- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Center Street; Reprint edition (June 5, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1599954095
- ISBN-13: 978-1599954097
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 582 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,949 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"An extraordinary story of animals, mortality, and the power of love. Everyone needs to read this novel!"―Garth Stein, author of the International Bestseller The Art of Racing in the Rain
"UNSAID will really make you think about the relationship between people and animals. I was not able to put it down, and I read parts of it twice."―Temple Grandin, author of Animals Make Us Human
Rarely has a novel captured so movingly the deep bonds between people and the animals that share their lives. Veterinarian Helena Colden has died of breast cancer, but she still watches over her shattered attorney husband and their menagerie-dogs, cats, horses, and a pig, all with personalities as distinct as their human companions. Helena, who narrates, remains guilt-ridden over the unresolved fate of a research chimp that communicates at the level of a 4-year-old child. How each of these vivid characters finds a way to let go and move on is at the heart of this entrancing tale.―Parade Magazine
"touching and emotional"―Publishers Weekly
Abramson delivers a touching and dramatic story that is sure to please animal lovers. Though the heavy emphasis on animal rights becomes repetitive, overall this is a solid story of loss and love.―Library Journal Review
"Enjoyed it thoroughly."―Jeffrey Masson, author of When Elephants Weep
"...a remarkable book."―Susan Wilson, author of One Good Dog and The Fortune Teller's Daughter
"A poignant read on the meaning of life and its priorities--how death and despair can lead to renewal and life, but only if one realizes the interconnectedness of all creatures."―Irene M. Pepperberg, author of Alex and Me
"This moving and riveting novel beautifully expresses the transforming power of the human-animal relationship. Read it if you shared your life with an animal, but more importantly, read it if you haven't."―Gene Baur, president and co-founder of Farm Sanctuary, and author of the bestseller Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food
"A suspenseful, heart-throbbing novel exploring the big questions of life, death, sentience, animal rights, compassion, righteous indignation, and what it is all about and why. The surprise twists are like an emotional roller coaster. Read it, weep, grab your chair, and gain insights into the big why!"―Allen M. Schoen, D.V.M., and author of Kindred Spirits: How the Remarkable Bond Between Humans and Animals Can Change the Way We Live
About the Author
Neil Abramson is a partner in a Manhattan law firm, and his wife is a veterinarian. Abramson is also a past board member of the Animal Legal Defense Fund, an award recipient from the ASPCA for his legal work on behalf of animals, a founding member of the New York City Bar Association Committee on Legal Issues Relating to Animals, and once represented a dolphin named Kama as a plaintiff in federal court.
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When Jaycee asked him to defend her and Cindy, a chimp who she has taught, against the Center for Advanced Primate Studies and their desire to shut down her research and move Cindy back to the general primate population, David questions the legality of Cindy's rights , since she is not human .
it' s only when he sees his beloved Helena on video, assisting Jaycee and communicating with Cindy, does he choose to compromise his career to defend her.
It was an interesting method to tell the story through Helena, who observes and is in all places simultaneously, bringing action and anticipation to each part and brings the reader into each scene. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and it had a great message.
Jaycee, a friend and colleague of Helena’s, asks David to defend her and Cindy, a chimpanzee, against the Center for Advanced Primate Studies. Jaycee has taught the chimp how to communicate through sign language and other aids. The Center feels the study has failed and plans to return Cindy to the primate population for other experimental work, likely to test human diseases.
Still grieving, David is overwhelmed with obligations to his law practice, running the household, and now being asked to take on a questionable case of animal rights. Out of respect for Helena, he consents to defend Jaycee and the chimp, Cindy.
This story is told from an interesting point of view, that of a deceased person who can be everywhere at once, one who sees and hears all.
This novel touched my heart with the many animal scenes, particularly those with a little autistic boy, the son of David’s newly acquired housekeeper. If you are an animal lover, this is a book for you. I have had and loved animals all my life and this book was balm for my soul. I thoroughly enjoyed Unsaid and highly recommend it.
As an avid animal lover, this reader has no doubt that (many/most) animals are sentient, and indeed, have souls. The depiction of a heartless, bureaucratic abuse of Cindy the chimpanzee and the scientist who loved her was markedly disturbing. To give balance to Cindy's plight, other animal characters were portrayed in more favorable environments in their unique relationships with humans.
The author beautifully describes the mutually beneficial blessings derived from sharing one's life with another species. Any human who has experienced such never forgets the profound impact of that bond.