The Silence of Animals
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John Gray’s cult classic Straw Dogs challenged our assumptions about what it is to be human. In this provocative sequel he discusses passages from such diverse authors as Conrad, Simenon, Borges and Freud, who explore human reactions to extreme experiences. Using their insights to attack humanism’s optimistic faith in the idea of our species’ progress, he ends with a plea for us to become more like other animals by seeking silence and contemplation.