It is a somewhat shattering moment when we realize that our lives are made up of the particulars of what we do every day.
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Each story in this quirky and interesting collection is told in the voice of an animal who has died. All of the animals die due to human folly, mostly involving war, but somehow this does not make the book depressing. Instead, it illuminates the common thread of humanity that makes us worth the trouble despite all of our flaws. This is an engrossing and entertaining book, but one that I think is best read slowly, to allow plenty of time to think about and absorb each story before moving on to the next.
A Letter to Sylvia Plath (Soul of Dolphin)