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Real and Imagined

After I read The Midnight Zoo by Sonya Hartnett (months ago), I wrote myself a note comparing it to Life of Pi by Yann Martel and, hurrah, I found the note earlier this week. So, here's my insightful thought:

Like Life of Pi, The Midnight Zoo asks readers to decide what is real and what is imagined. Are the protagonists imagining what is happening to cope with the horrific external circumstances? Or has all of reality turned upside down because of those events?

The Lying Carpet by David Lucas does that too, though in a much lighter way -- no man-eating tigers or Nazis.

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