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Beukes’s world is interesting, both the animal companions with their mashavi talents coexisting with the modern world, and her dark, gritty portrayal of South Africa, with all of its poverty, homelessness, refugees, sex trafficking, drugs, and AIDS.

I really did not care for her; this is despite the fact that the main plot was very interesting and this is what kept me reading.

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But a positive to yer animal is that ye be granted a magical power. For a while, it almost feels like it could be YA, but there’s a violent undercurrent that never really goes away; Beukes doesn’t want you to forget that our likeable heroine has a Sloth friend for a reason, and that it is a very bad reason. I won’t deny the fact that I didn’t expect to love it. Not only does this quote explain the backdrop of an almost apocalyptic world, it also plunges you into a Johannesburg where magic is alive and kicking around every corner of tainted society.

Clarke Award winner Zoo City. Ahoy there me mateys! I’m just a little disappointed that the book didn’t fully realise its potential. Since it’s what happens when you have killed someone, my best bet is that the animal represents the spirit of the dead: It may not always put Joburg in a beautiful light, but it felt very authentic to this Jozi girl which was really amazing.

Could that be a reference to Zinzi’s besetting sin, the moral laziness that is eating her hollow, as she sinks ever deeper into nasty petty crime, in a failed recovery from drug addiction and prison?

Zoo City by Lauren Beukes – review

Extraordinary Women from South Africa’s Past Now for some bad parts: I’m going to need a shelf! I like a bit of well-defined rules, citty only to see those rules get broken or find a way to slip the leash of hell, you know?


Zinzi certainly isn’t your everyday hero, she’s made and continues to make a lot of mistakes, But there’s something likable about her too, something very relatable. Zoo City was awarded the Arthur C. From thereon out, Zoo City becomes a spiralling descent into the dank madness of a divided city.

I like the character of Zinzi but the fluidity of her moving from detective to con artist to passable music journalist was hard to picture. The animalled, or apos, are thus identified as murderers beyond the shadow of any doubt, and are treated like outcasts. Hmmm, but then there is this downside where if your animal dies before you do, a black cloud of existential dread or something floats by to drag you directly to hell. But I beukez led to render a 3.

I’m really pleased I bought it because I thoroughly enjoyed this book!

After reading the book, I started experimenting with placing animals in cityscapes, both the kind that are found in cities dogs and cats and those that exist in Johannesburg only as metaphors — sharks and crocodiles, for example. Like all urban fantasy novels, Zoo City is a mystery, zo thrilling one.

Zoo City by Lauren Beukes

Paperbackpages. As I owned this book, I thought I might as well read it.

The later stages of the novel uncover sinister motives and the drafting of magic concoctions formulated by macabre means that shocks and infuriates Zinzi and all Animalled sympathisers alike.

Having a likeable female hero helped me accommodate the widespread despair in the contemporary Johannesburg setting.

As always, my opinions are solely my own. It was a fun ride mixed with a lot of disturbing elements. And then the ending happened. The setting is present-day Johannesburg, but in this alternate reality, a couple of decades ago, something strange started happening.

It has all the hallmark archetypes prowling its pages: There is meat in the rest of the book for the reader to explore and dwell on these possibilities. The whole bit about how and why she, and others, are cursed with the animal symbiosis is the elephant in the room.

A book set in a version of my home city with an interesting premise and great reviews! Identity is not so much a costume as it is a negotation between two entities, for part of my identity is Identity is a very fragile and ephemeral concept, and the philosophy surrounding identity fascinates me. In Zoo City, if you commit a felonious sin, the Undertow comes for you and marks you with first an animal companion that serves as a manifestation of your sin, and second a supernatural talent.


Zinzi has committed a crime, and for that has been saddled with a connection with an Animal, a sloth, which she takes with her everywhere she goes. Beukes is amazing at describing places and characterizing people.

And the book is could even be categorized as a noir style mystery. The sinuous plot primarily focuses on one of these “zoos”, Zinzi December, a 29 year-old woman who in her FL former life was convicted in her drug-fueled days for causing the murder of her brother and sentenced to carrying with her a sloth, shadily makes a living by carrying out internet scams and, on the side, finding lost items for people thanks to an ESP-esque talent acquired along with the sloth.

In his spare time he reads, writes, draws and dreams. You can read why I came to this decision here. I wasn’t sure to expect when I started reading this as I had no idea what it was about and bought it simply because the cover caught my eye. From the unique magical elements of the animals to the real world issues of poverty, war, drugs and much more, this book cover the gamut of ideas but it all worked really well together with a perfect balance of adventure, seriousness, humor, excitement, thoughtfulness and mystery.

I was seduced by the writing while I was reading it, and it wasn’t until after I finished that I started realizing how many problems I had with it. Clarke Award on 28 April Oct 09, Evgeny rated it liked it Shelves: The book would be a plain three star if it wasn’t for the interjections of reality between chapters: