Last night I curled up into bed with my "smart technology", E reader/iPad/Kindle...
Doesn't have the same ring to it does it?
Lets try again.
Last night I curled up into bed with a book. A real life, paper pages, ink words book.
There is something comforting about reading a good book. The smell of the pages. A new book with the fresh crisp pages like clean linen, or a well loved book that you found amongst the dust in a second hand bookstore, with yellowing pages that have been turned many times before, and words that have had affairs with eyes before they met yours.
Drifting you away to another place, introducing you to people unknown.
Animal People by Charlotte Wood did just this for me.
With her amazing abundance of descriptive words I was instantly transported to urban life. I could almost feel the warmth. The film of sweat on my body.
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Animal People follows Stephen, a character from Wood's previous novel 'The Children' through a day. A single day filled with twists and turns that have you hanging at each corner.
The story of Stephen, with a goal for the day, to break up with his girlfriend, Fiona.
Throughout the course of the day, however, he finds himself doing some pretty major soul searching, without even knowing it.
I found Stephens human/animal comparisons fascinating, and truly loved exploring each layer of the story, of Stephen's thinking, as each element of his day, and himself, unfolded. It has left me wondering of my own 'animal people' status.
Charlotte Wood's love and passion that has been put into these characters leaves you knowing them, understanding them, connected to them in a way. I found myself really rooting for Fiona, hoping that Stephen would change his mind, not go through with the break up, yet at the same time I was feeling really sorry for Stephen, especially when he shows completely other side of himself, the softness under his complexities.
The way the words are written, the story is weaved, is a true art, and I think it's a story that I could read many times, and still walk away with a different feeling. A different meaning. A new understanding of something that I missed before.
If you have not read 'The Children' don't be turned off Animal People. It is my first 'Wood' novel also, and I adored it!
And the best part? You have a chance to adore it too! As I have a copy to give away!
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Entries will be drawn by Random.org, or one of my blonde minions, sometime on the 23rd of November.
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