- Elsie (the cow)
- Jerry, aka Shalom (the pig)
- Tom (the turkey)
- Joe (the camel)
Now personally, I think it's a little weird to drink another animal's milk. You don't see me walking up to some human lady who just gave birth, saying, "Yo, can I get a taste?"
The difference in mind between man and the higher animals, great as it is, certainly is one of degree and not of kind. (Charles Darwin)
Most people think cows can't think. Hello.
Give me a moment as I think about my mother. Feelings come and go, unless you don't feel them. Then they stay, and hurt, and grow pear-shaped and weird. So when we cows have a feeling, we feel it, till the feeling passes. Then we moo-ve on. Boom. Didn't see that coming, did you?
I recall the days of my childhood through the green grass-colored lens of nostalgia. It all seems so far away and so perfect. Every day a sunny day, even the rainy ones.
And see how that whole scene was kinda written in what's called "screenplay form"? My editor loves that stuff. Big-shot Hollywood producers take note, this practically shoots itself.
Selfies, they call 'em, and that makes sens 'cause even though they're sending these pictures to others, it still smells like selfish to me. Is that why they call it an "I phone"? 'Cause it's all about me me me.
"One small step for cow, one giant leap for cowkind..."
"Don't hate. Hate is like a poison you make for your enemy that you end up swallowing yourself."
Do you know I love you to the nth degree?
Jerry: It's a long story, some say the greatest story ever told, but basically, Jews are Christians with longer sideburns. And a better sense of humor.
Elsie: You're a bird that can't fly. You're an oxymoron.
Why is it that when we're leaving something is the moment we most appreciate it?
But I had to go. When I turned, the pig was looking at me. And he said, "It's hard to leave anywhere. Even if the place sucked. It's hard to leave anywhere at all."
There is something in man that loves a wall, but what wall menders and fence builders do not get is that when they fence something out, they are also fencing themselves in. Not one but two prisons are made by one wall.
By Jack Anderson
on November 4, 2017
The author had me at "Hello", literally. The 8th word is "Hello". The first chapters are really clever and extremely funny, even though the book becomes quickly less interesting. The writing is extremely self-conscious and unashamedly fast. The story is very fun, although the subject is actually very dark. But how can we not fall for a lovely cow named Elsie?
What I disliked about the book is that the author thinks the audience will not get all his references. Therefore, he keeps explaining each one. He makes a joke about a Pink Floyd album? Then he must tell you this was about Pink Floyd. He explains what a vinyl is, and at one point, I feel that he thinks I am, as a reader, stupid. Especially since most of his references are not far fetched and that difficult. Who needs to explain pop culture references? This is something I did not like.
I really loved the Jewish humor in this book. The pig wanting to get circumsized before going to Israel was just one of many imaginative and funny scenes.
AN UNENDING FIRST ACT
Even though the cow leaves her farm, getting to her final destination would have been the beginning of the second act. Unfortunately, we are simply waiting and waiting and waiting for her to reach her destination. And this is actually the end of the book.
No, I will not keep this book in my book shelf.
I give it 5 out of 10. Good.
on November 6, 2017
Funny and more
I loved this book. I read the book awhile ago and then downloaded it from Audible and let David read it too me! Awesome! I want to be like Elsie!
on April 20, 2018
my old review (2016)
I read the book in one evening. It was funny but also satiric. Elsie has a very interesting vision of the world and I share a lot of common points with David Duchovny and his vision. A smart guy for sure.
on March 25, 2019
My meeting with this novel dates from a short time ago. I did not necessarily want to buy it at the beginning, a cow's story that philosophizes the world, it's not really my cup of tea; but the dedication to Fnac helping, I invested in this book and I began to read before dropping. The first 4/5 pages had a little inflated and I postponed. This is not the first time I have a bad first impression before I regret it bitterly afterwards.
This was the case with this book.
After a detour by a novel by Camilla Läckberg (the Swedish poles have the coast in my house, right now, since the saga Millenium ^ ^), I said to myself: "go, I go back there." After all, I had bought it, had it signed, meet God in passing (the actor / writer / singer, not the one who resurrects like Lazarus), so let's go.
The cows interest me frankly moderately. They're nice, useful for a lot of things, and I sometimes see them from afar when I'm on a train and they're in their green pastures, but it's often limited to that.
Here, we are portrayed as being witty. But really, in the broadest sense of the word, because rather than just just grazing the grass, she observes everything around her and draws entertaining conclusions.
Elsie does not always understand everything she sees. During some early passages, she reminded me a bit of another fictional character: Kyle (from the Kyle XY series) in his way of apprehending and analyzing certain things of our daily life, as well as patterns of human behavior with this new eye.
Those who knew the series will understand perhaps this choice of example to my illustration.
A rather funny example, in one of its "discovered" phases, television: the illuminated box or the God of the Box as she calls it in a rather beta way ^^^.
Like Kyle, we have phase 1: I discover the object, followed by phase 2: the analysis, rather interesting, that Elsie performs with this recollection of its own, refreshing speeches, often supposed and with this point of sarcasm placed where it is needed in his speech. It gives the reader a look may not be new but still pragmatic about the objects of our everyday life and I do not speak of his opinion on the laptop that is to burst out laughing.
She is often critical, her speeches are very moralistic, but she is finally lucid in her view of the world and emphasizes that foolishness is an intrinsic branch of human DNA. Elsie is a bit of a rebellious teenager or young adult who wants to build herself, see the world and also ... save her skin.
For my part, I do not see this novel as a fable youth. I completely understand that David was refused a Pixar adaptation. This book deals with delicate topics for a young audience: the customs and customs of religions, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the slaughterhouse, hallucinogenic trip, tobacco ... It's a nice theological odyssey that addresses things on the surface (too many details would have made us switch to another literary register), with no head and whose primary function is to stay above all: fun to read.
In the end, in the image of the human being, Elsie is growing out of her adventure, more humble but still strong experience that strengthens her to be an activist even more seasoned.
As for the author, we lay this literary UFO is David-in its purest form: Jews, New Yorkers pure juice, Yiddish insults, humor pliers without laughing (he quips, he is serious, we do not know and that's the goal of the game), sarcasm ... He unpacked his world, his vision.
So I tested, without regret, the story is really funny, informative and enjoyable
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