Only the Animals

Only the Animals

eBook - 2015
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The souls of ten animals caught up in human conflicts over the last century tell their astonishing stories of life and death. In a trench on the Western Front a cat recalls her owner Colette's theatrical antics in Paris. In Nazi Germany a dog seeks enlightenment. A Russian tortoise once owned by the Tolstoys drifts in space during the Cold War. In the siege of Sarajevo a bear starving to death tells a fairytale. And a dolphin sent to Iraq by the US Navy writes a letter to Sylvia Plath . . . Exquisitely written, playful and poignant, Only the Animals is a remarkable literary achievement by one of our brightest young writers. An animal's-eye view of humans at our brutal, violent worst and our creative, imaginative best, it asks us to find our way back to empathy not only for animals, but for other people, and to believe again in the redemptive power of reading and writing fiction.
Publisher: London : Atlantic Books, 2015
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780374713065
Branch Call Number: EBOOK OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Dec 02, 2015

A series of short stories that riff on animals and events in literary fiction. The book is replete with literary in-jokes (many of which sailed right over my head). It was very clever, but I felt rather excluded by it.

Nov 29, 2015

In this clever, quirky book Ceridwen Dovey takes us into the minds of animals which have died in situations of human conflict and allows them to tell their stories in their own words. In doing so, she shines a light on the way animals have been both treasured and exploited by humans throughout history. The individual stories are sometimes sad, sometimes amusing but never twee and always give plenty of food for thought.

Mar 14, 2015

These extended points of view are just an excuse for other angles on humans (in historical situations)...the stories are full of projection onto animals and they tell us nothing at all that accepts and respects the otherness and uniqueness of animals as creatures different from ourselves.

YPRL_MANDM Dec 10, 2014

I thought this was a wonderful, well-written and highly creative book. Stories from the point of view of animals can often be twee, but this wasn't twee in the slightest. As the back of the book says, perhaps only the animals can tell us what it is like to be human.


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