Friday, April 19, 2013

Book Review: We the Animals by Justin Torres

Brutal Poetry about Love and Family

This was a quick read that chronicles the lives and relationships of three young brothers and their parents in heartbreaking detail. The writing style is very descriptive, raw and emotional and I can't help but wonder if some of the pictures that Torres paints are based on the emotions he experienced in his own childhood.

Each chapter reads as a snippet or illustration into the complex relationships and bonds the family has and the struggles to survive in a brutal world. Complex subjects are addressed in this very short book and it's powerful and raw. Interracial marriage, brothers, poverty, abuse, depresssion, sexuality. . . it's all in here in what appears to be a very slim book but with a lot of information covered in the very poetic sort of way.

I recommend this one! 

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