Animal Crackers

Animal Crackers A zoo worker cautiously washing down Marysue the elephant considers the strange grim fragments he s heard of his co workers lives Giraffes demand better living conditions and stage a mock group sui

  • Title: Animal Crackers
  • Author: Hannah Tinti
  • ISBN: 9780755307456
  • Page: 334
  • Format: Paperback
  • Animal Crackers

    A zoo worker, cautiously washing down Marysue the elephant, considers the strange, grim fragments he s heard of his co workers lives Giraffes demand better living conditions and stage a mock group suicide A girl escapes her repressive finishing school to find freedom with the monkeys in the African jungle Snake or dog, buffalo, cat or turkey, each animal in Hannah TintA zoo worker, cautiously washing down Marysue the elephant, considers the strange, grim fragments he s heard of his co workers lives Giraffes demand better living conditions and stage a mock group suicide A girl escapes her repressive finishing school to find freedom with the monkeys in the African jungle Snake or dog, buffalo, cat or turkey, each animal in Hannah Tinti s brilliant, darkly comic collection holds up a disturbing mirror to the human beings around it.

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    1. C.J. Maughan

      I. Loved. This. Book! It's a book of short stories all having something to do with animals in some way, shape or form. Fair warning, the stories can border on dark and often sweep right over the edge of that line (which I personally love, but I'm aware it isn't everyone's cup of tea), but I think that's what makes the stories great. The stories take turns that I didn't see coming and had me completely enthralled. I couldn't put it down. The characters are real without being overwrought and with [...]

    2. Sara

      This book was hard for me-- I admit I only read the first five or six stories and then returned it to the library. The writing is excellent and unusual but every story involves a gruesome death, either human or animal, and I was having nightmares. (It didn't help that I was reading a story before going to bed.)Doesn't it seem like stories are much more likely to be disturbing than novels? Once you're in a novel, you have some expectation of whether, in the next 25 pages, something will occur tha [...]

    3. Editrix (Amy Lewis)

      I wanted to like this more than I did. I found the characters and stories flat and unappealing, and while I'm not terribly squeamish, some of the callous violence (especially toward animals) was repulsive and (at times) gratuitous.The only humorous bit was the list of demands from three giraffes to their zookeeper. I kept hoping for more of the wit and humor promised on the book's back cover, but none of the "humour beneath our darkest impulses" was apparent to me.The Author's Note following the [...]

    4. Glendaliz Camacho

      I love this collection. As a writer, Tinti had me rereading, looking for the seams and asking how did she do that? Highly imaginative stories with moments of discomfort where I had to put the book down (Slim's Last Ride! Goodness) and just an authoritative handling that I totally submitted to.

    5. Lisa

      This is difficult to rate, because it's very good but I didn't like it. It's an extremely uncomfortable read. The stories are all meant to be ominous and trigger a certain sense of dread and discomfort that only grows as you progress through the pages, but that you can't quite put your finger on. So, in that sense, all these stories are very well crafted. If that description appeals to you, then this is your type of book. I just didn't find them very enjoyable. There are three exceptions to this [...]

    6. Emily

      This was a really strange read for me. Tinti's writing is undeniably captivating, but I had a really, really hard time stomaching the gore/gruesome animal deaths. I really enjoyed the first three or four stories, but after that I found myself just waiting for it to end.

    7. Courtney Johnson

      I was thoroughly disappointed in this book. The back promised the stories were, "original and funny" but I thought gruesome and lackluster were more like it. I hated reading about the unnecessary deaths and cruelty of animals. I would not read this book again.

    8. Carly

      The writing of this book was very good, but the gruesomeness was too much, and I wasn't able to finish the last few short stories. A death of human or animal was the ending of all the stories I read, and despite the good variety of stories and settings, the deaths turned me off.

    9. Kyrie

      Well, that was disturbing. I'd give it four stars for writing - I kept reading, the words drew me in.I'd give it two for subject matter - the crazy kids in particular made me uptight, and the poor animals. Would I recommend it? No. Would I read something else by this author? Yes, in hopes it wasn't as upsetting, because she really does have a way with telling a story.

    10. Jesse Rose

      I first read this book sometime around 2006-2007, right about when i was in eighth grade. Is this an appropriate choice of book for a 14-15 year old to be reading? Probably not. But I did and there were certain images that stayed with me since then. Fast forward to having read it when I'm 25 and i'm still just as impressed with the stories, maybe even more so now that I understand them a little better.

    11. Joyce

      When reading the acknowledgments at the back (and this means I must like a book, for me to read the acknowledgments), I saw A.M. Homes included in Tinti's list of teachers and I thought, "OF COURSE. I EFFIN LOVE A.M. HOMES." There's a lightly grim touch to all the stories in this collection, the very best of which ("Animal Crackers," "Talk Turkey") leave emotional contusions to go along with the quick cuts. 1.) "Animal Crackers" - a worthy title story and the most fully realized in terms of anim [...]

    12. Aaron

      The book is a collection of stories by an incredibly talented writer. These eleven stories ostensibly center around a consistent theme: animals becoming a litmus test of sorts for human fears and longings. The writer herself is quite talented. But a second reading revealed that she might use six-degrees-of-separation tricks among her characters a little too often. She also has a tendency to cheat a little with her theme. A few of these stories don't seem to use the animal in question to support [...]

    13. Stephanie Austin

      I love Hannah Tinti. I love One Story. I love her on Selected Shorts. I loved this collection. I read every story, and every story was super good. Sometimes story collections have one or two duds that piss me off. Like, they stop me in the reading. "Home Sweet Home" was probably my favorite. A couple gets murdered and then you find out about an affair and a wayward child and it kind of makes sense. The animal violence kind of got to me. I'm the person who reads labels looking for NO ANIMAL TESTI [...]

    14. Matt

      This is a solid and satisfying collection of stories, though I think maybe they aren't flattered by being grouped together in a collection-- when you read a couple of them at a time, you see two things: first, that they all employ the same gambit, to rush a large cast of arbitrary eccentrics onto the stage for our enjoyment, and then, more damningly, that these stories, as near as I can tell, aren't about anything. I don't mean something as crass as to say that stories should be about human traf [...]

    15. Scot

      A good set of short stories that loosely are tied together by animals that appear in them mostly as plot devices, rarely though sometimes taking center stage. The animals range from a dog in "Home Sweet Home" that only appears as a prop feeding on cereal that has been spilled by a man who has been murdered to a stuffed bear at a natural history museum in the story "Preservation" that appears to come to life to a young woman who is painting backgrounds for exhibits while also taking care of her a [...]

    16. Patty

      It has taken me a couple of days to decide how I felt about this book. When you have to pick how many stars and what that means, you have to make a decision and live with. I'm such a wimp! I chose the middle star. Most of the stories were provocatively strange but about half where strangly strange. Don't read this book if you are squemish! I always wonder 'when' in the author's life did they write those particular stories. It would be fun to know.I was expecting more after reading "The Good Thie [...]

    17. Salwa

      I loved The Good Thief so much I decided to read Tinti's short story collection too. It's interesting to feel that you've seen a writer grow from book to book. Even though I read these in the reverse order you can really see her development. The stories feature really interesting and well drawn characters and great timing when things go from mostly normal to very very strange, but the stories aren't carried off as well as her novel is. Part of this is the genre. It's much more acceptable to have [...]

    18. Autumn

      There was some good buzz regarding Hannah Tinti's first novel, 'The Good Thief.' A young woman who hails from Salem, Massachusetts, telling a tale of a one-handed figure with words like 'gothic' and 'spooky' being used to describe her writing. And it was almost Halloween! I decided to show some reserve and start with these short stories, her first major published work, which I don't usually have the courage to do. I hoped they'd be spooky too. All the stories revolved around animal themes--some [...]

    19. Brett Starr

      "Animal Crackers" is a collection of short stories written by Hannah Tinti, author of "The Good Thief". This collection has 11 tales. I read this book for one reason, The Good Thief: A Novel is a great book. "Animal Crackers" was Tinti's debut book and I wanted to be able to say I've read all her work. This collection won't knock you off your feet, but it does have it's gems: Preservation - Mary the daughter of a well-known artist, is restoring dioramas in a natural history museum & is haunt [...]

    20. Sally

      This book is a quick read - the author is very clear and her storytelling flows well, I didn't love this book however as I felt all the stories fell short. You could see where she was going with them but they didn't quite get there. I think Tinti certainly has a lot of potential, her stories were a bit like an amateur attempt at Patricia Highsmith - dark, disturbing morality tales. I think if she develops her stories a little bit more she has the makings of an excellent writer. I would like to t [...]

    21. Josh Cutting

      I am always a sucker for short stories, and this collection is surreal and touching, beautiful and bizarre all at once. (It doesn't hurt that Hannah Tinti is HOT!)6/29/09I had forgotten how good these stories really are. Tinti has such a confident hand and sure writing style. She just boldy charges into these stories, and dares you to try to keep up. Nothing is spelled out, nothing is certain, nothing is explained, and yet everything is. In two sparse lines, she say so much about the character i [...]

    22. Rachel

      What's so impressive about this collection is Tinti's range - she captures completely the voices of so many characters, an impressive, all-encompassing cast. Others have remarked on the brutality in this, but truthfully, it's one of my favorite aspects of the whole thing. "Slim's Last Ride" and "Bloodworks" both detail children's violence towards pets, but the stories aren't mirror images. The few stories that acted as accounts, heavy on telling and light on scene, tended to lose me (Hitman of t [...]

    23. Randal White

      Hannah Tinti, in the short story form at least, is a masterly narrator. She has a compelling narrative style, rich and eloquent in substance. The stories are all interesting and keep the readers interest until the end. While the end of some stories are not satisfying, the reader cannot ignore a tale well told. Tinti maintains a consistent "higher" tone throughout all the stories, which at one level suggests some contempt for the situations her characters find themselves in, or at the least that [...]

    24. Cheryl Klein

      Hannah Tinti's story collection is a rare beast: a mix of mild absurdity (unionized elephants, a grown man who refuses to tie his shoes) and reality that scrapes along the underside of your soul. Similarly, the animals in question are both literal and metaphorical. The rabbit a troubled boy throws out the window is real and bloody and injured, but the snake a woman cooks and feeds to her ex-boyfriend is an act of turning herself inside out. Our society saves some of its worst violence for animal [...]

    25. Quiltgranny

      The only good thing about this book was the cover art and the title. A collection of weird short stories either "written" by animals, or concerning animals. Someone else wrote a review that they thought they should throw the book away for fear that someone might think it was a primer on how to abuse animalsI think I agree that the book should be thrown away, it is THAT bad!I did give it a chance of about 35% of the book, and it seemed as if it was going nowhere, so now it is on a recycle list.

    26. Chris

      With the exception of Amy Hempel, I don't think I've ever given five stars to a collection of short stories. Usually, there are too many misses for me to go above three stars. But there was something about Tinti's writing that allowed me to forgive/gloss over the shortcomings.These stories are bizarre in the best kind of way. Tinti's sense of humor is wonderful, and her created worlds turn "reality" on its head just enough for anything and everything to happen.Seriously, good and fresh stuff. I [...]

    27. Heather

      I liked a lot of these short stories individually. I think that, as a collection, it was kind of repetitive - only a few of the stories were so very different from each other to stand out, and Tinti's voice is so incredibly unique that it's hard to read so many stories one after the other in that unique voice. It somehow makes them seem less unique, beside each other. And I took a year to read the stories, yeah. I was thinking I would like it much more when I started out, actually.

    28. Galo

      Self-absorbed and apathetic characters wander aimlessly in-and-out of a limbo world of Hannah Tinti’s phantasmagorical and fatalistic design, weakly linked by the uneven appearance of animals who serve to be no more than a storytelling device. What keeps the reader engaged is the author’s powerful imagination and genuine storytelling ability. Stories worth reading: Home Sweet Home, Preservation, Hit Man of the Year, Talk Turkey, and How to Revitalize the Snake in your Life.

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