The Animal-Lover’s Book of Beastly Murder by Patricia Highsmith

09Apr07

I recently read Highsmith’s novel The Price of Salt and I was blown away. Her prose is so simple, clear, and direct, but the things she writes about…. Oof; The Price of Salt is about lesbians in New York City in the 1940s, and The Animal-Lover’s Book of Beastly Murder is about animals getting revenge on the people who treat them badly. Yes, you read that correctly.

I had read somewhere (I think on Amazon) that this book was very dense, so I should read one or two stories at a time. I think what that reviewer meant was that this book is rich; each story leaves you breathless, slightly scared or grossed out, and wanting to read more. Maybe don’t read this book while eating lunch.

In no particular order, the stories are about ferrets, rats, cats, dogs, hamsters, camels, cockroaches, goats, horses, monkeys, elephants, and chickens. You will find a character here to identify with and cheer for, even if they are eating someone’s face off or trampling someone to death. I think the great part about all of these stories is that it is guaranteed that a human will die at the end of each one. Because of that, you go into the stories with a sense of doom and foreboding… you are just waiting for a dastardly, mean human to get it. And get it they do; strange, strange deaths lie in this book. Also, a lot of squished kittens.

This is a must-read for vegans, vegetarians, and anyone who likes animals. What a cool idea for a book.

****1/2

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One Response to “The Animal-Lover’s Book of Beastly Murder by Patricia Highsmith”

  1. 1 Tricia

    Interesting to know.


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