Author: Sean Kenniff
Translator: Seon-a Lee
Hardcover | 180 pages | 189*129mm
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|>>>This book is written in Korean.|
About This Book
A poignant tale about pushing limits and challenging destiny
Humiliated by his hoofed legs, the flies on his haunches, and the grass in his mouth, a bull named Etre tells his tender story about the brutal insignificance of cow life at Gorwell Farm. In a world where the line between disgrace and dignity is drawn by a pasture fence, Etre finds himself alone in his awareness and utterly powerless to change his circumstances. Etre searches for understanding among the broads, bulls, and calves on the pasture, but finds none. On the best of days, Etre listens to the farmer's boy sing lullabies at the fence. He likes those songs and loves the boy. But the grasses thin as the seasons pass, the cows hunger, and Etre grows desperate. He is the only cow truly starving.
"ETRE THE COW is one of the most extraordinary books I have ever read. Dr. Sean Kenniff describes, in a completely convincing way, the drab, sometimes terrifying world of a modern "farm" seen through the eyes of a bull. To have created the personality of this story teller, Etre, is inspired. He is totally bovine. He is, in turn, curious, aggressive, obstinate, and profoundly tragic as he tries, and fails, to make sense of a situation created by humans. We are guided into dark and deeply disturbing places with the perfect mix of realism and fantasy. The characters of Etre, My Cow, Bull Calf and their inescapable fate will linger on in my mind for a very long time - probably for ever. Please read it, and send copies to your friends - as shall I."
--Jane Goodall, PhD, Founder - the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace
"Kenniff's powerful allegory about one bull's search for dignity, companionship, and meaning will touch readers in unique, startling ways. In French, etre means 'to be' or 'to exist,' and readers will clearly understand why the author chose this name as they read about the daily struggle that all beef cattle go through to survive, much less to thrive. Etre is the only 'cow' in a large herd that is able to think, question, and communicate. Thus, although he seeks to understand and avoid the dangers and cruelty cows are subjected to on a regular basis, he is apparently alone in this quest. Not only does this title paint a vivid picture of what it means to exist in a lonely, cruel world, but it also provides a scathing indictment about contemporary society and man's callous disregard for other living creatures.
This title may need to be promoted for young readers to try it, but after they do, their perspective on life will be forever changed. The author has provided French/English translations of the lyrics to popular folksongs, and he also includes reading group questions. Etre the Cow is an excellent selection for literary circles or discussion groups in health or science classes."
--Donna Miller, Donna Miller VOYA, Voices of Youth Advocates
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