A Novel

eBook - 2010
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It is more than 100 years in the future and the horrors of factory farming, combined with the widespread abuse of antibiotics, have led to mass extinctions. The majority of all mammals, birds, and fish that humans have eaten for millennia no longer exist. Add to that an ever-widening gap between rich and poor and an overtaxed healthcare system. Those not fully capable the handicapped, those with birth defects and congenital illness are deemed undeserving of an equal share of scarce medical resources and are ultimately classified as less than human. As paranoia about our food supplies spreads, a forceful new logic takes hold; in the blink of a millennial eye the disenfranchised have become our food. Don LePan's powerful and compelling novel shows us a world at once eerily foreign and disturbingly familiar. It follows the Stinsons, Carrie, Zayne, and their daughter Naomi, and the dramatic events that unfold within their family after they take in an abandoned mongrel boy. In the sharp-edged poignancy of the ethical questions it poses, in the striking narrative techniques it employs, and above all, in the remarkable power of the story it tells, Animals proves itself a transformative work of fiction.
Publisher: [United States] : Soft Skull Press : Made available through hoopla, 2010.
ISBN: 9781593763657
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital


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Dec 12, 2012

This book was an absolutely beautiful, yet disturbing outlook on our human relationship with animals. It challenges our beliefs and motives as meat-eaters and truly provides a means to approach our actions in an unprecedented way. By depicting the fictional factory farming of humans, as well as the reality of animal factory farming, we are presented with a combination that beautifully encompasses the extreme, versus the the truth. Both, which in their own way, manage to question our ignorance, and ultimately, our nature as human beings.

Sep 08, 2010

I couldn't figure out what he was writing about and fell asleep. It's not my style of fiction. I did skip to the end and I appreciated the last few pages, where he states that even making small changes in our own lifestyles really does make an impact on the animals (although we should be politically engaged on the animal rights issues too).


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