In this imaginative debut, the tale of Noah's ark is brilliantly recast as a story of fate and family, set in a near-future London.
Over the course of a single night in 2052, a homeless man named Cuthbert Handley sets out on an astonishing quest: to release the animals of the London Zoo. When he was a young boy, Cuthbert's grandmother had told him he inherited a magical ability to communicate with the animal world - a gift she called the Wonderments. Ever since his older brother's death in childhood, Cuthbert has heard voices. These maddening whispers must be the Wonderments, he believes, and recently they have promised to reunite him with his lost brother and bring about the coming of a Lord of Animals...if he fulfills this curious request.
Cuthbert flickers in and out of awareness throughout his desperate pursuit. But his grand plan is not the only thing that threatens to disturb the collective unease of the city. Around him is greater turmoil as the rest of the world anxiously anticipates the rise of a suicide cult set on destroying the world's animals along with themselves.
Meanwhile Cuthbert doggedly roams the zoo, cutting open the enclosures while pressing the animals for information about his brother. Just as this unlikely yet loveable hero begins to release the animals, the cult's members flood the city's streets. Has Cuthbert succeeded in harnessing the power of the Wonderments, or has he only added to the chaos - and sealed these innocent animals' fates?
Night of the Animals is an enchanting and inventive tale that explores the boundaries of reality, the ghosts of love and trauma, and the power of redemption.
©2016 William Douglas Broun (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers
The worst book I have ever read. Usually even if I don't really like a book I can always find something about it that I enjoyed. This book had NOTHING! The main character is a crazy drug addict who has a past of abusing animals who never gets developed past that. The premise of this book is a good one, however I have never read such a poorly written book. If you are an animal lover who thinks you are going to read a book about an animal saviour in the not so distance future think again. instead you go on a muddled journey with detailed animal abuse that goes no where and has no point. Don't waste your money. I listened to end waiting hoping the writer was going to redeem the story and their self & I was sadly disappointed. I could go on and on about all of reasons this book was a waste of time but I running out of room and have wasted to much time on it as it is.
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