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Breakdown

Author: Jonathan Kellerman
Published: 2 February 2016
Reviewed: 12 April 2016
What Milo Saw by Virginia Macgregor

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4 out of 5 Stars

 



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Holy Cow

Author : David Duchovny
Published: 24 September 2014
Reviewed: 11 November 2015
What Milo Saw by Virginia Macgregor

Read more at: http://www.london24.com/entertainment/book_review_what_milo_saw_by_virginia_macgregor_1_3750981
Copyright © LONDON24

Copy kindly supplied by Headline in return for an honest review.

5 out of 5 stars

 

 

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.
  
Elsie was what I thought to  be a “normal” cow, with “normal” cow things on her mind, eat grass, produce milk and generally just mooo about….but this has turned my thinking on it’s head!  Who knew that a cow could think and feel so much? 
After sneaking out one night in a daring move, Elsie makes her way to the farmhouse where she sees the humans worshipping the Box God (TV for those who’ve not read the book) and is fascinated by what she sees, that is until the startling discovery about a ‘meat farm’ – this is too much for Elsie to take in.  She can’t quite believe the images she has seen, she can’t “un-see” them and she can’t stop thinking about what it means for her and her friends in their idyllic life on the farm.

Being a wise cow Elsie plans her escape, aided/ hindered by Jerry the pig (who converts to Judaism and now goes by the name Shalom) and Tom the turkey (who has amazing abilities with his beak!) the trio break out of the farm one night and are off into the unknown, looking for freedom, safety and acceptance.

Whilst this is a humorous book, it does touch on some serious ideas, religious intolerance and animal welfare, but these are done without offence.  The conversational narration by Elsie is both witty and funny, the cow humour is fantastic, the references to pop culture are clever, and there are opportunities aplenty for laughs. 
This is an engaging book, and despite being a quick read, it’s a satisfying read.  Having short chapters and being written in the style of a script, this book can easily be read in one sitting (that is, if you have the time to sit and read and not have a toddler to entertain, housework to do, or a job that requires your attention!)

An absolute departure from reality,  but a welcomed change of pace and thinking! 

I would absolutely recommend this to anyone that enjoys contemporary fiction, or just something “out of the ordinary” 

We all know Duchovny from his days on TV, whether it’s as Fox Mulder in the X Files, or Hank Moody in Californiacation, he’s starred in many films and has released an album in the music industry, but he’s now known as a writer.  After Holy Cow, I think it’s safe to add writer to the list of his talents. 

I would like to thank Headline for the copy of this book in return for an honest review and if you would like to buy a copy, this book was published on 24th September, a copy can be purchased here Holy Cow (UK Paperback Version)

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