Holy Cow by David Duchovny is a comic delight that will thrill fans of Jasper Fforde and Ben Aaronovitch. And anyone who enjoys a witty wisecrack in a novel.
Elsie Bovary is a cow and a pretty happy one at that. Until one night, Elsie sneaks out of the pasture and finds herself drawn to the farmhouse. Through the window, she sees the farmer’s family gathered around a bright Box God – and what the Box God reveals about something called an ‘industrial meat farm’ shakes Elsie’s understanding of her world to its core.
The only solution? To escape to a better, safer world. And so a motley crew is formed: Elsie; Shalom, a grumpy pig who’s recently converted to Judaism; and Tom, a suave turkey who can’t fly, but can work an iPhone with his beak. Toting stolen passports and slapdash human disguises, they head for the airport …
Elsie is a wise-cracking, slyly witty narrator; Tom dispenses psychiatric advice in a fake German accent; and Shalom ends up unexpectedly uniting Israelis and Palestinians. David Duchovny’s charismatic creatures point the way toward a mutual understanding and acceptance the world desperately needs.
Thank you to Bookbridgr for sending me a copy to review!
Holy Cow! David Duchovny has created a world that is surreal and downright hilarious.
In this adult fairytale(esque), we find ourselves joining our narrator, cow Elsie, as she embarks on her biggest adventure;
Elsie grew up on a farm and was quite content with the way of life, yes humans would milk her but other than this odd obsession, life was good.
But then Elsie made a shocking discovery about humans and their real love of cows and suddenly her world changed forever.
Armed with her new friends Jerry the pig and Tom the turkey, the trio hatch an escape plan.
Three animals, three countries, will the trio make it?
I still can’t quite believe what I’ve just read and if truth be told I doubt I ever will, the hilarity of this story had me crying with laughter but despite the lightheartedness, there does seem to be a message within.
One that could be interpreted as animals longing for us all to be vegetarians or the differences between our religious beliefs when it comes to meat and sacred animals.
Speaking of sacred animals, this brings me to Tom, I love that Turkey and I really hope he manages to get a presidential pardon
Our first introduction to Tom had me laughing, he is definitely one cunning Turkey.
Holy Cow is the perfect tonic for a miserable day, I defy anyone to read this book and not smile!