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Pride of Eden by Taylor  Brown
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really liked it
bookshelves: fiction-2019, contemporary-2019, goodreadswins2019, theology, sociology

“Sometimes he longed for the lands of prehistory — a world before cages or bombs, when titans roamed. A world before sin. Sometimes he wished rain would fall and fall, drowning the histories of men, letting the world begin anew... Anse shook his head, blowing smoke... Too easy, he knew.”

This book is very disturbing. It alludes to the wish of a “time before time” while it smacks you in the face with contemporary issues of conservation in a throwaway society. Anse Canfield runs Little Eden, a rescue for exotic animals found roaming or caged along the Georgia coast. However, the people of this novel are just as exotic: Malaya, whose name means freedom, but is anything but free; Lope, who learned falconry and that has lead him to working with drones; and Tyler, a vet called to help animals by whatever means necessary. Together, they take on the ones who exploit these lost ones who are forced to live in the real world where they are used, abused and confused until they are brought to Little Eden, a safe place that cages the people who work there.

Told in past and present vignettes through both human and animal eyes, we see why Anse is so traumatized by the animals he feels called to rescue, why Malaya’s fears feed her need to stop the exploitation, why Lope’s guilt propels his new education, and why Tyler is so obsessed with everything “Anse”, even though he’s never shared the foundational story of Little Eden.

This book may upset you; Taylor Brown pulls no punches in this story, but gives no answers, only more questions. This might be a good book club pick for some. For others, it could leave you with a stomach ache. Recommended 4/5

[disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher as a Goodreads giveaway. This book will not be published until 2020]

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Reading Progress

July 10, 2019 – Shelved
July 10, 2019 – Shelved as: to-read
August 7, 2019 – Started Reading
August 9, 2019 –
page 115
August 14, 2019 – Shelved as: fiction-2019
August 14, 2019 – Shelved as: contemporary-2019
August 14, 2019 – Shelved as: goodreadswins2019
August 14, 2019 – Shelved as: theology
August 14, 2019 – Shelved as: sociology
August 14, 2019 – Finished Reading

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