The Giraffe's Neck

The Giraffe's Neck

Book - 2014
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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.
Publisher: London :, Bloomsbury Publishing,, 2014
Description: 211 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781408843796
Branch Call Number: Scha


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May 23, 2014

Translated from German it is the story of a teacher in a rural area of former Eastern Germany. She is a strong advocate of Darwin's theory of evolution and applies the survival of the fittest to her students and fellow teachers. She is strict, unfeeling and polarising. But when she is let go and the theory is being applied to her it causes her to look at her self, her attitudes and struggles with the acceptance of her no longer being of fit strong purpose to life. Written in short sharp sentences it took me a while to get into a rhythm of reading it. The style perfectly suits the character. Quite unsettling story but intriguing and worth reading.

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