Thursday, October 05, 2017

Top ten human-animal relationships in literature

Henrietta Rose-Innes is a South African author of four novels and a short-story collection, and a contributing editor at the Johannesburg Review of Books. Her novel Nineveh was published in the UK and US in 2016, and Green Lion will appear in the UK in 2017. Both books were shortlisted for the Sunday Times Fiction Prize, South Africa’s most prestigious literary award.

One of the author's ten top human-animal relationships in literature, as shared at the Guardian:
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

Two sisters raised together, one human, one not so much … Despite a wacky-sounding premise, this is a convincing, profound and heartbreaking tale that ranges widely over big themes: love, loyalty, betrayal, animal experimentation, the nature of family and of being human. Rosemary, the all-too-human narrator, is wisecracking and endearingly messed-up, plagued by guilt and complex sadness over losing her charismatic imp of a chimp sister.
Read about another entry on the list.

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves is among Frans de Waal's top ten books about intelligent animals.

--Marshal Zeringue