One Rat's Fight To Live, April 6, 2015
By W. Powell
This review is from: Rat (Paperback)
It's a Rat's life, so full of fear with a feast or famine mentality, brutally portrayed in this book by Andrzej Zaniewski. I give the author 5+ stars for burrowing deep down into the psyche of a city rat and coming up with what feels, sounds, looks, and smells like that authentic beast we dread crossing paths with. Zaniewski pulls no punches in giving us the dark world of the city rat. This ain't no mouse life mind you; no mickey or feivel goes west rodent adventure. This is big, bristly, sharp-teeth and claws Ben from the city. Set on a dreadful stage which allows us to see our Rat born, age and inevitably die.
Zaniewski paints a dual picture of one Rat's life that has you pitying him in one scene, then cursing him to hell in the next. The action is non-stop and through it all, between eating, sleeping and copulating, the Rat is just trying to survive against almost insurmountable odds.
This book does not paint a pretty picture of rat life; and why should it? To live a rat's life one has to have the courage of a lion, the wisdom of an owl, the agility of a mongoose and the instincts of a.............. rat. Most human beings probably can't stomach the bloody killings laid out in this book. A rat would probably say to that, "Well, welcome to a rat's world you domesticated, civilized punks."
If a rat could read this book and write an amazon review, I'm sure he'd say that Zaniewski get's it! However, a female rat might argue a few points.
And yes I'm a huge fan of Patrick Suskind's novel "Perfume"