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All Decent Animals

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Oonya Kempadoo's moving third novel, All Decent Animals, looks at the personal and aesthetic choices of a multifaceted cast of characters on the island of Trinidad - a country still developing economically but rich culturally, aiming at "world-class" status amid its poor island cousins. It is a novel about relationships, examined through the distinct rhythms of the city of Port of Spain. Loyalties, love, conflicting cultures, and creativity come into play as Ata, a young woman working in carnival design but curious about writing, and her European boyfriend, Pierre, negotiate the care of their friend Fraser, a closeted gay man dying from AIDS. The contradictory Trinidadian setting becomes a parallel character to Fraser's Cambridge-derived artistic sensibility and an antagonist to Ata's creative journey. All Decent Animals is a forthright inquiry into the complexity of character, social issues,and island society, with all the island's humor, mysticism, and tragedy.

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ISBN: 9780374299712
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
Language: English
Page Count: 260
Size: 8.60" l x 5.79" w x 0.98"
Series: N/A

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Fiction Literary