Ever since he can remember, Animal has gone on all fours, the catastrophic result of what happened on That Night when, thanks to an American chemical company, the Apocalypse visited his slum.
Now not quite twenty, he leads a hand-to-mouth existence with his dog Jara and a crazy old nun called Ma Franci, and spends his nights fantasising about Nisha, the daughter of a local musician, and wondering what it must be like to get laid.
When a young American doctor, Elli Barber, comes to town to open a free clinic for the still suffering townsfolk - only to find herself struggling to convince them that she isn't there to do the dirty work of the 'Kampani' - Animal plunges into a web of intrigues, scams and plots with the unabashed aim of turning events to his own advantage.
Compellingly honest, entertaining and entirely without self-pity, Animal's account lights our way into his dark world with flashes of pure joy - from the very first page all the way to the story's explosive ending.
ANIMAL'S PEOPLE is a stunningly humane work of storytelling that takes us right to the heart of contemporary India.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 384 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster
- Publication Date: 04/02/2008
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781416526278
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Review by davidroche
The best and most inventive, descriptive and animated title on the 2007 Booker shortlist
Review by feralchicken
Whilst the story within this book is gripping, it is the picture of the people and their lives, painted by the narrator, that I found more enthralling. Their world was brought alive amid the pages; I could feel the heat and the dust and the hunger. A wonderful portrayal of an overlooked world.
Review by hairball
Not nearly as depressing as I thought it would be from the description, etc. Actually, I quite enjoyed it--had no desire to read it at all but it was hanging around the house. Took me a while to get the "namispond"/"jamispond" thing.