Full Title: Holy Cow: A Modern-Day Dairy Tale
By: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
If the author’s name sound familiar, here’s why:
David Duchovny is famous, and I mean movies, screen writing, acting, and directing, and stuff. So when I realized this I was really skeptical of this book, throwing the assumption that a man who has achieved much must be trying to get his fingers in the publishing industry too.
I honestly don’t know where to go with this novel. It was a recommendation from somebody after hearing about it on an NPR interview and told me I should check it because I might like it.
Needless to say, this book was something. When I texted the recommender of the fact that I finished the look in about 4 hours, his question was: “How was it?” and my vague response was “It was… weird”.
I’m all for reading about the personal politics of characters, but after reading Animal Farm (which is also referenced in this book) I don’t know what I could’ve expected. It’s a “modern fairy tale” because we don’t truly know if the main character, a cow, is sent to slaughter in the end – it truly is a happily every after scenario.
Cow makes plan to escape. Cow works with two other barnyard animals and makes it happen. Each animal gets to experience each other’s dream. A pig gets circumcised. Turkey learns to fly a private jet. And a cow realizes she’s okay with not considering herself or being considered a goddess. Animals fly back to US and live happily ever after – or so we are led to believe.
That seriously sums up the most of the more important banter. It’s all narrated by the cow. The story has some interesting thought-provokers, but otherwise it’s just a beach read.