We Are Animals
A cow looks out to sea, dreaming of a life that involves grass.
Jan is also looking out to sea. He’s in Goa, dreaming of the passport-thief who stole his heart (and his passport) forty-six years ago. Back then, fate kept bringing them together, but lately it seems to have given up.
Jan has not. In his long search he has accidentally held a whole town at imaginary gunpoin...more
What a journey!!! I felt like Jan was telling his story to me and I felt like I was traveling with him.
I cried and I laughed and I fell in lo ...more
We Are Animals is an extraordinary story about some very ordinary people.
The story begins, and ends, on a beach (different beaches). Jan is a ‘moustache’ (older man, firmly entrenched in his opinions and resistant to change) and Sharkey is a ‘vest’ (young, full of spirit and spirits, and looking for himself at beach discos). G ...more
I absolutely loved each of the characters, but Jan really took me on his journey. I laughed and cried with these characters and it takes a bit to get me emotional during a book.
Really loved everything about this book. It’s about small moments and ordinary people, which makes it just so compelling to read. I love the mix of emotions and absolutely loved the characters too.
It's clever, funny, silly and deep. I don't know how to explain why, but it reminds me of Jonas Jonasson's 100 Year Old Man books.
I was sorry when this book ended. I am hoping for a Part 2! ...more
Essentially, this is a story of love, loss, and longing. “ManJan” travels the world with a feisty “LadyJan,” and they forge many friendships on the way. In a bizarre twist of fate, ManJan rediscovers each of these friendships as he revisits all the places he had gone with LadyJan. Only this time, he is lo ...more
Manjan’s story is poignant and serendipitous. The author makes many of his astute observations through the man who has spent ...more
Two unlikely companions are thrown together: one older, somewhat set in his ways these days although he’s been anything but conventional in his younger years, and one a younger, rather callow youth. But their being together allows us to hear Jan’s stories and encounter some wonderful animal characters.
The novel is about ships passing in the night, how lives are touched by even the briefest and apparently most ...more
A hilarious, heart-wrenching and entertaining story of ManJan.
The characters in the story include ManJan, LadyJan, Shakey, Pricha the cow, Hylad, Micheal and many more.
We are Animals has nothing to do with animals, if you exclude the role of Pricha, that is. It is a story of finding love, fate and hope.
I recommend this book to those who are looking for a one-of-a-kind read.
You follow Jan as he travels through life and across the world in search of meaning, adventure and the people that mean the most to him. It's actually difficult to summarise the plot of this book without giving too much away - the unpredictability of the plot is one of its charms - so I will leave it to you to find out.
We Are Animals is supremely funny but it also seamlessly weaves it's w ...more
The novel is the right mix of humour and e ...more
The central story is between two Jans, a boy and a girl, who ...more
The writing style was humourous, but sincere. Overall, it was a touching story about how all of us have an animal desire for companionship.
It has taken me awhile to read this with all the interruptions in my life. I am glad I found it and glad to have read it. I greatly enjoyed all of the interwoven stories. The author also effortlessly moves in between past and present. That is not something everyone can do well. I highly recommend this book and love how open the ending(s) is/are. I also love the evolution from vest to mustache.
The characters are lovable and they pull you into the story. They kept propelling it forward in a way that I couldn't put the book down.
The imagery in this book is also powerful. It gave me a strong vibe of an A24 movie.
And the symbolism... stunning.
I give this 5 out of 5 stars! Thank you to the author for giving me an ARC in exchange for an honest review. ...more
As Manjan and Shakey forge an acquaintance over red wine and vodka re ...more
Any of the other technological devices and/or services that would have allowed them not lose contact!
I perhaps should have avoided this book. I never do like ‘whimsical’ as much as I think I’m ...more
Now, a stand-up comedy career, a brief acting stint (he’s in that film Bronson, somewhere in the background) and one theatre group later, Tim’s first novel We Are Animals is due to be p ...more