Animalish (Kindle Single) Kindle Edition
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In this Amazon Single she uses the literary short form to go on at length about her devotion and symbiosis with all things flying, crawling, hopping, swimming and prancing. You get to read about such things as her New York Moment with someone's pet rabbit named Rover. "Hop, Rover, hop!"
As a kid, Orlean shared her life with a Westie puppy and a butterscotch-colored mouse named Sparky. Off to college, Orlean set out to hook up with a boy whose main attribute would be that he owned a dog. Before that could be arranged she cashed in $300 in unused travelers' checks for an Irish-setter puppy she named Molly.
This essay is an exploration by Orlean on why she or people in general take a fancy to animals. Those animalish types, if they are self aware, understand all too well that they are probably a social minority and that their particular orientation may not be shared by the rest of the world.
Orlean says that for her personally her attraction to all kinds of animals is how she would feel if Martians landed on earth. "I would like to get to know them and befriend them, all the while knowing we are not quite of the same ilk."
She, on the other hand, is of the ilk that when a boyfriend named John surprised her on Valentine's Day by having someone named Rick drop by her Manhattan apartment with his pet lion in tow, she fed the beast a bowl of two raw chickens and then proceeded to stoke its back. Presumably the feline purred in gratitude.Read more ›
Like many girls of her age, Susan also wanted a dog in her childhood, but her mummy was terrified about them and would create a scene when the animal was brought near her. "Consequently we remained dogless, and I suffered."
Now life seems to have come a full circle. Presently she lives with a menagerie of animals, comprising of one dog, three cats, eight chickens, four turkeys, six guinea fowl, one fish and two snow-white ducks. Still more animals are on their way to join her on their 55-acre property close to Taconic Mountains. A real change of fortunes about animals indeed.
The author tries to make sense of her special affinity for animals. Is it because there "have been more creatures in my orbit compared to other people?" She ultimately finds the answer in serendipity: her proclivity to find "higher-than-average tendency to find animals in my path." She beautifully recounts the story of her stumbling into a rabbit owner walking his pet on a "silver leash" on a Manhattan sidewalk, the bubbly pet protesting with regular resistance to hop on.
She has written extensively on the subject of animals, but has decided to publish her essay in Kindle Singles because she did not feel her article was suitable for The New Yorker, where she is a staff writer.
Susan has now chosen an appropriate platform to tell her tale, as the chance of her finding serendipitous readers is much more here.
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I wanted to know more details of her life, Orlean just skipped past important events. The last portion about all the animals converging for a free for all was so funny. Read morePublished on July 18, 2014 by Helen J. Fraser
This was a quick, enjoyable read! It made me think of a lot of animal related laughs my family has enjoyed over the years. Read morePublished on February 27, 2013 by Laurie Adair Grove
Nothing to write home about. It's fine. I read it a while ago, I don't have any strong memories of it good or bad, but I do recall feeling like, 'is that it? Read morePublished on December 11, 2012 by Marisha Childs
I was drawn to Susan Orlean because we have the same breed of dog. So glad I made the effort. This is a wonderful story and I hope it turns into a book. Read morePublished on December 8, 2012 by Betsie R. Czeschin
This short story reminds me of a conversation you might have with an interesting person on an airplane or at a party. Read morePublished on July 21, 2012 by JAScribbles
OK....I have a bias.....I'm so 'animalish' that it's wierd. Luckily, I work in the field of biology so it's something that's accepted in my workplace, although I'm NOT allowed to... Read morePublished on May 23, 2012 by bothellbuyer
This non-fiction short story describes Susan Orlean's love affair with animals, from childhood to adulthood. It was a pleasant read. Read morePublished on March 13, 2012 by CLox
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