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The Old Men at the Zoo (1961)

de Angus Wilson

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Set in a near future (the novel was first published in 1961 and is set in the period 1970-73), this is Angus Wilson's most allegorical novel, about a doomed attempt to set up a reserve for wild animals.Simon Carter, secretary of the London Zoo, has accepted responsibility and power to the prejudice of his gifts as a naturalist. But power is more than just the complicated game played by the old men at the zoo in the satirical first half of this novel: it lies very near to violence, and in the second half real life inexorably turns to fantasy - the fantasy of war.This tense and at times brutal story offers the healing relationship between man and the natural world as a solution for the power dilemma.… (més)
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Angus Wilson is a master a capturing people in a very natural way. Real but surreal. ( )
1 vota dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
This didn't really work for me at all: I just couldn't muster any interest in the life and work of the narrator, Carter. Pity, as I liked the last Angus Wilson I read. ( )
  queen_ypolita | Nov 16, 2013 |
Angus Wilson is one of the cleverest and most underrated British 20th-century authors. For some reason, he appears to have been basically forgotten by contemporary readers. Overall his books are funny, intelligent, well-written, and timely (maybe this is why they can feel a bit outdated). The book is definitely a slow burn, so stick with it, and I think you'll be rewarded (though, sadly, it looks like the general opinion is against this one, at least on LT!).

The previous reviewer described The Old Men at the Zoo quite aptly; in some ways it seems like two different books. The first part is a social satire of British class mores, while the second half is a dystopic look at an imagined war and quasi-fascist takeover. The first half is smart; the second half almost hysterically apocalyptic and terrifying. Now that the book's future is in the past (like so many works of speculative fiction), it's all the more terrifying to look back at the Britain of the 1970s and see how close Wilson came to being right. ( )
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Set in a near future (the novel was first published in 1961 and is set in the period 1970-73), this is Angus Wilson's most allegorical novel, about a doomed attempt to set up a reserve for wild animals.Simon Carter, secretary of the London Zoo, has accepted responsibility and power to the prejudice of his gifts as a naturalist. But power is more than just the complicated game played by the old men at the zoo in the satirical first half of this novel: it lies very near to violence, and in the second half real life inexorably turns to fantasy - the fantasy of war.This tense and at times brutal story offers the healing relationship between man and the natural world as a solution for the power dilemma.

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