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by Indra Sinha

eBook Animal's People download ISBN: 074325919X
Author: Indra Sinha
Publisher: Scribner (March 5, 2007)
Language: English
Pages: 448
ePub: 1642 kb
Fb2: 1558 kb
Rating: 4.1
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Category: Literature
Subcategory: Contemporary

Animal's People is a novel by Indra Sinha. It was shortlisted for the 2007 Man Booker Prize and is the Winner of the 2008 Commonwealth Writers' Prize: Best Book From Europe & South Asia.

Animal's People is a novel by Indra Sinha. Sinha's narrator is a 19-year-old orphan of Khaufpur, born a few days before the 1984 Bhopal disaster, whose spine has become so twisted that he must walk on all fours. Ever since he can remember, he has gone on all fours.

Animal's People is raw, furious, and utterly compelling. From the arresting opening line of Indra Sinha's vivid second novel, the voice of Animal, the narrator, leaps out to grab you by the throat. Indra Sinha is a brave writer, and he's produced a novel of great power. - Mohsin Hamid, author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist. Animal's People - part coming-of-age Bildungsroman, part vicious critique of corporate terrorism - is a bold and punchy tale. - Lucy Beresfoford, New Statesman.

Animal’s people, Indra Sinha. Tape one. I used to be human once. I don’t remember it myself, but people who knew me when I was small say I walked on two feet just like a human being. So sweet you were, a naughty little angel. p. cm. 1. Bhopal Union Carbide Plant Disaster, Bhopal, India, 1984-. You’d stand up on tiptoe, Animal my son, and hunt in the cupboard for food. This is the sort of thing they say.

Animal's People book. Animal's People is a clever book. As with his first novel, The Death of Mr Love, author Indra Sinha again strives to be the Indian answer to Nabokov with his sly double-meanings and quick wordplay. Profane, piercingly honest, and scathingly funny, Animal's People. However, despite effectively tackling an important issue-the Bhopal chemical disaster of 1984-Animal's People is perhaps too clever for its own good. Unless you have expert knowledge of Urdu, Hindi and French in addition to English (I don't) subtleties will be missed.

The answer, provided by Indra Sinha in his Booker-shortlisted Animal's People, is to write it using a narrator who has never breathed any other kind of air, and who is by turns cynical and romantic, bawdy and philosophical.

I used to be human once. Ever since he can remember, Animal has gone on all fours, his back twisted beyond repair by the catastrophic events of that night when a burning fog of poison smoke from the local factory blazed out over the town of Khaufpur, and the Apocalypse visited his slums. Now just turned seventeen and well schooled in street work, he lives by his wits, spending his days jamisponding (spying) on town officials and looking after the elderly nun who raised him, Ma Franci

Zafar’s tried all his sources to find out who she is and where she has come from, come up with a big fucking nul. All we know is she had a big job in Amrika, she gave it up to come to Khaufpur.

Zafar’s tried all his sources to find out who she is and where she has come from, come up with a big fucking nul. one day Dayanand lets slip that she had worked in a hospital for veterans. What’s the name of the hospital? asks Zafar when I tell him this. Which medical centre? Just the name’s Medical Centre. Dayanand said it was a huge building that stands on a hill. Veterans are soldiers. I know what veterans are, says Zafar. Surely now we can trace her. Did he say which.

Animal’s People: Indra Sinha. Novels from India are something that seem to make their way to my shelves but never get read (a few examples being Arundhati Roy’s The God Of Small Things, Vikram Seth’s A Suitable Boy, and last year’s Booker winner, The Inheritance Of Loss by Kiran Desai). So, going ahead with my intent to read all thirteen books longlisted for the Booker this year, Indra Sinha’s Animal’s People was one Indian novel that wasn’t destined for indefinite shelving. And for that happy I’m, as its narrator may say. Yes, such contortions are normal in Animal’s speech.

Comments: (7)
The setting of this fascinating book is bold -- the book is told by "Animal", who is a teenager walking on fours, owing to a terrible industrial disaster in the fictional town Khaufpur (which clearly refers to 1984 Bhopal disaster in India). The story is about how a small group of people, Animal was recruited and then included, struggling to try to sue the USA company. A bulk of the story is also around a new-coming female doctor from USA, who set up a free clinic in the town but get no trust by the people. There are some successful characters in this novel, Animal and the musician Somraj are among the best.

Basically I like the story and mostly I have a nice reading experience. The opening pages are impressive and unforgettable. But gradually and apparently it can be seen that the author tries hard to put many different elements in a single book --- in fact, to put two or even three stories in a single book, and the result is somewhat artificial to me. I am disappointed by several weak designed coincidences in the latter half of the book, and especially disappointed with the happy ending of the whole book, either in tone or story, which is too unrealistically optimistic --- if so, why bother in the very first beginning?
Animal's People is a novel based on the true story of a chemical factory explosion in Bhopal in 1984 that killed thousands and left countless others with serious medical illnesses. It was a finalist in 2007 of the Man Booker Prize. The book follows the life of "Animal," a young man whose spine was deformed as a result of his exposure the chemicals and thus has to walk on all fours. The narrative is told in a series of recorded tapes from Animal to a Western journalist, although it reads like regular prose. The book opens in the following way, "I used to be human once. So I'm told. I don't remember it myself, but the people who knew me when I was small say I walked on two feet just like a human being." What follows is in many ways Animal's journey to regain his humanity although for most of the book he embraces his nickname and renounces the notion of his humanity. When an American doctor tries to set up a clinic in his town to treat those impacted by their exposure to chemicals, Animal becomes torn between "loyalties" to a group of political activists from his town (mainly driven by his love for one of the women) and the new doctor who promises a glimmer of hope for his own medical condition.

Once I got past the profanity, I really enjoyed this book. The book is tragic in that it covers a horrible incident, describes the poverty and hopelessness in a town impacted by an industrial accident. Yet, in many ways this was a book about resilience, friendship, and love. Animal is profane and irreverent, yet it is his style that helps to lighten the book. He finds humor in his surroundings and is rarely self-pitying and always fighting to survive. In some ways the characters do come across as caricatures: the political activists, the young Western idealist doctor who has little awareness of the culture, etc. The ending seemed slightly unrealistic (overly optimistic given the context) but despite these flaws, I really enjoyed it. I loved how Animal was a flawed man who despite his early tragedy was able to bring together a group of different people and create warm and touching bonds.

Warning: There is a lot of profane language (lots of use of the c-word). This profanity is particularly prominent in the first 50 pages. It fits with the character and once you get into the book it is less bothersome but be forewarned if this will bother you.

"If you want my story, you'll have to put up with how I tell it."

"as the words pop out of my mouth they rise up in the dark, the eyes in a flash are onto them, the words start out kind of misty, like breath on a cold day, as they lift they change colours and shapes, they become pictures of things and people."

"When something big like that night happens, time divides into before and after, the before time breaks up into dreams, the dreams dissolve to darkness."

"To be trapped in an animal body is hell, if you dream of being human."

"Hope dies in places like this, because hope lives in the future and there's no future here, how can you think about tomorrow when all your strength is used up trying to get through today?"

"I am Animal fierce and free in all the world is none like me."
Incredibly upsetting in the best way. Very good book, very difficult to read in one sitting. Needed to take emotional breaks.
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Animal is a twenty-first century wild child, orphaned as a baby and forced to walk on all fours as the result of a permanently deformed spine caused by a toxic explosion that enveloped the Indian city where he was born and lived among the "kingdom of the poor" (Animal's people), with tragic consequences extending to the present, nearly two decades after that deadly night. This is his story, raw and unfiltered, lustily profane and searingly insightful, narrated into a tape recorder provided by an inquiring journalist ("jarnalis"), It is the story of what unfolds when an idealistic (or is she?) American ("Amrikan") doctor opens a free health clinic, only to be boycotted by the desperately needy but profoundly suspicious townsfolk at the instigation of a Gandhi-like (albeit a nonbelieving Muslim) anti-company ("Kampani") activist and his motley followers. Animal, so named because he is perceived as and self-identifies as less than human, a one-of-a kind animal whose nose is close to the ground, yet is capable of climbing trees to spy on Elli "the doctress" and her adversaries, is a unique and, as you might expect, preternaturally human character. He speaks in a street English all its own, mixed with Hindi (there's a glossary at the end) and even French (Animal was raised by Ma Franci, a French nun who dreams of the Apocalypse), that makes for a rich, entirely enjoyable reading experience (unless your enjoyment is spoiled by Animal's promiscuous, sometimes hilarious use of the crudest profanity). Towards the end of the book, Zafar the saintly activist, well into a hunger strike aimed to prevent the local government from selling out the victims by settling on disastrous terms a long-delayed suit against the Kampani, tells Animal, "You have understood something worthwhile, my friend, in the end the only way to deal with tragedy is to laugh at it." So it goes with this extraordinary novel, which in its Rabelaisian depiction of humanity elicits repeated laughter in the face of unspeakable tragedy. Author Indra Sinha is an alchemist, and this book deserves a much wider audience in this country. If you found humor in Slaughterhouse Five, remember fondly The Tin Drum and The Confederacy of Dunces, and were mesmerized by Cutting for Stone, A Civil Action, and Behind the Beautiful Forevers, you should read Animal's People. It's that good.
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When I started the book, it took a little while for me to get into it because of the unique dialogue format in the first few pages. After a few sessions with the book, I slowly became entwined in the story of Animal and couldn't put it down. I admit, I never knew about the disaster in India, but this novel taught me a lot about my missed history. I laughed, I cried, and I was sad to have it end.