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The Humans

By Matt Haig, 1975-

“I know that some of you reading this are convinced humans are a myth, but I am here to state that they do actually exist. For those that don’t know, a human is a real bipedal life form of midrange intelligence, living a largely deluded existence on a small waterlogged planet in a very lonely corner of the universe.”

The bestselling, award-winning author of The Radleys is back with what may be his best, funniest, and most devastating dark comedy yet. When an extraterrestrial visitor arrives on Earth, his first impressions of the human species are less than positive. Taking the form of Professor Andrew Martin, a prominent mathematician at Cambridge University, the visitor is eager to complete the gruesome task assigned him and hurry back home to the utopian world of his own planet, where everyone enjoys immortality and infinite knowledge.

He is disgusted by the way humans look, what they eat, their capacity for murder and war, and is equally baffled by the concepts of love and family. But as time goes on, he starts to realize there may be more to this weird species than he has been led to believe. Disguised as Martin, he drinks wine, reads poetry, develops an ear for rock music and a taste for peanut butter. Slowly, unexpectedly, he forges bonds with Martin’s family, and in picking up the pieces of the professor’s shattered personal life, he begins to see hope and beauty in the humans’ imperfections and begins to question the mission that brought him there.

Praised by the New York Times as a “novelist of great seriousness and talent,” author Matt Haig delivers an unlikely story about human nature and the joy found in the messiness of life on Earth. The Humans is a funny, compulsively readable tale that playfully and movingly explores the ultimate subject—ourselves.

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2013

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9781476727912


Format: Book
Author: Haig, Matt, 1975-
Summary: Regarding humans unfavorably upon arriving on Earth, a reluctant extraterrestrial assumes the identity of a Cambridge mathematician before realizing that there's more to the human race than he suspected.
Title: The humans / Matt Haig.
Publisher Date: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2013.
Subject: Aliens -- Fiction. Mathematicians -- Fiction Impersonation -- Fiction
Isbn: 9781476727912 (hbk.) 1476727910 (hbk.)
Current Holds: 0
System Items Available: 1
System Items Total: 1
Call Number: SF Haig
Oclc: 829999581
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Bib Id: 443041

Format: Book
Author: Haig, Matt, 1975-
Summary: Regarding humans unfavorably upon arriving on Earth, a reluctant extraterrestrial assumes the identity of a Cambridge mathematician before realizing that there's more to the human race than he suspected.
Title: The humans / Matt Haig.
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
Publisher, Date: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2013.
Description: xiii, 282 pages ; 24 cm.
Subjects: Aliens -- Fiction.
Subjects: Mathematicians -- Fiction
Subjects: Impersonation -- Fiction
Genre: Science fiction.
Notes: "A novel"--Jacket.
Notes: "Originally published in Great Britain in 2013 by Canongate Books"--Title page verso.
Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index.
LCCN: 2013003203
ISBN: 9781476727912 (hbk.)
ISBN: 1476727910 (hbk.)
Requests: 0
Available Copies: 1
Total Copies: 1
Call Number: SF Haig