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Lola or, The Thought and Speech of Animals by Henny Kindermann is a fascinating and thought-provoking novel that explores the deep bond between humans and animals. Set in a small town, the story follows the life of Lola, a charismatic and intelligent parrot who possesses the ability to communicate with humans through speech.

The author's writing style is engaging and descriptive, effortlessly transporting the reader into the world of Lola. Kindermann beautifully captures Lola's perspective, delving into the inner thoughts and emotions of this remarkable parrot. The character development is particularly striking, as Lola evolves from a mere pet into a beloved member of the community.

What makes this novel truly captivating is its exploration of the profound connection between animals and humans. Through Lola's interactions, Kindermann raises important questions about the barriers that exist between species and challenges the notion that animals cannot express their thoughts and feelings. The book encourages readers to reconsider their relationship with animals and to recognize the immense intelligence and sensitivity they possess.

Furthermore, the depiction of the town's response to Lola's abilities adds depth to the narrative. Some individuals view Lola as a scientific marvel, while others fear her uniqueness and question the morality of human-animal communication. This conflict adds an additional layer of intrigue and raises ethical dilemmas that force the reader to reflect on societal attitudes towards animals.

In terms of pacing, the novel maintains a perfect balance between the various plotlines, keeping readers hooked from beginning to end. The progression of Lola's story is seamless, with each chapter unveiling new challenges and discoveries that contribute to her growth as a character.

Perhaps the only criticism one could offer is the occasional lack of depth in supporting characters. While Lola shines throughout the novel, some of the human characters feel slightly underdeveloped in comparison. Nonetheless, this minor flaw does not detract from the overall enjoyment of the story.

Lola or, The Thought and Speech of Animals is a captivating and thought-provoking novel that challenges our understanding of the animal-human relationship. Henny Kindermann's exquisite writing and the endearing character of Lola create a powerful narrative that will leave readers both entertained and contemplative. This book is a must-read for animal lovers and anyone interested in exploring the boundaries of communication and empathy.

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The Thought and Speech of Animals







First Published in this translation in 1922

Transcriber's Note: There are three mathematical "square roots" found in this text; the "roots" are shown as [3rt], [121rt] and [10,000rt]. Numerals that are printed as superscript are indicated by being preceeded by a caret (^).


It is hoped that this little work may assist in the search along the dark path upon which many a poet and in later times many an investigator has set his feet. It would not be worthy of us, whom science and technical ability has raised to so high an intellectual position as explorers of Nature in every field should we neglect anything however trivial, deeming it as beneath our notice.

We know so much about all that lies around us: the manner in which the cells build our bodies; how the juices circulate within the plant. We feel Nature to be ensouled, to be a spiritual entity and yet it is only her corporeal life with which we are intimate. Therefore let us now turn our eyes to new horizons, so that the human spirit may be in a position to extend its search, doing so with knowledge and understanding... Continue reading book >>

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