The old men at the zoo

by Angus Wilson

Hardcover, 1961


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New York, Viking Press, 1961.


Set in a near future (the novel was first published in 1961 and is set in the period 1970-73), this is Angus Wilson's most allegorical novel, about a doomed attempt to set up a reserve for wild animals. Simon Carter, secretary of the London Zoo, has accepted responsibility and power to the prejudice of his gifts as a naturalist. But power is more than just the complicated game played by the old men at the zoo in the satirical first half of this novel: it lies very near to violence, and in the second half real life inexorably turns to fantasy-the fantasy of war.

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LibraryThing member dbsovereign
Angus Wilson is a master a capturing people in a very natural way. Real but surreal.


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