Beautiful Animals

Beautiful Animals

A Novel

eBook - 2017
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"On a summer break on the Greek island of Hydra, two girls make a startling discovery: a young Arab man washed up on shore, a migrant from Syria and a casualty of the crisis raging against across the sea. When a simple plan to help the stranger goes horrifically wrong, all must face the consequences they have set in motion"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Hogarth, [2017]
Edition: First United States edition
ISBN: 9780553447385
Branch Call Number: FICTION Osb
Description: 1 online resource (287 pages)
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Jul 23, 2018

I found this really suspenseful & enjoyed the travelogue that comes with the story. A kind of nightmare is conjured out of a chance encounter with pivotal character Naomi... It’s all told with an expert eye.

Apr 11, 2018

Highly reminiscent of Patricia Highsmith's Tom Ripley novels: young, amoral characters creating mayhem in a Mediterranean paradise (and getting away with causing considerable damage) - the contemporary twist being the Syrian refugee crisis. I absolutely loved the "travelogue" aspect, the sense of what it is like to taste the food and libations and walk and swim and breath the air and talk to the locals. The plot, though, was rather predictable, and I was disappointed that we did not get more detail on Faoud's backstory, to explain why he would agree to be involved in such a reckless scheme - though this raises the intriguing question of whether his actions are intentional from the beginning? The author/narrator seems to have a jaundiced view of all of his characters, so it's hard to feel sympathy for anyone. But I admired the writing enough to consider reading more of Osborne's work.

ArapahoeLesley Oct 29, 2017

Like The Forgiven, this novel confronts the moral depravity of it's characters. Unfortunately the characters don't end up with much depth but I think that serves to show the possible every day nature of all people and the horrors that we can all justify to ourselves. Very interesting but pretty slow. I will continue to read Lawrence Osborne because his place description is amazing and I like his examination of morality.

Aug 08, 2017

Hydra is a most beautiful and dark paradise when a leftist young English attorney launches a plot against her atrocious millionaire father and stepmother to help a hiding migrant. Traditional style and raw splendor portray today's dilemmas as old as civilization.

Aug 02, 2017

Perhaps it's a daring beach read since the story takes place one summer in Greece. The reader follows two girls who met and formed a relationship, spent time wandering the island, and came upon a refugee with no identity whom they decided to help. What happens next takes us in and out of wondering like the waves reaching to the sandy windswept shore. Nice literary journey.


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