A Man in the Zoo (Paperback)
A Man in the Zoo (1924) is a novel by David Garnett. Published several years after Garnett was awarded the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Hawthornden Prize for Lady into Fox (1922), his third novel explores themes of race and empire while showcasing the author's original--and often controversial--literary style. "It was a warm day at the end of February, and Sunday morning. In the air there was a smell of spring, mixed with the odours of different animals--yaks, wolves, and musk-oxen, but the two visitors did not notice it. They were lovers, and were having a quarrel." On a beautiful day at the local zoo, John Cromartie and Josephine Lackett find themselves falling out of love. Among the animals, Josephine explains that she can no longer explain their relationship to her family, who expect her to marry a man of equal social stature. Insulting John, she tells him he should live in the zoo before storming off. Heartbroken, and perhaps a little vindictive, John resolves to remain at the zoo with the animals she thinks he belongs with. With a beautifully designed cover and professionally typeset manuscript, this edition of David Garnett's A Man in the Zoo is a classic work of British literature reimagined for modern readers.