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The Humans

Haig, Matt (Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Humans
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Regarding humans unfavorably upon arriving on Earth, a reluctant extraterrestrial assumes the identity of a Cambridge mathematician before realizing that there's more to the human race than he suspected.
Authors: Haig, Matt, 1975-
Title: The humans
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2013
Edition: 1st Simon & Schuster hbk. ed
Characteristics: xiii, 282 p. ; 24 cm
Notes: "Originally published in Great Britain in 2013 by Canongate Books"--Title page verso
Summary: Regarding humans unfavorably upon arriving on Earth, a reluctant extraterrestrial assumes the identity of a Cambridge mathematician before realizing that there's more to the human race than he suspected.
ISBN: 1476727910
9781476727912
1476730598
9781476730592
1476727929
9781476727929
Branch Call Number: FICTION Hai
Statement of Responsibility: Matt Haig
Subject Headings: Humorous stories Impersonation Fiction Mathematicians Fiction Extraterrestrial beings Fiction
Genre/Form: Science fiction
Topical Term: Humorous stories
Impersonation
Mathematicians
Extraterrestrial beings
LCCN: 2013003203
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Regarding humans unfavorably upon arriving on Earth, a reluctant extraterrestrial assumes the identity of a Cambridge mathematician before realizing that there's more to the human race than he suspected.


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A very insightful novel. A must read, especially on days when you wonder why you are on the planet Earth. Definitely makes you question why we do things the way we do.

Feb 09, 2014
  • kesha1123 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The absolute smartest novel I have ever read. I thoroughly enjoyed the alien description of common human practices. That viewpoint from the outside looking in is poignant and enlightening. I was floored by the idiosyncrasies that we overlook like wardrobe, diet, or morals. When it's all said and done despite the countless flaws of humanity, man's existence is rivaled by none. The Alien's list for Gulliver was awe-inspiring.

Jan 28, 2014
  • cheadlebeagle rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is a wonderful book. It is funny and quite poignant and moving at times. I really enjoyed it and look forward to reading some of his other books.

Nov 20, 2013
  • claireswazey rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Excellent novel. I've always been a fan of the flipped perspective plot. I thought the character was engaging and his changes of heart and evolution as and into a human being were well told.

Nov 02, 2013
  • BlueHippo rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Very engaging. I read it in one day. Well written and bitter-sweet look at life as a human.

Sep 13, 2013
  • jtkretzschmar rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Quick, fun read after two fairly intensive novels. I found a few parts near the end unnecessary for the plot. I really enjoyed the 97 pieces of advice that he wrote for Gulliver, I almost want to print them off, and frame them.

Aug 30, 2013
  • 6ATE4are rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is an excellent book. It is humorous, meaningful and astute. I can't recommend it highly enough.

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