Animal's People by Indra Sinha
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"I used to be human once. So I'm told. 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..."

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. His nights are spent fantasizing about Nisha, the girlfriend of the local resistance leader, and wondering what it must be like to get laid.

When Elli Barber, a young American doctor, arrives in Khaufpur 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 gets caught up in a web of intrigues, scams, and plots with the unabashed aim of turning events to his own advantage.

Profane, piercingly honest, and scathingly funny, Animal's People illuminates a dark world shot through with flashes of joy and lunacy. A stunning tale of an unforgettable character, it is an unflinching look at what it means to be human: the wounds that never heal and a spirit that will not be quenched.
 

About Indra Sinha

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Indra Sinha was born in India. His work of non-fiction, The Cybergypsies, and his first novel, The Death of Mr Love, met with widespread critical acclaim. He lives in France.
 
Published March 4, 2008 by Simon & Schuster. 400 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Khaufpur — and its very convincing Web site — is the creation of Indra Sinha, a former advertising copywriter, who uses it as a stand-in for Bhopal, the site of one of the worst industrial accidents in history, the 1984 gas leak from a Union Carbide chemical plant that caused the deaths of thousa...

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The Guardian

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Indra Sinha wrote one novel before Animal's People, but it didn't quite set the Amazon bestseller list on fire.

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The Guardian

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Animal's People by Indra Sinha 366pp, Simon & Schuster, £11.99 How do you write a novel about a world in which unspeakable horror is not the climax, but the air which each character must breathe on every page?

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Publishers Weekly

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Orphaned Bhopal slum resident Animal, who “used to be human” before an industrial chemical accident left his bones “twisted like a hairpin,” narrates in a rich argot this tense and absorbing Brit import, shortlisted for the Booker in 2007.

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AV Club

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The first half of Animal's People is a rambling account of Animal's dealings with the resistance and his more down-to-earth relationships with local merchants and beggars, and while some plot threads are effective—like the conflict of an American doctor trying to bring aid to people well-sch...

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The Bookbag

If you've any compassion at all, and assuming you're not already involved in the global campaign for justice, it will also raise a little shame, and not a little anger.

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San Francisco Chronicle

At first, Animal, the poor, crippled narrator of Indra Sinha's Booker-short-listed novel "Animal's People," simply refuses to tell his tragic story.

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Sensing Elli?s effort is a Trojan horse led by the Kampani to gather medical data on the victims in order to argue in court against their claims, Zafar enlists the crafty Animal to help spy on the clinic and its operator (according to Animal, he is an expert at "jamisponding";

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