Etre the Cow [Hardcover]
I think that it's fair to say that I came across this book by
chance. I was browsing through the newly-released Philosophy books and there it
was, 'Etre the Cow'. I was slightly confused as to why such a book would appear
in the Philosophy section, so I decided to click on it and read the blurb. With
no reviews and no blurb on amazon, I decided to 'google' it. And there we are -
on the website - rave reviews, and interesting yet slightly bizarre plot line,
and an unheard of author...it was a must buy!
For your information, this
is what the book's website has to say about it:
Extraordinary books are
born in extraordinary times. In the 1940s Orwell's Animal Farm served as an
indictment of totalitarian governments. Ellison's 1952 novel, The Invisible Man,
not only condemned racism in America, but it helped define the "human race." And
in 1969 Vonnegut showed us the absurdity of war with his novel, Slaughterhouse
We too are living in unprecedented times. Millions of ordinary
people are feeling fenced in and powerless. ÊTRE THE COW is the extraordinary
book that tells today's story.
ÊTRE THE COW is a tender and
thought-provoking tale about a pasture bull, named Être, who is simple but
self-aware. Powerless over his circumstances, Être struggles to accept the
everyday indignity, and brutal insignificance of his cow life at Gorwell Farm.
Stranded in a world where the line between disgrace and dignity is drawn by a
pasture fence, Être searches for understanding among the broads, bulls and
calves on the pasture, but finds none. The grasses thin as the seasons pass, the
cows hunger, and Être grows desperate. He is the only cow truly starving. Être
must challenge fate in order to change his destiny.
In French the word "être"
means "to be" or "to exist." Être's struggle is a very human one. It is a search
for meaning and significance in an uncertain world, and a battle for a better
life. You will cheer. You will cry. You will read ÊTRE THE COW over and over
again--then share its message.
So there you go! This book is truly
amazing. Everything about it rings so true, and whilst it is shocking, cruel,
painful to read; it is also inspiring, full of hope and an overwhelming desire
for change. Give it time for the message to sink into you. Think about what it's
saying. Compare it to the life you lead. Think about it as you walk along the
street, as you pass through airport security, or as you go through the checkout
at the supermarket. This is a truly life-changing book with a poignant message.
Well worth the read!