“Lottie Jane said: 4 stars
A rather compelling tale set in India and told from the point of view of Animal, a young man whose exposure to chemical gases from a factory mishap has deformed his back forcing him to walk on all fours. Animal sees himself as less than human and his internal conversations add to the tale. Meanwhile, he is befriended by a group of activists who are trying to get their corrupt judicial system to bring a lawsuit against the American company that owned the factory.
This story is based on a real factory accident.
Initially, I found the tale to be rather confusing. The Indian terms that are used can give one pause. However, as the story progressed, I began to really enjoy it. I liked learning about the Indian culture and I really felt for the plight of the main characters.
This book is only on the 2008 list and was removed from it in 2010.
Zombie Kitten said: 5 stars
This book can be read on so many levels and I liked all of them. I could read it just for Animal and his psychology and the way he viewed himself and interacted with the other people. Then added to that is the political climate and the cultural climate of the rest of the characters. It's definitely one I'll be reading again.”