This review is a part of Product Talk by Nuffnang
I used to be an avid reader… before kids. When I had more time throughout the day to just sit and read, without distraction.
Now, I reserve my book reading to bedtime, just before lights out. I find it a good way to just forget the drama of the day and live someone else’s life for a little while. Know what I mean?
This past week, I was sent “Animal People” to read and review here on my blog. Animal People is a novel written by Charlotte Wood.
The whole book is set during one day in the life of the main character, Stephen Connolly. Yes, you read that right. One day makes up the whole book. But oh, what a day!
It starts with a call from his mother, which just sets his day off to a bad start. Dealing with his neighbours who treat the homeless like junk but dote on their dog. Winding his way through the local shopping centre to get his morning coffee and dealing with the strange locals from his neighbourhood. Dealing with traffic and junkies – in that order. He says awkward things at awkward times and wears the wrong clothes which are a source of fun from his associates.
Team building exercises at work, dealing with his work mate’s change of attitude and promotion, and the heat… the exhausting, oppressive, sweaty heat. And I think I’ve only covered up to lunch time… it gets better in the afternoon.
To be honest, I didn’t take to the book straight away and found it a little boring – but I persisted and by the halfway point, I couldn’t put it down. Stephen’s day just goes from bad to worse and you feel for him. You really do.
Charlotte Wood is a brilliant Australian writer, who I’d never heard of before “Animal People”, but will look for, in future.
I have a copy of Animal People to give away to one lucky reader.
To enter, just leave me a comment telling me:
If you could have any animal as a pet, what would you choose and why?
I think I’d go with a Golden Headed Lion Tamarin. This is ‘Otto’ at the Bronx zoo. Isn’t he the cutest??
The giveaway is open until midday, Monday 28 November 2011 AEST.
Open to Australian residents only.