Ever since Aesop's time, if not before then,
storytellers have been spinning yarns about animals in order to make salient
observations about humanity. These tales are among the most enduring and
endearing stories we have. DOMINO By Kia Heaveyis a more than deserving addition to their immortal
Domino can be fitted snuggly between George Orwell's Animal Farm and
Richard Adam's Watership Down, the two books more than a few reviewers have
compared it to. Like Orwell's and Adam's classics, Domino is, first and
foremost, an entertaining tale about fully fleshed (and furred) characters.
Heavey really knows her animals, cats in particular, and her writing is sharp
enough to comfortably place the reader in their skin. She accomplishes this
with an attention to the details only the keen eye of an animal lover could detect
and she reproduces them convincingly, as only a lover of language can. A dozen or so
instances spring readily to mind, but I was particularly impressed by the
exquisite intimacy generated during the scene in which two cats share a freshly
Domino is the story of a country cat trying to protect, not only his way of
life, but ultimately his very life and the lives of his mate and their litter
from the ramifications of "high-minded" ideas being preached by a
recently transplanted city cat. This city cat, named Socrates, preaches
'transcendence', urging his fellow felines to 'overcome their natures' and 'get
along' with all their fellow creatures, including, if not especially, the rats!
But of course, fables, as noted, are not really about the animals which inhabit
them. They are about the 'us' who read, write and share them. Domino is thus a
timely tale for this age of ours which peddles nonsense like gender theory as
'science' and bids us to find our hope in the cyber snake oil of transhumanism.
And the book is so well written, the story so charmingly told, that Domino is
as timeless a tale as it is timely.