Title: The Old Men at the Zoo
Author: Wilson, Angus
Publisher: The Viking Press, New York
Publication Date: 1961
Edition: First Edition
Book Condition: NF
D-j Condition: VG
Comments: Discoloration on FFEP. Minor stains on top edge. Pencil writing on inside back cover. D-j slightly worn.
Synopsis: Set in a near future (the novel was first published in 1961 and is set in the period 1970–73), this is Angus Wilson’s most allegorical novel, about a doomed attempt to set up a reserve for wild animals. Simon Carter, secretary of the London Zoo, has accepted responsibility and power to the prejudice of his gifts as a naturalist. But power is more than just the complicated game played by the old men at the zoo in the satirical first half of this novel: it lies very near to violence, and in the second half real life inexorably turns to fantasy – the fantasy of war. This tense and at times brutal story offers the healing relationship between man and the natural world as a solution for the power dilemma.