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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd; First Edition edition (5 Mar 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743259203
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743259200
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 23.4 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 456,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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'.....But now Jaanvar - Animal - walks on all fours, the catastrophic result of what happened on That Night when, thanks to an American chemical company, the Apocalypse visited his slums. He lives a hand-to-mouth existence, with a crazy old nun called Ma Franci; Nisha, the daughter of a local musician; and his dog Jara. Each of them had their lives irreversibly changed on That Night.
When a young American doctor called Elli Barber comes to town, she intends to set up a clinic to treat the lingering consequences of that dreadful event. But how can she persuade these people who have been so harmed by foreigners that she isn't there to do the same? How can she heal the wounds that lie underneath the skin? How can she win over Animal and his people? --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Indra Sinha was born in India and spent his childhood in Bombay and the hills of the Western Ghats. His work of non-fiction, THE CYBERGYPSIES, met with widespread critical acclaim. He lives in Sussex.

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Gordon Eldridge on 8 Feb 2008
Format: Paperback
The central character, who is also the narrator of this story, is the force which gives the novel its incredible emotional power. Animal, so named because his twisted back forces him must walk on all fours, was the victim of a toxic gas leak from a foreign-owned company in the Indian town of Khaufpur. Animal is crass, obsessed with sex and self-interested enough to slip drugs into a love rival's drinks. Despite this he is an earthy, funny, self-aware and thoroughly likeable character and a brutally honest narrator.

It is perhaps not possible for someone who has not lived through such horrors to truly understand what it must be like for those who have, but getting to know Animal allows us to come as close as we are likely to get. Animal's dealings with the foreign `doctress' Elli also give us a window of understanding that opens onto the chasm that divides most readers from Animal's world, not just because we have not experienced the kind of atrocity he has, but because we are affluent and privileged.

This is a book about cynical exploitation by big business of the situation in less affluent countries. It is about the corruption that hampers the fight for justice and compensation for the victims and it is about the lack of any true understanding by outsiders of the real plight of those who live in `the kingdom of the poor'. It is also a book which brings all this alive in a very visceral way. Noone could be left untouched after reading this novel.
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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful By MisterHobgoblin TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Aug 2007
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Animal's People is a grand novel, combining the epic with the personal.

On the epic scale, we have the fight of the victims of an explosion in a poison factory to seek their justice through the corrupt court system in India. And on the personal level, we have the individual drama of the victims as they seek to live their lives and love their loves in the shadow of the factory, coping with their various forms of damage.

The setting for the novel, Khaufpur, is a thinly disguised representation of Bhopal, which did suffer a chemical factory tragedy in 1984. The star of the novel is Animal, a child whose bones warped in the chemical fire and now walks on all fours. Animal has an engaging personality, a huge bundle of hope, a libido that is out of control, and a rather irritating style of syntax. Having grown up under the protection of Ma Franci, a French nun, he is taken under the wing of Zafar and Nisha, who run the campaign for justice. Animal falls madly in live with Nisha, but knows that Nisha will choose Zafar over him because of his deformity. Much of Animal's life is spent, then, wishing he could walk upright because then he might have more chance with women.

Then, the campaign for justice scores a hit as a court is willing, 20 years on, to consider seizing the assets of the "Kampani" if it doesn't come to court to answer charges relating to the poisoning. But this is set against a backdrop of political scheming and corruption, apparently led by the Chief Minister himself. A doctress then arrives in Khaufpur, Elli Barber, to run a free clinic for people suffering the after-effects of the poison. Elli-doctress finds things hard going as the town tries to decide whether to trust her.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Gordon Eldridge on 12 Feb 2008
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The central character, who is also the narrator of this story, is the force which gives the novel its incredible emotional power. Animal, so named because his twisted back forces him must walk on all fours, was the victim of a toxic gas leak from a foreign-owned company in the Indian town of Khaufpur. Animal is crass, obsessed with sex and self-interested enough to slip drugs into a love rival's drinks. Despite this he is an earthy, funny, self-aware and thoroughly likeable character and a brutally honest narrator.

It is perhaps not possible for someone who has not lived through such horrors to truly understand what it must be like for those who have, but getting to know Animal allows us to come as close as we are likely to get. Animal's dealings with the foreign `doctress' Elli also give us a window of understanding that opens onto the chasm that divides most readers from Animal's world, not just because we have not experienced the kind of atrocity he has, but because we are affluent and privileged.

This is a book about cynical exploitation by big business of the situation in less affluent countries. It is about the corruption that hampers the fight for justice and compensation for the victims and it is about the lack of any true understanding by outsiders of the real plight of those who live in `the kingdom of the poor'. It is also a book which brings all this alive in a very visceral way. Noone could be left untouched after reading this novel.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By BookWorm TOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 Feb 2008
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This is one of those stories that grows on the reader, the second half being stronger than the first. It's set in a fictional Indian city where a Bhopal-like chemical factory accident killed and maimed thousands of inhabitants. The narrator is 'Animal', a young man crippled and orphaned by the disaster, who walks on all fours and lives in abject poverty. The story is concerned with the continuing struggle of the still-suffering cityfolk for compensation from the American company that owned the factory.

The story is written in Animal's distinctive 'voice', including phrases of Hindi and French (usually translated), missprounced English, and frequent swearing. It took quite a while to get used to and at first I found it rather annoying and pretentious, and the swearing unneccessary and gratuitous, but this feeling lessened as the story progressed and I got more involved with the characters and situations. There's also a tendancy for the verb to be put at the end of the sentence. Very annoying, it's. What I mean, see?

The characters are strong and interesting, particularly Animal. The American doctor, Elli Barber, I found a bit unbelievable at times - she speaks perfect Hindi, just happens to have been married to one of the Company's cheif lawyers, raises all the money for her clinic herself... I preferred the other characters, who seemed more 'real' to me.

The writing is engaging and, towards the end, very gripping. There are some weaker sections but its unusual style keeps it entertaining. It depicts one of the most vivid pictures of India that I have ever read, particularly that of its poorest inhabitants.
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