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The giraffe's neck : a novel

Author: Judith Schalansky; Shaun Whiteside
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2014.
Edition/Format:   Book : Fiction : English : First U.S. editionView all editions and formats
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"Adaptation is everything. Inge Lohmark is well aware of that; after all, she's been teaching biology for more than thirty years. But nothing will change the fact that her school is going to be closed in four years: In this dwindling town in the eastern German countryside, there are fewer and fewer children. Inge's husband, who was a cattle inseminator before the reunification, is now breeding ostriches. Their  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Judith Schalansky; Shaun Whiteside
ISBN: 9781620403389 1620403382 9781408843796 140884379X
OCLC Number: 849210969
Notes: Originally published in Germany in 2011 under the title Der Hals der Giraffe by Suhrkamp Verlag.
Description: 211 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Other Titles: Hals der Giraffe.
Responsibility: Judith Schalansky ; translated from the German by Shaun Whiteside.
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"Adaptation is everything. Inge Lohmark is well aware of that; after all, she's been teaching biology for more than thirty years. But nothing will change the fact that her school is going to be closed in four years: In this dwindling town in the eastern German countryside, there are fewer and fewer children. Inge's husband, who was a cattle inseminator before the reunification, is now breeding ostriches. Their daughter, Claudia, emigrated to the United States years ago and has no intention of having children. Everyone is resisting the course of nature that Inge teaches every day in class.When Inge finds herself experiencing intense feelings for a ninth-grade girl, her biologically determined worldview is shaken. And in increasingly outlandish ways, she tries to save what can no longer be saved"--

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This is a brilliant novel: precise, relentless, very funny and unexpectedly powerful ... "Remarkable" is too small a word. It is very funny, desperately sad and real, and ultimately, shocking ... Read more...

 
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