"At once playful, pitiless, and moving, ANIMAL'S PEOPLE stands as a testament to the courage and resiliance of India's poor....Glorious."
"[ANIMAL'S PEOPLE has] a glorious sense of humour and, in the second half, a shattering punch....[Indra] Sinha's lyrical story touches on universal truths about suffering and resilience."
Short-listed for the Man Booker Prize, this darkly magical novel tells the story of an Indian boy so damaged by a chemical spill from an American factory that he walks on his hands and knees and has rejected his human identity. However, through the influence of his "people," the disenfranchised and outcasts of Indian society, he begins to find a path back to friendship, humanity, and love.
Chronicles the relationship between Animal, an extraordinary street boy forced to go about on all fours after his back is twisted beyond repair during the devastating chemical plant accident in Bhopal, India, and Elli Barber, the young American doctor who has come to the area to open a free clinic for the suffering inhabitants of the region. 40,000 first printing.
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