• Ms. Coffey

"We Are Animals" by Tim Ewins

5 out of 5 stars

Published by Lightning Books on March 2nd, 2020

250 pages

Genre: fiction


Format: ebook from author

Read in 3 days

Read in 3 sittings

Sat on TBR for 1 month


"A cow looks out to sea, dreaming of a life that involves grass.

Jan is also looking out to sea. He’s in Goa, dreaming of the passport-thief who stole his heart (and his passport) forty-six years ago. Back then, fate kept bringing them together, but lately it seems to have given up.

Jan has not. In his long search he has accidentally held a whole town at imaginary gunpoint in Soviet Russia, stalked the proprietors of an international illegal lamp-trafficking scam and done his very best to avoid any kind of work involving the packing of fish. Now he thinks if he just waits, if he just does nothing at all, maybe fate will find it easier to reunite them.

His story spans fifty-four years, ten countries, two imperfect criminals (and one rather perfect one), twenty-two different animals and an annoying teenager who just…

His story spans fifty-four years, ten countries, two imperfect criminals (and one rather perfect one), twenty-two different animals and an annoying teenager who just…

Will… Not… Leave.

But maybe an annoying teenager is exactly what Jan needs to help him find the missing thief?

Featuring a menagerie of creatures, each with its own story to tell, We Are Animals is a quirky, heart-warming tale of lost love, unlikely friendships and the certainty of fate (or lack thereof).

For the first time in her life the cow noticed the sun setting, and it was glorious." (Goodreads)


Review:

This plot is entirely unique from other books that I have read, but in a good way. It's hard to explain without spoilers, but the storytelling is quirky, original, and symbolic. (+1)


The world-building, again, it totally unique. There was not as much vivid description in this one, but when it was necessary, it was vivid and just. (+1)


The writing style is what drives this story forward with its prose and symbolic metaphors. It reminded me of GOOD OMENS and ANIMAL FARM. The whimsical writing took me on a journey that I was not expecting. (+1)


The organization is clear and I was not confused. The style takes a couple of chapters to get used to, but it didn't negatively affect my reading experience. (+1)


The characters are nothing like I've ever read before. The symbolism is stunning and creates a new perspective. (+1)


My favorite part is the symbolism.


I didn't have a least favorite part.


If you are looking from something out of the box, original, and whimsical, then you should definitely check out this book. It gave me A24 vibes throughout the whole novel.


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