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    DescriptionA novel of confusion and paranoia, love and doubt, fear and hysteria: unsettling, unhinged, provocative and bestially funny, 'Animals' is for human beings everywhere. Keith Ridgway's third novel is a psychological menagerie of confusion, paranoia, searching and love. Narrated by an illustrator who can no longer draw, it tells of the sudden and inexplicable collapse of a private life, and the subsequent stubborn search for a place from which to take stock. We are surrounded here - by unsafe or haunted buildings, by artists and capitalists who flirt with terror, by writers and actresses and the deals they have made with unreality, and by the artificial, utterly constructed, scripted city in which we have agreed to live out a version of living. But there are cracks in the facade, and there are stirrings under the floorboards, and there are animals everywhere you look, if only you'd dare to look for them. Unsettling, unhinged, provocative and richly funny, 'Animals' is for human beings everywhere.


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    Title
    Animals
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Keith Ridgway
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 256
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 197 mm
    Thickness: 17 mm
    Weight: 185 g
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780007213320
    ISBN 10: 0007213328
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    DC22: 823.914
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    BISAC V2.8: FIC000000
    Thema V1.0: FBA
    Publisher
    HarperCollins Publishers
    Imprint name
    HarperPerennial
    Publication date
    05 March 2007
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Keith Ridgway is the author of 'The Long Falling' which won both the 2001 Prix Femina Etranger and Premier Roman Etranger. His collection of stories 'Standard Time' was published in 2001, when he won the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature. His second novel, 'The Parts', was published in 2003 (alongside his novella 'Horses') and was shortlisted for the Irish Book of the Year 2003 and published in France, Spain, Holland and the USA. He lives in north London.
    Review quote
    '"Animals" is both a very funny and surprising inspection of the detail of modern life, and an affecting prortait of a man trying to make sense of it.' Independent on Sunday '...the almost stream of consciousness deluge of paranoia and urban myth made real that constitute his recollection of these events is darkly, grimly hilarious...deeply unsettling but utterly absorbing.' Metro 'It's a measure of Keith Ridgway's stylistic gift that with so little concrete action he manages to sustain a mood of brooding anticipation throughout. The first chapter is one of the most head-tighteningly suspenseful pieces of writing I've read in years...Like Beckett, Ridgeway knows the humour in pathos and the pathos in humour...it haunts the reader, insisting that he thinks a little more, be a little more cautious, look a little deeper. To read it, in fact, is to find oneself a little more naked in the world.' Daily Telegraph 'He turns people inside out, detailing their quirks and vulnerabilities with engaging perceptiveness...a concatenation of anecdotes and dream revelations...unnerving in their odd accuracy.' The Times '...a bold attempt to convey the fluctuations of a damaged mind.' Guardian 'Showing the disintegration of a subject is not an easy task but Ridgway pulls it off. This is not an easy or comforting read but, surrounded by ease and comfort as we are, it is all the more crucial for that.' The Scotsman