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The Humans: A Novel by [Haig, Matt]
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*Starred Review* The alien comes to Earth from Vonnadoria, an almost incomprehensibly advanced world; he comes with a sinister purpose, both to destroy and to collect information, hoping to rob human beings of their future. Assuming the person of Professor Andrew Martin, a celebrated mathematician who has made a dangerous discovery, he sets coldly and calculatedly to work. But there is a problem: though disgusted at first by humans, whom he regards as motivated only by violence and greed, he gradually comes to understand that humans are more complex than that, and, most dangerous to his mission, he discovers music, poetry, and . . . love. Becoming increasingly sympathetic to humans, he will ultimately do the unthinkable. The ever-imaginative Haig—The Dead Fathers Club (2007), The Radleys (2010)—has created an extraordinary alien sensibility and, though writing with a serious purpose (the future is at stake), has great good fun with the being’s various eyebrow-raising blunders as he struggles to emulate human behavior. Haig strikes exactly the right tone of bemusement, discovery, and wonder in creating what is ultimately a sweet-spirited celebration of humanity and the trials and triumphs of being human. The result is a thought-provoking, compulsively readable delight. --Michael Cart

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“Haig strikes exactly the right tone of bemusement, discovery, and wonder in creating what is ultimately a sweet-spirited celebration of humanity and the trials and triumphs of being human. The result is a thought-provoking, compulsively readable delight.” (Booklist (Starred Review))

“Haig creates a delightful sense of displacement in ‘Andrew’ and draws the reader into the experiences that make us human, ugly, wonderful, and mundane by turns…. The wonder and humor with which the protagonist approaches life, and the many emotions and discoveries he experiences, are worth getting a bit weepy over.” (Publishers Weekly (Starred Review))

“The protagonist’s genuine joy in discovering the good things the unstable human race has produced – peanut butter, Emily Dickinson, Australian wine, the Beach Boys, dogs, and love, to name a few – is contagious. Readers of all stripes will find the results quick-paced, touching, and hilarious.” (Library Journal (Starred Review))

“A surprisingly touching and often hilarious tale….Haig elevates the premise with his deft, humor-rich storytelling skills. A reverence for mathematics and history also runs through the book, cutting through some of the sentimentality with a healthy dose of intellectualism. The Humans is an engaging summer read.” (Bookpage)

“The Humans is not so unlike the species the book details: funny, poignant, and full of heart.” (Entertainment Weekly)

The Humans is by turns silly, sad, suspenseful and soulful….Haig manages…to burrow beneath clichés as he explores the meaning of sentimentality, loyalty, love, and mortality….Haig's insights are often compelling.” (Philadelphia Inquirer)


Product details

  • File Size: 1802 KB
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (July 2, 2013)
  • Publication Date: July 2, 2013
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A27X972
  • Text-to-Speech: Not enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,002 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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