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The Big Idea: Lauren Beukes - Zoo City
As for my thoughts about the book:
One of the things I found most interesting was the setting, particularly as I now have a South African colleague, who has been telling me a little about Jo'burg and how it differs both to Europe and to China.
The concept of the animals reminds me a little of Phillip Pullman's daemons in His Dark Materials, though there the animal forms become fixed at puberty, whereas in Zoo City they only appear after a crime has been committed. But there is a similar idea of guilt, maybe?
stripycat did not like it! LOL She liked the concept of the Zoos, but couldn't relate to the characters and didn't like the plot. Ah well...
To be honest it felt like a big idea story that had some characters grafted in to pass on this cool idea that the author had to tell. I get why it got so much praise from some people, the big idea is good, but it didn't engage me, I was left cold at the end.
I'm not sorry I read it, there were moments when it made me think and want to riff off it and play with some of the concepts. There were also pieces and vignettes that made me stop and think but overall it didn't work for me. I may have to check with my nephew and see if he read it and if not get him a present of it.
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