by Indra Sinha - £7.99 Simon & Schuster Ltd (Pocket Books) (2008)
paperback ISBN 13: 9781416526278 | ISBN 10: 1416526277
'I used to be human once. So I'm told. I don't remember it myself, but people who knew me when small say I walked on two feet just like a human being.....'
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 fantasizing about Nisha , the daughter of a local musician, and wondering what it must by 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.
Compelling 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.
(Price & availability last checked: June 2018)
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