We the Animals

We the Animals

Justin Torres / Oct 16, 2019

We the Animals An exquisite blistering debut novel Three brothers tear their way through childhood smashing tomatoes all over each other building kites from trash hiding out when their parents do battle tiptoein

  • Title: We the Animals
  • Author: Justin Torres
  • ISBN: 9780547576725
  • Page: 158
  • Format: Hardcover
  • An exquisite, blistering debut novel.Three brothers tear their way through childhood smashing tomatoes all over each other, building kites from trash, hiding out when their parents do battle, tiptoeing around the house as their mother sleeps off her graveyard shift Paps and Ma are from Brooklyn he s Puerto Rican, she s white and their love is a serious, dangerous thAn exquisite, blistering debut novel.Three brothers tear their way through childhood smashing tomatoes all over each other, building kites from trash, hiding out when their parents do battle, tiptoeing around the house as their mother sleeps off her graveyard shift Paps and Ma are from Brooklyn he s Puerto Rican, she s white and their love is a serious, dangerous thing that makes and unmakes a family many times.Life in this family is fierce and absorbing, full of chaos and heartbreak and the euphoria of belonging completely to one another From the intense familial unity felt by a child to the profound alienation he endures as he begins to see the world, this beautiful novel reinvents the coming of age story in a way that is sly and punch in the stomach powerful.Written in magical language with unforgettable images, this is a stunning exploration of the viscerally charged landscape of growing up, how deeply we are formed by our earliest bonds, and how we are ultimately propelled at escape velocity toward our futures.

    We the Animals Aug , Directed by Jeremiah Zagar With Evan Rosado, Ral Castillo, Sheila Vand, Isaiah Kristian Manny, Joel, and Jonah tear their way through childhood and push against the volatile love of their parents As Manny and Joel grow into versions of their father and Ma dreams of escape, Jonah embraces an imagined world all on his own. We the Animals Rotten Tomatoes We want to hear what you have to say but need to verify your email Don t worry, it won t take long Please click the link below to receive your verification email. We the Animals film We the Animals is a American coming of age drama film, directed by Jeremiah Zagar and written by Zagar and Dan Kitrosser, based on the novel of the same name by Justin Torres The film marks Zagar s first narrative feature film The film stars Evan Rosado, Ral Castillo, Sheila Vand, Isaiah Kristian, and Josiah Gabriel It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was released on August , We the Animals by Justin Torres We the Animals is about three brothers soaring through life with ma and paps They smash tomatoes and lotion on each other, build kites with trash, and hide in the crawlspace while their parents fight. We The Animals Official US Trailer HD YouTube Jun , With a screenplay by Dan Kitrosser and Jeremiah Zagar based on the celebrated Justin Torres novel, We the Animals is a visceral coming of age We the Animals Justin Torres We the Animals is a book so meant to break your heart that it should lose its power just on the grounds of being obvious That it pierces with an arrow dipped in ache signals that Justin Torres is a writer to embrace from the start. We The Animals Summary Study Guide SuperSummary We The Animals is the debut novel by Justin Torres The book tells the story of three brothers living in upstate New York and is narrated in the first person by the youngest brother, who goes unnamed. We the Animals Trailer YouTube Jun , Based on the novel by Justin Torres, We the Animals follows the rough and tumble childhood of three brothers of white and Puerto Rican descent in the s Category Film Animation Review In We the Animals, Three Brothers Rush Toward Aug , A tiny, uncut gem of a movie, We the Animals is the first narrative feature from the nonfiction filmmaker Jeremiah Zagar and, as such, its subordination of plot We the Animals We the Animals is the debut novel by the American author Justin Torres It is a bildungsroman about three wild brothers of white and Puerto Rican parentage who live a rough and tumble childhood in rural upstate New York during the s The youngest brother, who is the protagonist, eventually breaks away from the rest of the family The novel is semi autobiographical and is loosely based on Torres s

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      • Justin Torres

        JUSTIN TORRES grew up in upstate New York His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, Tin House, Glimmer Train, and other publications A graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop, he is a recipient of the Rol n United States Artist Fellowship in Literature, and is now a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford He has worked as a farmhand, a dog walker, a creative writing teacher, and a bookseller.


    322 Comments

    1. Harsh, raw, powerful, uplifting, depressing, disappointing, brilliant. This tale of three brothers and their parents is told in the form of 19 chapters or short stories and it will generate a response. There are times when the writing seems forced, clumsy or uninformed. In one story, The Lake, the boys' mother, from Brooklyn, claims that no one swims in Brooklyn. May I direct your attention to the southern edge of the borough, home to Coney Island, Brighton Beach, Manhattan Beach, and with ready [...]


    2. I usually find something to commend on most every book I read, some aspect that strikes the right note. Sadly, this is one of two books I’ve read (to completion) in the past five years(that was hailed and cooed by the titans of publishing)that I thought was trash. This unimpressive debut generated out-of-the-gate praise because of politics, a pretense of social importance. The racial theme, the gay theme. As stereotypical as it is, it is surprisingly anointed. I have to wonder who is praising? [...]


    3. I get it. I get why three people total have recommended this one to me. It is the shortest type of experience, the most meaningful for its inherent scarcity-- a novella. It can be read during one dull hour, perhaps two. This way, the author is assured at least ONE TRUE reading of his work, which is powerful to say the least. But isn't there-- very much like the wave of Latin music in the late 90's--a new wave of Puerto Rican authors given a voice? Junot won the Pulitzer during the last decade th [...]


    4. Pretty damn tremendous. A lyrical evocation of a strange, violent, impoverished childhood, with the rough edges sanded off by language so that the whole book has the feel of a fever dream. The chapters are each self-contained short stories, more or less, each like a stiff shot of whiskey, each a glimpse of some event in the lives of a poor family growing up in Northern New York a few decades past. Some readers complain about the language being "over workshopped," but I think that's a bunk bit of [...]


    5. We the Animals is about three "half-breed" brothers being brought up in Brooklyn by a Puerto Rican dad and a white mother. Why animals, you ask? As one might expect in these dysfunctional-families-equal-sales times, "Paps" likes to beat the ever living purgatory out of "Ma" and occasionally, for good measure, out of his little hellions, too. At the novella's (talking 125 pp folks) start, the narrator son is, at age 7, the youngest, and the three amigos are separated by three years.This fact carr [...]


    6. Self-regardingly box-ticking like a preening popinjay of American literary workshops (oh how I loathe that word), We the Animals bounds into our readerly arena like a snow leopard but it turns out to be your neighbour’s moggy with an off-white rug draped over it. I thought it wasn’t anywhere near the five-star foams nor yet the one-star fleshtearing burn-the-witch gnashes neither. It was a damned 3 star not-bad what-else-have-you-got kind of God-damned normally novelised autobiography/shorts [...]


    7. Here's a review in keeping with the half-baked animal theme supposedly running through this "novel": this book is horseshit. As both a homosexual and a publishing professional, I am ashamed that this is what is considered laudable queer literature these days. This is an intermittently interesting but preciously overwrought series of writing exercises in that unpleasant, twee, self-fellating "MFA style" we know and hate, haphazardly strung together so it eventually gags on its own crap like in Th [...]


    8. 11/27/11 -started 11/28/11 - finished.I did not like it. And I'm having a hard time finding the appropriate words to put into description of how it left me feeling. I really didn't like it. I only finished it because it was a short book and because I don't like leaving things unfinished. I so hoped that as I continued to read that there would be more purpose to it than to just say "look at us". It lacked on so many levels and left so many half painted images hanging in space. This book seemed to [...]


    9. This short (128 pages) novel with its first person plural (we, not I) narrator proceeds through short snapshot chapters to tell the story of three brothers (the we) growing up in a quasi-dysfuntional family in upstate NY state. The father (Paps) is Puerto Rican and the mother is white (no more details available); both are from Brooklyn and moved upstate after their very early marriage (he 16, she 14). Both parents work at what jobs they can get, and the three boys bring themselves up in those lo [...]


    10. I finished reading the novel this afternoon on my back porch among an extended family of potted plants, looking out on their wild cousins.It’s a short book and I read it slow. I read a chapter before a meal, a chapter on the bus going into the city, I read a chapter in the morning drinking my cup of coffee. I read it quietly and slowly and during the day.I didn’t read it at night. I quickly understood that reading this book was the opposite of going to sleep. I knew I would want to do more w [...]


    11. Very disappointing. This book did not work. The writing was choppy, disjointed, and incoherent. Sometimes authors do this to seem unconventional and unique having some profound insight that makes them seem worthy of greatness. In reality, they are just bad writers. The subject matter was ripe with stereotypes that were quite offensive. A poor Puerto Rican family filled with abuse, violence, and sex. Parents having sex in front of their three young sons, a mother beat up with two black eyes, pare [...]


    12. This book was sitting in the pile of galleys up to my knees. It was among the books I handed over to my best friend to borrow and hopefully never return When she saw it she told me "I think you better keep this one, it looks like something you might like."OH BOYThis is a BEAUTIFUL, dark, funny, shocking book. It's like a Peurto Rican Catcher in the Rye if you will. Written like a series of connected, yet stand alone short stories it's one of those literary reads that is a pleasure to go through [...]


    13. Three brothers three musketeers mixed race. They talk of their experiences and coming of age, their embarrassments, their fears, their joys and pain. Life in it's truest forms no fake facades, fairy tale stories. Souls that try to survive and be happy against the odds against prejudices and the concrete jungle. The family ups and downs father drinking, father hitting on ma, mum and dad just plain in love. The joys of brotherhood makes you want to be young again surrounded by siblings. This stor [...]


    14. This is a gorgeous book with fierce ideas. The family is exceptionally rendered and race and sexuality are approached in new ways here. Torres does a fine job of capturing the rambunctious energy of young boys being raised rough by parents who don't quite get it right with their children or each other. Where this book falters is in that it is meager. It is not as fleshed out as it needs to be and there's a bit of a twist at the end of the book that is rushed and out of place when it doesn't need [...]


    15. By far the best book of 2011. Not sure what to say about those reviewers who believe this book has no literary merit or that Torres is a bad writer. The book is brilliant - yes, it is short. Yes, it is sparse. No, it is not a linear plot, being episodic. But it cuts deeply - if you can set yourself aside for a moment and really sink into the story, imagine what life was like for this family, for this young boy - so different from anyone else he knew it seems impossible not to 'get it.' Unfortuna [...]


    16. _وقتی ازت می پرسن چند سالته و تو جواب میدی شیش به علاوه ی یک، یا دو، یا بیشتر، داری بهشون میگی هر چن سالت هم که بشه، پسر کوچولوی مامانت هستی. و اگه تو همیشه پسر کوچولوی من باقی بمونی، همیشه واسه م می می مونی و هیچ وقت ازم خجالت نمی کشی و روتو بر نمی گردونی، نرم و سخت نمی شی و منم مجب [...]


    17. Torres’s debut novel reminded me very much of Julie Otsuka’s The Buddha in the Attic: both are achingly sad tales told largely through the collective perspective of the first-person plural, which, thanks to the novella length, mostly stays fresh and effective.Our narrator is the youngest of three boys, half Puerto Rican and half white, who have to ‘tumble up’ like Dickens’s Jellyby children due to the hapless pseudo-neglect of their working class parents in upstate New York. Their viol [...]


    18. I sat down and read this little number in one go, which I think worked for this book until the ending. The flow was effortless until "The Night I am Made", which may or may not have been intentional on Torres' part, I have no idea.What to say about this book. I can understand the hype. I don't know if I agree with the hype, but I understand it. Torres' writing is lyrical and quite lovely. It did evoke emotions from me, though mostly feelings of disgust, distaste and distress. That's a lot of "di [...]


    19. I feel like people look at small books, especially in hardcover, and pass as they think it will be nothing more than a silly little trifle. Something too quick, too insubstantial and too expensive to invest in. We the Animals might be the antidote to that sort of (silly, limited) thinking. And as a person who doesn't always love poetic/not terribly linear prose, Torres also served as a kind of antidote to my own (silly, limited) thinking. I'm not sure just how I feel yet, having finished the boo [...]


    20. this is a shorter story125 pages a reviewer or two has saidi read it in a few hours2-3+the story told from the perspective of what we learn is a 7-year-old boy(he has a birthday and his mother wants him to stay sixx plus one year, six plus twowhatever.a strange family, strange in that the father either one dry humps the mother in the bathroom, her ass on the white porcelain sink, her back pressed into the faucet and mirror, or he focks her dearly while the boys.take a bath i guessree boys, close [...]


    21. I watch the interview with Justin Torres on Youtube- youtu/eY2hfaWaLUM and I compare that to the book and you wonder if some of this is right from the author’s life. But, this is a work of fiction even though it feels real when you read about the three brothers, how they grow up in a semi-dysfunctional family. There’s love in the family. But everything seems magnified. Passion, anger, love, everything. The boys deal with a father who is abusive to their mother. A mother who, when the dad lea [...]


    22. Alguien ha cogido un trozo de carne sangrante y la ha encuadernado. Cuando un ingenuo como yo se acerca a sus páginas, no se espera encontrar los vasos sanguíneos bombeando entre líneas. Las palabras se convierten en puro follaje para ocultar que aquello que tienes entre las manos es algo que continúa vivo, que lejos de agonizar, está luchando con garras y dientes para convertirte en una presa más. La sintaxis está asalvajada, los personajes ladran en cuanto pueden y la amenaza de acorral [...]


    23. As I was reading this, I couldn't quite put my finger on what was not jiving with me. Then I read the bio and saw the author is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. OF COURSE.This book is trying too hard to look like it wasn't trying too hard. The melodramtic themes of domestic violence, poverty, and sexual awakening did not manipulate me. The story is a little over 120 pages but I was bored. I've never been a fan of the vignette style of novel (I did not like House on Mango Street) and so [...]


    24. There are some very powerful scenes here, but I'm not satisfied with how they came together. The last few chapters are rushed and not paced with the rest of the novel. Also, not sure if it's a novel or strung together stories or Torres' memoir, thinly disguised. Not that that's such a problem, I'm just not sure what to do with this angst he's burdened me withGreat potential for a great next novel, if he still has enough passion left in him.


    25. jesus wow this book is a heavy hitter in a slim package. 130 short pages is all it takes, apparently, to make Ryan run the whole gamut from laughing out loud to stomach-turning dread to free-falling tears. jesus. wow.


    26. تنها نکته مثبت راجب این کتاب ترجمه و ویرایش خوبش بود ،فاقد از هرگونه اشتباه نگارشی و خود کتاب عملا چیزی نداشت که ازش خوشم بیاد


    27. I was in Bowling Green this week and had a few hours to spend in Barnes & Noble, so I grabbed a copy of this book and found a chair in a corner. There's been a lot of hype surrounding this book, and I wanted to check it out because Torres is one of the authors who will be attending the Southern Festival of Books in October in Nashville; I was curious if his session was one I wanted to attend.The writing is what I expected -- it's edgy and lyrical and Torres' voice is consistent and distincti [...]


    28. Writers who attempt to tell a story from the point of view of a young child usually struggle with voice -- you either create a protagonist who sounds too old for his age, or you dumb down the language so that it winds up feeling simply childish. Justin Torres has come up with something unique: a lyrical, descriptive and sensory narration filled with wonder and mystery. The reader fills in some of the gaps, and is left questioning the meaning of other moments, either one step ahead of the narrato [...]


    29. I think Torres has a lot to give. I loved the book, though it lost me a little after the middle or so. The dancing scene will haunt me for ever. <3


    30. Elements of the anyalyst's couch and writer's workshops are distilled into variations on the term FERAL. I liked the prose, the hidden meaning of those darkened events from a child's perspective. I didn't appreciate the concluding chapters, much as I didn't those of Lampedusa's The Leopard; there is no need for a teleolgy within such vehicles. There is quite a future for this novelist.


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