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The Humans: A Novel
by Matt Haig

Published: 2013-07-02
Hardcover : 304 pages
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“I know that some of you reading this are convinced humans are a myth, but I am here to state that they do actually exist. For those that don’t know, a human is a real bipedal life form of midrange intelligence, living a largely deluded existence on a small waterlogged planet in a ...
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“I know that some of you reading this are convinced humans are a myth, but I am here to state that they do actually exist. For those that don’t know, a human is a real bipedal life form of midrange intelligence, living a largely deluded existence on a small waterlogged planet in a very lonely corner of the universe.”

The bestselling, award-winning author of The Radleys is back with what may be his best, funniest, and most devastating dark comedy yet. When an extraterrestrial visitor arrives on Earth, his first impressions of the human species are less than positive. Taking the form of Professor Andrew Martin, a prominent mathematician at Cambridge University, the visitor is eager to complete the gruesome task assigned him and hurry back home to the utopian world of his own planet, where everyone enjoys immortality and infinite knowledge.

He is disgusted by the way humans look, what they eat, their capacity for murder and war, and is equally baffled by the concepts of love and family. But as time goes on, he starts to realize there may be more to this weird species than he has been led to believe. Disguised as Martin, he drinks wine, reads poetry, develops an ear for rock music and a taste for peanut butter. Slowly, unexpectedly, he forges bonds with Martin’s family, and in picking up the pieces of the professor’s shattered personal life, he begins to see hope and beauty in the humans’ imperfections and begins to question the mission that brought him there.

Praised by the New York Times as a “novelist of great seriousness and talent,” author Matt Haig delivers an unlikely story about human nature and the joy found in the messiness of life on Earth. The Humans is a funny, compulsively readable tale that playfully and movingly explores the ultimate subject—ourselves.

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by CK529 (see profile) 09/23/19

 
  "The Humans "by Phyllisouthfield (see profile) 11/14/16

This is a fun read. The book was well liked by all the club members. We had a very lively discussion.

 
by jeanineb (see profile) 01/29/15

 
  "The Humans"by Janet Z (see profile) 01/28/15

Interesting story, good character development--provides lots of material for group discussion.

 
by lkloster (see profile) 11/22/14

 
  "Fun and surprisingly deep read"by lacirenee (see profile) 09/09/14

On the surface, this book is a fun, quick read on human nature. As you delve deeper, it's about fitting in and being your own person...whatever that transformation may be.

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