Karen Valby
February 29, 2008 AT 05:00 AM EST

Animal's People

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Indra Sinha
genre
Fiction

We gave it a B+

Shortlisted for 2007’s Man Booker Prize, Indra Sinha’s second novel, Animal’s People, describes the chaotic life in a modern-day Bhopal slum. Animal, a man with a ruined spine who darts up alleys on all fours and begs for food like a dog, is our spirited guide to a neighborhood reeling from the 1984 Bhopal industrial disaster and the aftermath of corruption. Though he introduces so many characters that not all of them come fully alive, Sinha takes us into a wildly unfamiliar world — there’s a seven-page glossary covering local slang — and Animal is about as delightfully ? human a narrator as one could hope to find. B+

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