We the Animals
An exquisite, blistering debut novel. Three brothers tear their way through childhood— smashing tomatoes all over each other, building kites from trash, hiding out when their parents do battle, tiptoeing around the house as their mother sleeps off her graveyard shift. Paps and Ma are from... show more
An exquisite, blistering debut novel. Three brothers tear their way through childhood— smashing tomatoes all over each other, building kites from trash, hiding out when their parents do battle, tiptoeing around the house as their mother sleeps off her graveyard shift. Paps and Ma are from Brooklyn—he’s Puerto Rican, she’s white—and their love is a serious, dangerous thing that makes and unmakes a family many times. Life in this family is fierce and absorbing, full of chaos and heartbreak and the euphoria of belonging completely to one another. From the intense familial unity felt by a child to the profound alienation he endures as he begins to see the world, this beautiful novel reinvents the coming-of-age story in a way that is sly and punch-in-the-stomach powerful. Written in magical language with unforgettable images, this is a stunning exploration of the viscerally charged landscape of growing up, how deeply we are formed by our earliest bonds, and how we are ultimately propelled at escape velocity toward our futures.
Publish date: August 30th 2011
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Pages no: 125
Edition language: English
At a spare 125 pages, this novella tells the story of three boys growing up in rural New York. Their is father a Puerto Rican who is hard and sometimes cruel to both the boys and their mother. Their mother who was only a child herself when she gave birth to each of the, is desperately lonely and can...
We the Animals is a story of three "half-breed" (white/Puerto Rican) brothers that grow up in a poor family in upstate New York.It's the story of dealing with their mother and father through their tumultuous marriage and abusive household, while showcasing the relationships both in good and bad ligh...
Pros:--Beautiful writing. Just gorgeous.--Each chapter is its own story; each can stand alone--It's a very quick readCons:--The standalone nature of the chapters precludes a cohesive, linear narrative. We're given snapshots only, leading to a somewhat disjointed story with an unclear timeline.--The ...
Very well written and worth the read. Loved the fact that Torres allowed readers to explore the spaces between the words rather than filling it with the dribble that most pub houses require to build word count.
Yes, it's well written. But I was conscious all the time that I was reading A Work of Art—that the story of these three boys growing up had been filtered and refined retrospectively by the eye, ear, and pen of the youngest, the "I" at the core of its largely first-person-plural narration. There's no...