Seize the day. Grab it by the through and rattle its bollocks'.

There's the moment when a creationist preacher refutes Darwin with tales of how intelligent his God is. Not only does God make a lobst
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S.
The plot of this book pits creationism against evolution, and revolves around Tobias Phelps, an odd-looking boy unsure of his parentage, who is adopted by a parson and his wife in a town called Thunder Spit. A parallel plot unfolds in London around the same time -1845- involving a taxidermist, his daughter Violet and the family chef. One other intertwined story centered on a rather sleazy veterinarian is set in Thunder Spit in 2005, a time when England is beset by female infertility. There are a ...more
Rob
Ark Baby is a real oddity, defying any obvious classification and making it tricky to summarise. It's essentially a novel about evolution, featuring three storylines in two time periods; it manages to incorporate elements of sci-fi (an alternate 2005 in which England has hit upon a fertility crisis)and magical realism (most obviously with the inclusion of a ghost) in a highly literary tale of, respectively, a vet on the run from London, a young man searching for his heritage and a taxidermist's ...more
Dariosk
There's good weird and then there's weird weird... this one is definitely the second kind.
B A
Tufandan sonra kısırlaşmış kadınlar, Darwin, başı belada bir veteriner, Kraliçe Viktorya'nın biyologu ve onun yemeklere meraklı kızı, HMS Beagle, centilmen maymun, papazın evlat edindiği garip bir bebek... Şiddetle tavsiye edilir. Detaylar: http://kitapnot.blogspot.com/2012/04/...
Sps
Books in Print:Fiction Connection recommended this for a fan of Infinite Jest. Also a 1998 NYT Notable Book.

Amusing, in a style kind of like Peter Carey, kind of like Neal Stephenson, kind of like Julian Barnes. I don't really see the DFW parallels, but maybe it'll come.

Rhea
Ark Baby is an incredibly amusing novel written by a woman whose wit and cleverness is very impressive. The entire novels plays out vividly in ones imagination as a steam punk black comedy. This is one if my favourite novels.
Efrat
Sep 08, 2007 Efrat rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
fiction. one of my favorite authors. touches on evolutionary topics, vegetarianism, and has a few stories woven together. this is one of my favorite books to recommend.
Jessica
What would happen if, for some reason, nobody could get pregnant anymore? Another fun one from Ms. Jensen.
Carrie
I love disturbing books. This one doesn't disappoint. A chef cooks up endangered species. 'Nuff said.
Tom
"nature has one hell of a sense of humour!"
Becky
A very intrigueing story with a nice twist.
Jessica
This is exactly the kind of weirdness I love!
Emily
Utterly absurd and absolutely hilarious.
Christie
Very clever and highly entertaining
Sarah Sammis
A modern day ark and a vestigial tail.
Mike Puma
Feb 09, 2011 Mike Puma marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Liz Jensen was born in Oxfordshire, the daughter of a Danish father and an Anglo-Moroccan mother. She spent two years as a journalist in the Far East before joining the BBC, first as a journalist, then as a TV and radio producer. She then moved to France where she worked as a sculptor began her first novel, Egg Dancing, which was published in 1995. Back in London she wrote Ark Baby (1998) which wa ...more
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“Carpe Dium, I say. Seize the day. Grab it by the throat and rattle its bollocks” 1 likes
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