Book Review: Animals Eat Each Other by Elle Nash

Why should you read this book?

I took this photo two weeks ago, before even starting Animals Eat Each Other by Elle Nash. I must say that I love the irony. First book I photograph in front of a church; first book I read that explores satanism.

What a powerful, raw and explosive short novel. In this book, Nash developed a self-destructive female character and her struggle to truly become intimate with someone. Delving into the realms of sexuality, satanism, and drugs, Animals Eat Each Other is a truly singular work.

I loved how Nash shamelessly explored the darkest side of our desires. Our sexual lives and what triggers our desires can be pretty obscure and not many authors feel comfortable developing such questions. Many interesting references are brought up into this novel like the work of Marilyn Manson (which I personally came to love over the years but is often misunderstood).

One of the things that I liked the most about this novel was the way it portrayed satanism. To be honest, I had a completely different idea about this ideological group. I am not saying is better or worse than I thought it was. It’s just really different and led me to question once again my religious upbringing and how people can twist certain concepts to keep us there, believing.

I’d like to thank Dzanc Books for sending a review copy. You can buy the book here.

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Summary

A young woman with no name embarks on a fraught three-way relationship with Matt, a tattoo artist, and his girlfriend Frances, a new mum. She begins to recognise the dark undertow of obsession and jealousy that her presence has created between Matt and Frances, and finds herself balancing on a knife’s edge between pain and pleasure, the promise of the future and the crushing isolation of the present. With stripped-down prose and unflinching clarity, Nash examines madness in the wreckage of love, and the loss of self that accompanies it.

Book details:
Publisher: Dzanc Books
Published on: July 2017
Format: Paperback
Pages: 121

 

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