Have you ever wondered if your thoughts are “normal”? Well now you have someone to compare yourself to without worrying about your spouse calling the police! The author of Raised in Captivity appears to have captured 34 of his random thoughts and published them in a book.
Could there be a seeing-eye puma? If your grandparents died in the holocaust, does that mean you can understand racism? If you’re rich enough, can you live in an insulated bubble your entire life? For me, the answers are no because they’re bound to get hungry sometime, no because it’s a fallacy of relevance, and of course they can.
Just because these extremely short stories, around ten pages each, are random doesn’t make them irrelevant or less entertaining. Raised in Captivity would make a good doctor’s office waiting room or bathroom reader. It is much better in small doses. Take your time reading each story and think about the underlying concepts for a while. It is meant to be savored like a single malt whiskey not guzzled like cheap beer. 3 stars.
Thanks to Penguin Books and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.