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When the Killing's Done

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  • Posted October 12, 2011

    Current, ironic and very interesting

    The topic here is the war between PETA-like folks and Park Service folks. The focus is on a couple of little islands off the coast of California near Santa Barbara, which is the city where Boyle lives.

    Is the killing of any animal wrong, always? The vegetarian/vegan locals say yes. This puts them in direct opposition to the people in the Park Service who want to kill off an invasive rat population on one island and an invasive feral pig population on another. On the second island there is also, at one end, a sheep ranch; the sheep are also ranked as invasive. The rangers want the land returned to the foxes that were there before. (But how did *they* get there?) The cost is in the millions.

    Boyle balances the claims and the personal shortcomings of the characters on both sides. As in all his work, he is merciless in his dissection of a character's rationalizations and hypocrisies. I think he's a little harder on the ones united For the Protection of Animals, in that they are more self-righteous and also oblivious to the environment in any larger sense beyond animal protection. Their rather snotty leader owns a chain of electronics stores, for example.

    The most sympathetic character by far is Alma Boyd Takesue, a half-Japanese American whose grandmother, pregnant with her mother, survived a shipwreck off the coast of one of the islands back in 1946. The novel opens with a harrowing account of her experience. True, Alma's work with the Park Service makes her the one that pays the killers, as she sees clearly. But returning the islands to their "original" state is worth it, isn't it? Boyle lets the reader decide.

    There are a number of violent encounters in here, aside from the elimination of several species; feelings run high. Yours will be engaged, I'm sure.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted March 8, 2014

    Ass

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2013

    Looks at the issue from many sides.

    I liked this book but not my favorite of this author. It is worth your time reading but don't miss his other titles if this is your first of his writings.

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  • Posted February 13, 2012

    Nice treatment of a current hot topic

    A decent read

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