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What I Don't Know About Animals

What I Don't Know About Animals

Book - 2011
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What does novelist, essayist, and memoirist Jenny Diski know about animals? She wasn't really sure as she began to write this book, and she may not be sure now. But of this she is certain: our relationships with, and attitudes toward, animals are really worth thinking about. In What I Don't Know About Animals , she shows why.

Diski sets out on her wide-ranging investigation by remembering the stuffed cuddly creatures from her childhood, the animal books she read, the cartoons she watched, the strays she found. She considers the animals who have lived and still live with her (most especially Bunty the cat), animals she has encountered close up, and those she has feared. She examines human beings, too, and how they have looked at, studied, treated, and written about the non-human creatures of our shared planet. Ranging still further, the author interviews scientists, discusses Derrida and his cat, and observes elephants in Kenya, always seeking the key to the complex relationship we in the modern West have with animals.

Subtle, intelligent, and always engaging, this book is a brilliant exploration of what it means to be human and what it means to be animal, and the uncertainty of what we can know about either.

Publisher: New Haven [Conn.] :, Yale University Press,, 2011.
ISBN: 9780300176841
Branch Call Number: 304.27 DI
Characteristics: 312 pages ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Yale University Press


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Aug 31, 2017

Boring and self important, I cannot see any value there and a book entitled what she doesn't know should have many volumes. Cute baby lambs on cover from there it is all downhill from there.


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