The Body of the Beasts

The Body of the Beasts

Book - 2019
Rate this:
"Reminiscent of Gaétan Soucy's The Little Girl Who Was Too Fond of Matches and William Golding's Lord of the Flies, Audrée Wilhelmy's The Body of the Beasts is a startling, gorgeously written novel that tells the story of the Boryas family, who mind a lighthouse and live in isolation until their lives are altered when young Noé arrives in Sitjaq after fifteen years of wandering. Her dresses are torn, her manners are savage. Noé marries into the family and bears seven children that she leaves to the care of Sevastien-Benedikt, an elder and kind of giant on whose hunting and gathering the family depends. Noé then moves into a cabin on her own and covers the walls with drawings that explain her mysterious life. The extended family's curious and enthralling descent into a weirdly carnal, primal existence reaches its disturbing, singular apogee in the revelatory life of twelve-year-old Mie, one of Noé's daughters, who is able to borrow at will the body of mammals, birds, fish, and insects. Her shape-shifting allows her to know the world, but only to a point. When her awakening body starts to intrigue her, she shamelessly asks her uncle Osip to show her "how humans do sex," something she has as yet only briefly experienced through the animals whose bodies she has borrowed. The Body of the Beasts is a tour de force, driven by uninhibited and sensuous writing, a book that explores an aspect of the human condition too often ignored - our animal nature."--
Publisher: Toronto : Arachnide, ♭2019.
ISBN: 9781487006105
1487006101
Characteristics: 185 pages ;,21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Ouriou, Susan - Translator

Opinion

From the critics


Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment

There are no comments for this title yet.

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.

Summary

Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.

Notices

Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Quotes

Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Recommendations

Subject Headings

  Loading...

Find it at Library

  Loading...
[]
[]
To Top