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Animal's People by Indra Sinha
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Sep 03, 09


This book features an unusual narrator--"Animal," a young man who was badly injured in an industrial accident and now walks on all fours. Animal lives in extreme poverty in an Indian slum, and at first seems to be rather an off-putting character. He's profane, he's a bit mad, he rails against the universe. But as I read, I grew to love him. His hopes and desires resonate, as do his faults and his pettiness. The book is based on an actual incident in which a Union Carbide factory accident decimated a small town, and the company fought making redress. Very, very good book.
PS The narrator speaks in a patois that took me a little while to figure out. For example, Kampani means "company." Stick with it--it all makes sense after a bit. (It reminds me of The God of Small Things in this way)
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