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The God of Animals: A Novel by Aryn Kyle
The God of Animals: A Novel

patresa1, June 18, 2008

Such a wonderful book. A beautiful -- but harsh -- story about a wise and practical young girl making sense of the brutalities of the world as they are demonstrated in the business of and those involved with breaking and boarding horses.

I'm so impressed with this author. Character development was dead on. I loved that each of the characters evolved and displayed layers. Kyle did not rely on 1-dimensional archetypes to carry her story. Alice, her father, her sister, Mr. Delmar, the women who board at the ranch, Sheila who trains... they all had great range and depth -- heartbending human-ness -- beautifully scripted in the plain subtleties of Kyle's writing.

I highly recommend this book. But I will warn animal lovers that there are scenes that are very difficult to get through. It was not gratuitous, however. Every element of the story was carefully crafted into the storyline, the landscape, and the overarching philosophical/spiritual themes (as I perceived them to be, anyway).

Really fantastic read.
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