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The Animals in That Country by Laura Jean McKay
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Timely, as I've just watched the Netflix series Tiger King and there's a pandemic about. The virus that breaks out across Australia, in this novel, moves through stages. First, people can hear mammals, then birds, and finally insects -- when they finally lose their minds. They hear animals with their whole bodies -- so that this novel becomes a cacophony of strings of words, guttural spoutings, sensory descriptors. The animal world is one of smells, tastes, uncensored thoughts. It is like the virus unlocks the 90% of the brain humans don't use, and they become more absorbed into the world. When there is a cure for the virus, the silence is astonishing. The author uses sound and sensory detail to great literary effect. It can be confusing, however, and to the detriment of story.
With thanks to #netgalley and Scribe UK for an ARC to read and review.
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April 10, 2020 – Started Reading
April 10, 2020 – Shelved
April 17, 2020 – Shelved as: aww2020
April 17, 2020 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by Claire (new)

Claire I was looking at buying this, maybe I'll wait and see if the library can get it when they reopen.


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