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Animal's People by Indra Sinha
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May 20, 11

Read from May 16 to 20, 2011

Don't worry if you begin this book and want to put it away. If you do, you will be justified since the topic of the Bhopal disaster in Khaufpur in 1984 is just horrifying. You meet the main character (whose spine is so twisted as a result of the "Kampani" that he must go around on all fours) and you are immediately unsure that you want to take the Inferno-like trek through his hometown, so much devestation and woe is omnipresent. If you decide to put it away, oh well, too bad-- you are just incredibly foolish! Stick with it and soon, what becomes harrowing and almost too too much becomes a must for lovers of TRUE literature. Animal is a truly special individual, a modern yet un-Romantic Quasimodo living far far away. This is a wake up call, a character study, a plead for the end of ignorance. Animal talks of his people with such tenderheartedness that when his anger is manifested... you simply know that the writer concocted the perfect protagonist: a pariah in a sea of pariahs. Intense poverty, it seems, is the perfect atmosphere to show what humanity lacks, as well as what it is truly made up of.

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Liana I've read this!!! Curious to know what you think.

Fabian Did you really? The SAME one?
We have incredibly different tastes.

Liana The same one. It was on the 1,001 list but was removed in 2010.

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