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I Animal

4.73  ·  Rating details ·  30 ratings  ·  15 reviews
*Finalist for the Independent Author Network's 2019 Book of the Year Award in Humor/Satire/Comedy

Q: When trusting your baser instincts threatens to strip your hold on sanity, who do you turn to?
A: A turkey in the woods.

A primal force awakens in Tommy after learning of his mother’s impending death. She’s all right, not in the hospital on life support or anything, but her da
Paperback, 220 pages
Published July 6th 2018 by Tumbleweed Books
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Nikki Brown
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I Animal is unique in its depth of heart meets comedy based in personality. The unreliable narrator of Tommy D’Angelo is hilarious in his neuroticism. He is constantly stretched between the opposing forces of his desire to be a good person and doubt that he is a person at all. This work of fiction is provocative in the sense that it pushes us to think and feel beyond the borders of what is socially and intellectually comfortable for a 21st-century consumerist culture. Tommy’s heroism lies in the ...more
Brian Brogan
Jul 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A youthful, raw and vulnerable novel with ironic wit; the protagonist, a striving writer in LA, leaves for his hometown of Buffalo NY to visit his terminally sick mother. Here we enter a slice of middle class Americana in the old Northeastern rustbelt. The juxtapositions of both worlds are highlighted in their character or lack of. Lyrical soliloquies ponder the trials and tribulation. The main character reasons and de-reasons with insights and philosophy in complex humor, self-deprecation, neur ...more
Thomas Cannon
Jun 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing

This book kept me turning the pages. It is not a dense read but it is packed with an examination of modern life and the modern internal strife. In the story of Tommy coming home to spend time with his terminal ill mother, the author explores a man coming to terms with his relationship with his parents, his cousins, his ex-wife, and a potential love interest.

At the same time, the main character is spending his nights as a wolf, having a conversation with a turkey. What does that stand for? To m
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I rather enjoyed this book. Being a fellow Buffalonian and current resident of the city, I get the love/hate relationship Tommy has for his home town. Most of us have had, at one point in our lives, that internal struggle, should we leave, should we stay? Should we stay and listen to the opinions of our city by those that left? Should we leave and opine our hometown? Tommy figures this out as well as how to be a man with animalistic tendencies, conquer adulthood, and overcome life's cruel realit ...more
Randi Brown
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A great read! One moment the author had me cracking up over the humorous antics of the characters (it’s easy to recognize that the author also works in the visual media of film – the scenes are so vividly brought to life), and the next moment I found myself reading and rereading thought-provoking passages about human nature. The author blends the absurd together with wry humor and poignant truths. The style and protagonist reminded me of J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye, but for those of us fi ...more
Michael Milazzo
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I Animal was an outstanding read. I had the pleasure of attending a book reading last August in Buffalo, and immediately knew I had to buy it. The tale details the tragedy that is life, and Tommy's struggle to maintain his sanity through it all. The writing mixes wry humor, a poignant plot, and profound insight in a way that made me continue reading much later in the evening than I had intended to on multiple occasions. Worthy of another read - my book is full of dog-ears that I'm looking forwar ...more
Mike Yelich
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book! Being from Buffalo (really the surrounding areas) was a huge hit for me. Kevin's intelligence and sharp humor popped right from the beginning of the story. I laughed out loud several times and even cried at one point. That's how I know the author has me fully engaged. Loved the story and how it was told. After reading some initial reviews of I Animal, I reread Catcher in the Rye and can definitely see some similarities to Salinger's work. Looking forward to Kevin's next book! ...more
Keith R.
Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A heartfelt foray into the interplay of emotions and mind. This book takes us on a journey of trials disappointment longing and bittersweet transcendence. As we all have to play the hand we’re dealt, this book offers up that through honest acceptance of oneself, and the roles one is born into, great transformations are possible. We all must balance playing our part in our own families as we strive to become our better selves. A must read!
Kathy McGoldrick
Dec 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lovely journey to a place where cultures have met and kind of “drained away” into a kind of social and emotional garage sale.
If that’s where you came from, how do you figure out how to put together all those loose items to find your life?
I never thought anyone would dare try to make Cheektowaga real! Congrats, Kevin!
Francesco Staluppi
Apr 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I Animal is what I would describe as a slow-burn / contemplative narrative, immersing you directly into the wintery atmosphere of a dying mother, beautifully melodic and vivid. The prose is incisive and funny, would definitely recommend to anybody in need of a new book to order it.
Linette Blaszak
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great book! This is a book about an area near my home town. Well written and enjoyable!! So glad I read it! This book depicts the struggles all of us have when dealing with family and places we think we left behind! Loved it!
Jill A
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A fun read with a thought provoking story. A study in the dynamics of family and weight of family duties with a witty narration.
Sandra L.
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Funny, thoughtful story of a man coming home to deal with family, friends, & fears he’s been running from.
Peter Cameron
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The back cover says it's reminiscent of Salinger's CATCHER IN THE RYE, and you know what? Dead right. Thought it was such a sly, well-written, and honest book. I'll be reading his next for sure. ...more
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I loved this novel by Kevin DelPrincipe. Immediately, you are drawn into the book by its first person perspective and able to get into the mindset of the main character, a struggling screenwriter, as he must return home to Buffalo to care for his ailing mother. The humor is dry, biting, and satirical. The main character has some hilarious observations about life, his career, and other things as he becomes reacquainted with his hometown and the strange occurrences that start to happen to him. Hig ...more
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KEVIN DEL PRINCIPE is a writer and film director. I Animal is Del Principe's debut novel, published by Tumbleweed Book. The son of a snowplow truck driver and a school nurse, Kevin grew up outside of Buffalo, New York. Later, he worked in Los Angeles and taught screenwriting at Loyola Marymount University. Kevin now makes his home in Memphis, Tennessee. He directed and co-wrote the feature film, ...more

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