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Animal's People by Indra Sinha
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May 16, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: favorites, lonely-or-oddball-narrators, can-we-please-be-friends

A remarkably memorable story of pain, sexuality, justice, and the human struggle for life in a scared city in India. Animal is a fantastic protagonist; an unusual, unique, highly observant and humorous young boy whose spine has been bent into such a contortion that he walks on all fours. Throughout the novel, he struggles to identify as more "animal" than human; a sensible yet unsuccessful attempt at distancing himself from the pains and demands of being a human being. His city has been devestated by an explosion at a chemical factory many years ago, and the effects are still terrifyingly present today. The factory owners, however, have never been brought to justice, and Animal and his people continue to suffer the consequences as they struggle out a rough existence in a world without fairness. Beautifully told with a suprising amount of humane humor, this is a fantastic novel.

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