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Animal Lovers Book Of Beastly Murder Paperback – Oct 29 2002


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: WW Norton; Reissue edition (Oct. 29 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393323668
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393323665
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 1.8 x 20.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #715,823 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Grisly and atmospheric, these are perfectly nasty little tales told by an acknowledged mistress of the form ( Little Tales of Mysogyny. Whether it's Eddie, the Capuchin monkey, annoyed at the petty thief who employs him, or Djemal, the camel, getting back at a cruel driver, Highsmith's creatures are intelligent, vengeful and bloodthirsty. Even the aged Baron, a pampered and sophisticated city dog with worn-down teeth, finds a way of settling the score with the human he dislikes. Tales are told of a truffle-hunting pig, a ferret, a goat who gives rides in an amusement park, a sleek Siamese cat, chickens raised on an automated farm and an extended family of hamstersall sympathetically, but never sentimentally, portrayed. The stories feature small worlds of animal amorality in which the sweet taste of revenge leaves no aftertaste of guilt. It's a rich offering, best sampled in small bites.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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[Highsmith] is no more a practitioner of the murder mystery genre than are Dostoevsky, Faulkner and Camus. -- Joan Smith, Los Angeles Times

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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa84b6ce4) out of 5 stars 9 reviews
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HASH(0xa84e3a20) out of 5 stars A manly crime that this book is out of print July 7 2000
By Adriana Villanueva - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Why is this book out of print? Why it's so hard to find in America the complete work of one of her finest writters? My copy of Patricia Highsmith's The Animals-lover's book of beastly murders is dated 1975, and it was a british edition. I bought it in Paris in the eighties and instantly devour it; almost twenty years later, this tales still hunt me. The Animal's lovers of beastly murder its a collection of tales of revenge of the animals against the human beings who explotes them: Rats, pigs, dogs, cats; take their turn getting even with human race. Its not only for animal's lovers, it works well with animal's haters too. I hate rats and the tale of a rat's revenge of a Venice'family , with complete work out guide for rats included, still gives me goosebumps. You might need a streak of black humor to love this book, because Patricia Highsmith doesn't write your typical horror story. But if you have read and loved her work before, you will find a manly crime that this book is out of print.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa84e3b70) out of 5 stars Furry, fluffy, deadly Aug. 20 2008
By lochnessa7 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Would your beloved cat avenge your murder? Are those adorable hamsters planning to annhilate you? Patricia Highsmith's ingenious collection of tales is fiendish good fun sure to delight any animal lover. The ultimate excersise in anthropomorphization "The Animal Lover's book of Beastly Murder" runs the gamut from darkly funny to tragic, touching and horrifying. Its enough to make you scratch your new kitten behind the ears, give man's best friend an extra treat and maybe take a second look at exactly what those ants are so busy doing in that ant farm.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa84e3eac) out of 5 stars For Animal Lovers Everywhere Sept. 2 2013
By R. Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I LOVE animals and I know the author Patricia loved them too. This book will make animal lovers smile and people who don't love animals frown. Only 1 or 2 of the stories did I feel the animal was unjust. The pig and rat stories are the unjust stories, which is a shame bc I LOVE rats and pigs. Still good stories though. I even loved the roach story. Please read, I feel like people do not know about this book and they should! Recommend to others too.
HASH(0xa84e3e94) out of 5 stars dark, dark, dark Feb. 3 2016
By Lily025 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Not for the delicate of sensibility. I can recommend this book for -- but only for -- readers who have a deep affinity for animals and an even deeper antipathy toward human beings who mistreat them. Best for readers who tend toward misanthropy, though the stories certainly do contain some decent human beings. The stories are all similar to each other in some crucial ways. What makes each story engaging and distinctive is the depth of development of the perspective of the animal (or occasionally the insect or the human being) at the heart of the story. Both because of how dark the stories are, and because of the similarities among them, I recommend not reading more than one story a day. One appreciates them more if one spaces them out a bit.
HASH(0xa84e827c) out of 5 stars Five Stars July 23 2016
By ned marshall - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Far exceeded my expectations... Amusing but not at all silly. Hard to put down


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