Deaf at Spiral Park is a book about a bear that shaves off his fur to join humanity. The novel uses a range of generic approaches, such as comedy and philosophy, to question the humanity of the bear, and conversely the animalistic behaviour of those around him. A cast of characters such as a clown, an invalid, a farmer and a philosopher transcend their stock types and become involved in the complex world of the bear. The antagonist, a recruitment consultant, dies several times, and, ultimately, this teaches her nothing. This is a fresh and original novel which remains accessible and funny in spite of its experimental and philosophical concerns.
Praise for this book
"Surreal, touching, and very very funny." - Robert Shearman
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Used availability for Kieran Devaney's Deaf At Spiral Park
September 2013 : UK Paperback
October 2013 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition