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Beasts of New York by Jon Evans
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Jul 18, 2012

really liked it
Recommended for: Adults

I greatly enjoyed this fantasy of the life and adventures of a Central Park squirrel in NYC - although I was a little uncomfortable with the occasional violence. Evans is an excellent story-teller and the various strands of the story are skillfully woven together in such a way that you want to keep reading to find out what is going to happen next to the hero of the story. I can see this book being made into an animated feature film -- it's filled with adventure but also has realistic character development, self-reflection and philosophical insight. The book design, materials, and great illustrations - wonderful woodcuts - all add to and enhance the book's overall "mythic" feel. After reading this book, you'll probably look at the squirrels in your urban environment and wonder.. are their lives so "simple" or uncomplicated after all?

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