Review: The Wildings (The Wildings #1) by Nilanjana Roy, Prabha Mallya (Illustrator)

Reminds me of the book ‘Tooth and Claw’ by Stephen Moore; I read it as a boy and, like this reviewer, was struck by the essential ‘animalness’ of the characters

The Book Wars

25387318

Paperback, 336 pages
Published January 12th 2016 by Random House Canada
Source: Publisher

The Wildings by Nilanjana Roy just may be the one of the more interesting books I read this year. I am generally not a fan of anthropomorphized characters and it is my good fortune then that instead of presenting personified cats, Roy is careful to retain their animalness. The Wildings is an adventure into the feline mind, trying to parse through feline philosophy, laws, and logic. I have a lot to say about this novel but first, the official synopsis:

In the labyrinthine alleys and ruins of Nizamuddin, an old neighbourhood in Delhi, India, lives a small band of cats. Miao, the clan elder, a wise, grave Siamese; Katar, loved by his followers and feared by his enemies; Hulo, the great warrior tom; Beraal, the beautiful queen, swift and deadly when challenged; Southpaw, the kitten whose…

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